Category Archives: Joel’s Blog

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – iPhone

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – iPhone While I know in my head that those words should be attributed God, as I consider my life it has also been true of my iPhone. My one … Continue reading

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On Prayer: Waiting Five Years For The Answer I Wanted

Five years. Yes, five years. When the Chrio family invited me to be their Pastor just over five years ago I began praying that God would develop relationships between our church family and the families that attend Pedro Guerrero Elementary … Continue reading

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More Than A Song: Why Picking Fruit On Sunday Is Worship

Do you remember the song ‘Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman? I know. I know. Bringing up a song from 1998 dates oneself. But do you remember it? If not, you can have a cultural experience by going here. As … Continue reading

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Invocation Dilemma – Offering A Prayer At The Mesa Public Schools Governing Board Meeting

“Will you offer a prayer at the Governing Board meeting for Mesa Public Schools?” “Sure!”  I replied, not knowing exactly what that even meant. This is how a meeting ended with a small group of leaders from Mesa Public Schools concerning refugees … Continue reading

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Wisdom for Benevolence- Helping Without Hurting

What do you do when someone approaches you in a parking lot asking you for a bus pass or for enough money for a hotel that night? How about when you get approached on a Sunday morning by someone who wants … Continue reading

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Someone wants to date my daughter

“Our daughters are on the cusp of dating and we’re not sure how to go about ‘screening’ the boys that want to take them out. We know we should do something, but cleaning a shotgun in front of them (as … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why I’m Out Of Debt At 31

It got me. Yep. My own sermon got me! On July 26th I preached a sermon on money by looking at Zacchaeus in Luke 19. In preparation for the message I started to think deeply about how secretive most people are … Continue reading

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