Author: Bill

Just another guy with a blog.
____ Lives Matter

____ Lives Matter

Every human being, including you, is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 5:5, James 3:9, Psalm 8:3-6) This means that from the beginning, YOU are a carrier of God’s image, which makes your life valuable from the start, and you remain valuable throughout eternity.  Your life is important! In recent …

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10 Words

10 Words

#1 – AWE. If you would have told me 5 years ago all that God was going to do through Oasis, I’m not sure I would have believed you! I’m in awe. #2 – PLANS. God’s plans are so much bigger than our dreams and He is able to do so much more than we …

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A Longing Inside

A Longing Inside

There is a longing inside of you that is begging to be groomed. Adventure, joy, and triumph are calling your name.  The desire for conquest & adventure is buried deep inside your heart; like a seed in soil. Its’ roots have probed their way into the fabric of your soul. If you search for it, …

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Reflecting

Reflecting

Sitting here trying to wrap my mind around the past five years…it’s been an incredible journey. I’m blown away at God’s faithfulness to us. I am overwhelmed with both thankfulness AND excitement…I’m THANKFUL because God is allowing me to be a part of this…and I’m EXCITED because Philippians 1:6 reminds me, “God is NOT finished” …

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Hey Son,

Hey Son,

I haven’t been able to get you off my mind since your mom first told me. I haven’t forgotten the first time I heard your heartbeat. I haven’t stopped thinking about what it will be like to hold you, to know you, to watch you grow into a man.   Holy crap, I’m scared. I’m …

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How Do You See The Bible?

How Do You See The Bible?

How I SEE the Bible matters. If I see the Bible merely as a Weapon, then God becomes a military leader and all the Christians are just soldiers in his army. So I run to the Bible when I’m trying to prove a point or win an argument. Before I know it I’ll be using …

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10 Things (About Me)

10 Things (About Me)

#10 – I love making lists  EVERY sermon, blog post, vacation plan, email, etc…it all starts out as a list. #9 – I hate dressing up! Seriously wish I could wear t-shirt & jeans every day. #8 – I love dressing. For real tho, Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday because…FOOD…and dressing. #7 – My first favorite holiday? Easter…because JESUS. The …

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7 Decisions About Food

7 Decisions About Food

If you are out of shape and overweight, then I DARE you to take this challenge. This is not a diet. It is a slow change of lifestyle. There is no 30, 60, or 90 day program that is going to help you lose weight. And even if it did, you’ll gain it all back …

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Dear Twenty Somethings

Dear Twenty Somethings

Slow down. Your twenties are foundational for the rest of your life. Slow down and focus on your foundation. Identity, character development, spiritual formation, ethics and healthy habits are so important right now. Seems like you want to have everything your parents have in their 50s…now. You want to be married. You want a house. You want …

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9 Questions (about me)

9 Questions (about me)

#1 – When Did You Begin Following Jesus? I became a Christian when I was in 9th grade while living at the Falcon Children’s Home. My decision to follow Jesus was largely influenced by a man named Mark, who worked at the Children’s Home. But Mark was more than an employee, he was like a …

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7 Principles I Try To Live Out

7 Principles I Try To Live Out

Here are 7 principles I seek to live by as a husband and a father.  Obviously I know I’m a bonehead sometimes and I’ll jack this up occasionally, but as I grow into the role God has given me, I hope these things will become a part of my identity… 1. I’m an initiator. When it …

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I’m Coming Out

I’m Coming Out

One of the things I love about our culture is that everyone is encouraged to come out of their closet. I like the fact that we are learning to celebrate one another even if we are different. And I also think it is fantastic that many are learning to have healthy conversations instead of pointing …

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18 Thoughts

18 Thoughts

#1 – Oasis is NOT looking for reasons to EXCLUDE people, instead, we look for reasons to INCLUDE people. #2 – It’s impossible to thrive in your relationship with Jesus if you are not connected to the body of Christ. #3 – You CAN be a Christian WITHOUT being weird. #4 – We are more …

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God is moving…

God is moving…

God is moving at Oasis. There is no other explanation for the things we are seeing happen. Every Sunday we are seeing new faces, families are returning, and people are deciding to make Oasis their “home”.  It is an amazing feeling to be a part of a growing church. There are a number of reasons …

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4 Thoughts For Oasis Church

4 Thoughts For Oasis Church

#1 – 20/20 – I’m starting a new series this Sunday. It’s a vision series. I know there are a lot of people who are just “kicking tires” at Oasis. A lot of people are still “church shopping.” Well, here’s an opportunity to learn all the “information” you need while you are still feeling everything out …

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Labels

Labels

As a pastor, I get labeled all the time. Instead of rejecting labels, I’m learning to embrace them. Yes, I am LIBERAL – I question traditional values. I care about the poor. I want justice & freedom for the oppressed. I believe the government should be actively supporting social and political change & I believe …

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Why I Didn’t Report

Why I Didn’t Report

I was a child.  I was embarrassed. I thought it was all my fault.  I was afraid I would be in trouble for telling.  I wasn’t even sure if my mom would believe me anyway. His name was Lee. I recently saw him on the “suggested friend” list on Facebook and I almost vomited. He’s …

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