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That’s the title of the message from this past weekend’s service at my church.


There is some great advice and insight for parents, anyone planning on becoming a parent…or anyone who has parents. (Does that cover everyone now? Yep, I think so!)

I found inspiration in the message and a renewed sense of purpose as a result. Perhaps something you hear when you listen to it may end up blessing you, too.

Have a great day.

Meaningful Messages

Looking for direction? Guidance? Perspective? Encouragement? Purpose? Motivation? Hope? All of the above?

Click here:


I trust that you will find what you’re looking for. If you can’t find any of those after listening to the sermons on this page, please let me know.

Meanwhile if you live in or near Peoria, Illinois I encourage you to join us at Riverside Community Church this Sunday. If you don’t, I still encourage you to enjoy one or several of the sermons online and check back for more in the future.

Every time I set foot inside this church I am thankful to be there. The messages I have heard at Riverside have truly changed my life.

Hopefully the words spoken in these messages will bless you as much as they have blessed me 🙂

Worship // Service (Riverside Worship) iTunes Album

Looking for an energetic, uplifting worship album? Well, look no further than right here:


The album was recorded live at Riverside Community Church in Peoria, IL and the energy in the building that night was incredible. These musicians are blessed with some real talent and their heart for God certainly shows in the way they sing and play the instruments.

Face to Face and Can’t Stop are my favorite songs on here but they’re all really good. I hope you will enjoy the album as much as I do.

Jars of Clay: A Concert with a Cause (Backpack Peoria)

This is going to be awesome.

Jars of Clay will be performing live at Riverside Community Church in Peoria on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Cool stuff…but the reason it’s going to be a truly great event is because every ticket that is purchased will buy one child in our area a backpack filled with supplies or a school uniform gift card.

I repeat, this is going to be awesome.

$15 gets you a ticket to the concert and it also gets a kid either a backpack or a school uniform for ‘back to school’ time this fall.

It’s part of the Backpack Peoria program, run by Dream Center Peoria. The program has been running for nearly a decade and this year, the folks at DCP plan to give out 2,500 backpacks filled with supplies and 1,000 school uniform gift cards.

Those items will come at no cost to the students who receive them. They do cost money to purchase, however and that’s where this concert comes in.

Anyone familiar with Christian music knows that Jars of Clay is a top-notch band with a great sound and wonderful message in their songs. The concert itself is more than worth the 15 bucks. The fact that you’ll be enjoying a great show AND helping kids with their back to school needs, well, you just can’t beat that.

If you can’t attend the show but still want to support the program, your donation would be greatly appreciated. Visit the highlighted Backpack Peoria link above or you can give directly at this site: https://www.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=52-2376242

If you want more information, just call the Dream Center at (309) 676-3000 and the staff will be more than happy to tell you all about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance to those who plan to attend the concert or make a donation. God bless.

Metro Kidz Peoria

I had the opportunity to check out this program in person the other day. What a blessing to the Peoria area this is!

Metro Kidz is an outreach program run by the folks over at Dream Center Peoria. From the program’s website:

‘High energy event team brings a mobile stage into Taft Homes and offers games, music, live entertainment, prizes, candy and the Gospel message.’

It is indeed a high energy atmosphere and it is an atmosphere that is very positive as well.

I was amazed at how ‘into it’ the kids were and it was great to see the enthusiasm shown by the volunteers as well. You could tell that everyone who was there truly wanted to be there. That’s where good things can really happen, and they do happen at Metro Kidz.

I watched little ones jumping and dancing to songs like, ‘One Way Jesus‘ and in the process saw the love of God and the hope He provides just fill that entire room. It was awesome.

More people need to know about this program. Metro Kidz provides a safe, enjoyable environment for some wonderful children. More importantly, it is changing lives and bringing Jesus into the hearts of the little ones who are there. I can’t think of anything more important and meaningful than that.

Please consider supporting this program. Again, from the website:

‘We would like to welcome you to partner with DCP, promote the event and volunteerism to your friends, family, co-workers and church. Invite them to get involved. You can contribute by donating to Metro Kidz and/or sponsor a child. Your donation for Metro Kidz would assist in providing for or reducing the costs of resources for skits, prizes and candy.’

Thanks everyone.