Merry Christmas!

Last week my family and I went on a cruise for my wife's 50th birthday plus my son turned 22 the same day and my wife's grandmother turned 95 last week. My apologies as I missed my blog. Anyway, it was a festive time and quite chaotic. 25 family and friends from all over the [...]

2019-12-23T11:05:56-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Sacred Things part 2

Tony shared that he researched common concerns from people choosing not to go to church, and they are below... The church is...   Always asking for moneyPlays terrible music Too loudToo longToo hot/cold Has terrible preaching Too farHas too many things on the calendar Many years ago, before I ever came to church, I would've said similar [...]

2019-12-09T10:34:07-05:00December 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bonded Part 4

This BONDED series has given me the opportunity to write about some experiences regarding relationships over my life. I've shared over the last several weeks about best friends I've had previously and the painful ways those friendships ended. I had another best friend about 20 years ago named Angelo Cruz. We bonded as soon as [...]

2019-11-18T12:22:41-05:00November 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bonded / Covenant

The 3rd part of my Best Friends series concludes with a story about a friendship that developed in the church. I've had many great relationships in the church since I was baptized in 1994. Javier Amaya, Jack McGee, Flavio Uribe, Anthony Battle, Steve Bowen, Andrew Giambarba, Phillip Jackson, Russ Ward, Angelo Cruz, Wysmar Clealand, Ralph [...]

2019-11-11T09:18:49-05:00November 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bonded Pt 2

Bonding with other males has been difficult for me. From painful childhood memories of my biological and step-father coupled with several failed best friendships.      I wrote last week about a painful teenage experience about my best friend at the time, Phil. Today I'll be writing about my 2nd best friend, Ray. He and I [...]

2019-10-28T13:31:25-04:00October 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bonded / Unbroken Trusts

Male friends were always problematic for me.  As I've grown up, I've had a few best friends. It feels like all of those friendships have ended badly. I'll share about 1 of them today from my past. In High School, I became best friends with Phil Fasano. He was my mentor and everything I wished [...]

2019-10-21T13:21:06-04:00October 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Fall Traditions

So the tradition of celebrating Halloween is in a couple of weeks and it's one of favorite holidays.  Growing up in Northern NJ, the weather would be cool and the autumn season would be in full swing. The crisp breezes would cause the changing leaves to pile along the ground and large black hefty bags [...]

2019-10-14T13:57:25-04:00October 14th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Start and End Strong

During our service today Chris Jackson, who recently relocated himself and his family from Cincinnati, lead our communion thoughts. Sports, gaming, and women kept him from being close to God until he met a group playing basketball, who invited him to play, but more importantly, study the Bible.   Tony concluded the "This series could change [...]

2019-10-07T10:28:50-04:00October 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

REPENTANCE and CHANGE

Last week I traveled to Milford, Connecticut for work training at the Neopost USA corporate headquarters. New England in Autumn has such refreshing weather, with the leaves changing to Fall colors. Friday when I woke up it was a brisk 52 degrees. It's one of the many things I miss about the Northeast. The weather [...]

2019-09-30T09:50:36-04:00September 30th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Changing Sin for Good

Most of the blogs I've written in the last few months are about true painful and embarrassing experiences growing up. I'll change it up this week and write about a more encouraging time. It's much harder to remember these though. Sports I do recall Monday nights were reserved for Monday Night Football. If you're around [...]

2019-09-23T09:17:49-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments