“The very things that held you down are gonna carry you up and up and up.”
– Timothy the Mouse

Two things here…

ONE – What you need right now is probably already within you!

Psalm 139:16, Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 1 Peter 4:10-11

TWO – What is different about Dumbo is the very thing that allows him to do what no one else can!

  • Esther was a Jew hated by many, Esther 2:20
  • Zacchaeus was short but I’ve known his story my whole life, Luke 19:1-6
  • Ehud was left-handed which enabled him to kill King Eglon who had enslaved and plundered Israel, Judges 3:13-30

“God can turn brokenness into a strength if we let Him and transform any tendency to vice into an opportunity to virtue.”
– John Mark Reynolds

It’s important to have friends. But it’s more important to have good friends!

1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 18:24

Doing the most awesome thing, attempting the greatest exploits, taking the biggest risk, using your talents to the fullest will put you in uncomfortable places.

  • Noah was ridiculed
  • Moses felt inadequate
  • Gideon tore down an idol, but secretly because of the danger
  • Hosea married a former prostitute at God’s direction

Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Philippians 3:13-15, 4:13, Isaiah 43:19, Matthew 19:26

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Fallout IS NOT the end of your story.

Psalms 34:19

David was not born a king…

Looked over – 1 Samuel 16:6-7
Youngest of 8 sons – 1 Samuel 16:10
A shepherd – 1 Samuel 16:11

BUT he became God’s chosen king!

1 Samuel 16:13

Experiencing fallout is an opportunity for personal growth.

David’s Timeline

Annointed by Samuel – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Kills Goliath – 1 Samuel 17:32-50
Saul tries to kill David – 1 Samuel 19
Saul dies & David becomes King – 2 Samuel 1 – 5

How you respond to fallout determines how far you go.
Acts 13:22

How to respond to fallout

1) Have Heart

1 Samuel 16:7

Who you believe God is will determine what you think God will do. – Brian Houston

2) Be Faithful

1 Samuel 16:11

Being faithful doesn’t mean you are fearless. It just means that your faith is greater than your fear. – Christine Caine

3) Be Yourself

1 Samuel 16:19

People may admire you for your strengths, but they connect with you through your weaknesses. – Craig Groeschel

Fallout IS NOT the end of your story. It’s an opportunity for personal growth. How you respond determines how far you go.

Mary Poppins Returns

“Everything is possible. Even the impossible.”
Mary Poppins
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
Jesus Christ, Luke 18:27

John 4:3-9

  1. She was a Samaritan.
  2. She was a woman.
  3. She was a sinner.

John 4:13-15

She believed the impossible was possible!

John 4:16-26

Jesus takes everything that Satan has used against you and uses it for His glory.

John 4:28-30

“Sometimes God uses broken people like you and me to rescue broken people like you and me.”
Eddie Cortes, youth speaker

Satan knows your story is powerful. Otherwise he would not try to constantly chip away at the miracle of you!

One day you will tell your story of how you’ve overcome what you are going through now and it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.

“That’s what we storytellers do. We instill hope again and again and again.”
Walt Disney to P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks

Tell your story!

John 4:39

If Jesus can use a shameful, poor, Samaritan woman to save people, why not you?

Imagine getting to heaven and God saying:
Before I laid the foundations of the earth, I thought of you and the days you would live on earth. I planned out the people and the places I would give you. I laid out you neighbors and your workplace, the places you would attend school, and your family; I laid out enough days to do all the good works that I purposed for you and I equipped you with all you would need to accomplish those purposes here. I filled you with my Spirit to encourage and remind you and lead you. I gave you my word so you would know me and know what to do. I gave you people to run with and people who needed me.

Romans 14:12



Aquaman’s supernatural side was actually more natural to him!

Aquaman said, “I already know how to swim.”
Vulko replied, “Not even close. You have to forget all the teaching of the surface world, go deeper to discover your Atlantean instincts.”

Genesis 1:26, Job 32:8, Romans 8:16, Zechariah 12:1
We are more spirit than flesh!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”f7g2W” via=”no” ]We don’t prepare to fail. We fail to prepare. But the result is still a fail.[/ctt]

Aquaman had abilities and power beyond imagination. So do we! Romans 12:6-8, Acts 1:8, Luke 10:19

To win, he had to bring the supernatural power he was given into his physical word!

There is an enemy, and if you aren’t fighting spiritually, I guarantee you, you’re losing. Aquaman, often like us, wanted to just ignore the coming war which was already happening to others.

In war there is a high casualty cost, and not just the warriors. Innocents are caught in the middle, children go hungry, people lose their homes & possessions, and many die.

[ctt template=”3″ link=”w36R7″ via=”no” ]We don’t fight for God, we fight for those innocents![/ctt]

We don’t really blame Orm (the bad guy). We know it’s up to Aquaman, he is the key, the hope, he must defend, fight, and step into destiny or all hope is lost.

Then why do we blame Satan?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” attributed to Edmund Burke

Destiny doesn’t call at my convenience.

“I knew you couldn’t stand on the sidelines forever.” – Tom Curry

Into The SpiderVerse

There’s only one Spider-Man… right?

MATTHEW 3:13-15

Jesus is inviting us all into this story.

John 10:9-10 CEV

“What I like about the costume is that anybody reading Spider-Man in any part of the world can imagine that they themselves are under the costume. And that’s a good thing.” – Stan Lee

Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus

Pharisees (like Saul) had their way of thinking challenged by Jesus.


Jesus was all about including EVERYONE

If you draw your circle too small, you eventually end up alone

1 Timothy 2:1-4

We’ve got to take care of our “neighborhood.”

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.” –  Charles Spurgeon


I never thought I’d be able to do any of this stuf—but I can!  Anyone can wear the mask.  YOU can wear the mask.  If you didn’t know that before, I hope you do now. -MILES


ACTS 1: 8

We cannot do it on our own

“When I feel alone, like no one understands what I’m going through I remember my friends who get it.” – Miles


God uses our relationships with each other to bring us closer to Him.
Jesus knew this.  That’s why he said, “Love one another as I have loved you.

We may fail… but we can’t lose.

Jesus and Peter walk on water


The Incredibles 2

The World Needs Heroes

he·ro /ˈhirō/ noun
1. a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces “nice” people, not heroes.” – Peter Kreeft

Heroes inspire others to do good.

“People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them.” – Chris Colfer

Hebrews 10:24

Proverbs 12:26

1 Thessalonians 2:12


The Villain Seeks to Discredit Heroes

“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

1 Peter 5:8

John 10:10

Like Screenslaver, our enemy wants to use us to discredit ourselves.

Phillipians 4:8

Psalm 101:3

Ephesians 4:26-27

James 1:26

Heroes Understand It Takes A Team

“Everybody has something awesome to do for Jesus” – Rick Hand

1 Peter 4:10

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Proverbs 27:17

Ralph Breaks the Internet

1. Dads, we must help our kids grow up.

Proverbs 22:6

We must balance letting go while at the same time helping them not grow up too fast.

“Look, this place can bring out the worst in some people”
Yesss (speaking of the internet)

Your responsibility to keep your kids safe trumps their desire for privacy!

Parental controls protect your kids from being lured astray, from harm, from getting lost!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”bh2m1″ via=”no” ]Adulthood isn’t getting to live without rules. Being an adult means having the maturity to set your own rules.[/ctt]

2. Dads, we are the examples.

Ralph was a horrible example! He wasn’t thinking of what he was teaching by his actions.

We are the example from which they will most learn about:

  • Honesty
  • Apologies & making things right
  • Always learning & growing
  • Connecting
  • Evangelism
  • Bible
  • Prayer
  • Faith

Genesis 13:8-18

They were so focused on what they wanted, what they just had to have, they almost missed what they needed!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”94diK” via=”no” ]Don’t just teach your kids to chase what they want. Teach them to first and foremost chase Who they need![/ctt]

3. Dads, we have lead responsibility of discipleship.

Ephesians 6:4

Teenagers are more likely to imitate their parents’ faith than any other person’s faith in their life.

Article on the importance of parents’ example in discipleship and salvation.

  • Be purposeful

  • Consider their needs before your own

  • Point them to Jesus

Avengers: Infinity War

“to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle”
Marvel Studios

In Infinity War, The Avengers, the good guys, didn’t win. But we loved it anyway because we loved seeing all the heroes AND seeing all the heroes working together!

Who had the most screen time?

God gave you people in your life!

Again, this lie being spread that you don’t need anyone, including God, that “you are enough.” It’s according to how big your dreams are because God’s are bigger than I can imagine!

“You can’t be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man if there’s no neighborhood.”
Peter Parker/Spiderman

“Tony, listen to me. Thor’s gone. Thanos is coming. It doesn’t matter who you’re talking to or not.”
Bruce Banner/The Hulk

Heroes say “yes,” they sacrifice, they are team players. Maybe they don’t start out that way but have to if they are to become a hero.

Philippians 2:3-8

It’s too easy to say “no”

The key is balance – at home – and between home and everything else

How can we know when to say yes or no?

Don’t just teach your family that they are important, teach them that everyone else is important, too. And there are times to say “no” to yourself so you can say “yes” to someone else!

We are given a choice every day to be selfish or selfless.

Matthew 16:18
That promise is not an individual promise but a corporate one!

[ctt template=”3″ link=”5cR2o” via=”no” ]Even if all hope seems lost a bigger hope remains. And we find it when we pursue God together![/ctt]

Ephesians 2:10
WE have an epic mission set for US long ago!

Exposing the Power of God

Who is the Holy Spirit?

1 John 5:7, Matthew 28:19

Titles in the Bible: Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Spirit of Grace, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Truth, Eternal Spirit, Comforter, Helper, Advocate, The Spirit, The Holy Spirit

Why then is the Holy Spirit so often overlooked?
Because His purpose is to promote Jesus, pointing people to Jesus, convincing us of our need for Jesus, drawing us to Jesus, confirming Jesus’ message with power!
John 16:13, 15:26

Our inadequacies are not an obstacle to the Holy Spirit!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It begins with a prophecy – John 1:42

But it didn’t happen right then
or during a multi-hour prayer meeting in Gethsemane,
or later that night when SP was asked if he was with Jesus, 3 times,
or at the cross,
or the next day when he was in hiding with the rest of the disciples,
or when he went fishing like we talked about 2 weeks ago.

It happened in Acts 2 when he and 119 others were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit! Acts 2:1-4

Simon Peter’s unbridled speech became the first sermon of the church where 3,000 accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord! Acts 2:41

His recklessly bold actions became a focused boldness in Jesus, not his own ability! Acts 4:20

The miracles about himself became ministry connecting others with Jesus! Acts 3:1-8

Simon Peter, without the power of the Holy Spirit, would have continued to
speak and act impulsively at times,
resort to cursing and swearing when backed into a corner,
create more problems than he was solving…

The Holy Spirit took Simon Peter beyond his faults and inadequacies!
Not merely to a place of realizing his own peace and power but beyond that to a place of purpose in helping others come to their own place of peace and power!


1. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s power for you!

2. His power also has these purposes:
Teach and then remind us what we have learned
Guide us into all truth
Comfort and help us
Testify about Jesus
Power to share Jesus everywhere we go
Power for miracles
John 14:26, John 16:13, John 14:16, John 15:26, Acts 1:8, Hebrews 2:4

Acts 2:38-39