Posts with the tag “pastor-wil-staley”

Daily Devotional
February 29th, 2024
Who is your favorite musical artist? One of my favorites as of late has been Charity Gayle. She has a song called “Endless Praise” that I could put on repeat and listen to over and over for hours. Do ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
February 15th, 2024
Marine biologist, Sylvia Earle who spent four decades at the forefront of ocean exploration, is an oceanographer who Time Magazine called "Hero of the Planet" in 1998. As a 3-year-old child, a wave si...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
February 1st, 2024
I love working with the youth. One of the benefits is I get to see little problems that they deal with and have the opportunity to address them before they become major problems for them as adults. Id...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
December 26th, 2023
When we look deep below the ocean's surface, some of the stuff we see can be pretty wild. For example, did you know that the Sarcastic Fringehead, Sea Pig, Royal Gramma, and Bloodybelly Comb Jelly are...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
November 16th, 2023
In June of 2017, rock climber Alex Honnold, once considered the best climber in the world, attempted to climb "El Capitan,” the 3200-foot rock face in our Yosemite National Park — without ropes. They ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
November 3rd, 2023
I remember the first time I got into a fishing boat. It wasn't that long ago actually and I went out with a friend and our sons to go fishing on the lake. Initially when getting into the boat the only...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
October 19th, 2023
Do you remember the yearbook section that highlighted those who stand out for their superlatives? It was an exaggerated way to recognize and celebrate people. They often say things like: Most Likely t...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
October 6th, 2023
I don't know about you, but I love pizza. In fact, my family and I might be single-handedly keeping the industry in business. I kid of course but we do have pizza almost every Friday night to go along...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
September 22nd, 2023
Simone Biles had been a decorated gymnast for nearly her whole life, leading up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I still remember hearing the shocking news that she was pulling out of the team and all-a...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
September 8th, 2023
The Disney classic Toy Story is a great movie about friendship. In the movie, Woody and Buzz find themselves on an epic adventure next door at Sid's house. At one point both characters find themselves...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
August 25th, 2023
Road trips are hit or miss for me. Much of it has to do with the other individuals who are in the car. But the place(s) that we are going to, the type of music we're going to listen to, and MOST IMPOR...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
August 11th, 2023
I heard that parking passes for last week's Taylor Swift concert were going for as much as $800 online! While I certainly don't identify as a “Swiftie”, Forbes declares that more than half of the US a...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
July 27th, 2023
Are any J. Beebs fans in the house? I'm not one myself. In fact, I'm not a huge fan of any secular artists really but there are some lyrics that have good messages every now and then. A particular hit...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
July 13th, 2023
Recently, I was playing in a team scavenger hunt game with my wife Alexis. In each round, the host would call for an object that every team was required to produce. The team that was able to present t...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
June 16th, 2023
When was the last time you upgraded your phone? The truth is most folks wait a couple of years and allow a few models to go by before upgrading to the “new and improved" version. Of course, nowadays I...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
June 2nd, 2023
Several weeks ago, I asked my students what they’d do for a million dollars. I quickly learned that the question should have been, “What wouldn’t you do for a million dollars?” I asked questions like:...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
May 18th, 2023
One of my favorite sports movies is “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton. The 2000 film is based on the true events of T.C. Williams High School’s 1971 (*spoiler alert) cha...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
May 4th, 2023
When it comes to group projects, are you the type of person who likes to be in charge and figure out what everyone else must do or would you rather sit back and wait for a role to be assigned to you? ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
April 21st, 2023
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a tough, no-nonsense kind of dad. I’m a bit old school when it comes to my parenting style. However, I often ask my sons to do things instead of command that they do the...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
April 6th, 2023
Have you ever had a near-death experience? It burdens me as I write this to see that there's been another school shooting that took place at a private Christian school Nashville, Tennessee. I can only...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
March 23rd, 2023
Do you know the United States Marine Corps’ 5th General Order of a Sentry? Do you know the acronym for the USMC’s 14 leadership traits? How about their battles of World War I, Code of Conduct, Core Va...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
March 10th, 2023
Have you ever struggled to figure something out? I fancy myself a person who enjoys solving problems. So, when my younger cousin asked me recently to help her with her college statistics homework I sa...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
February 24th, 2023
Has there ever been a time that you ate a ton of food that ended up making you sick? Growing up one of my favorite TV shows was "Hey Arnold". During one of the episodes Arnold enters into an eating co...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
February 9th, 2023
Have you ever felt really dirty? I've never felt dirtier in all my life than when I went through the Crucible. Recruits during boot camp must endure a 54-hour training event known as the Crucible in o...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
December 29th, 2022
By now I'm sure we've all heard the New Year's resolution stats right? Most people don't keep up with their resolutions past February. I personally have been hit-and-miss with mine. One of the strateg...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
November 16th, 2022
Have you ever felt abandoned? I remember that's how I felt after high school. My high school years were some of the best times of my life. I had a lot of really close friends, or so I thought. I enjoy...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
November 3rd, 2022
Are you the type of person who must finish what you start? I'm not. In fact, I'm really bad at finishing certain things. I've been known to start books and never finish them. Start projects and never ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
October 20th, 2022
Every generation has its version of slang. In the 1920s for example, "The bees knees" was an extraordinary person or thing, "Putting on the Ritz" meant to do something with style, and "iron ones shoel...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
October 6th, 2022
How do you respond when under attack? Everyone who knows me knows I'm a big movie guy. One of my favorites is the classic Karate Kid. One of the most iconic scenes in the movie is when Mr. Miyagi show...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
September 22nd, 2022
Have you ever played Two Truths and a Lie? It's a fun get-to-know-you, icebreaker game that I often play in situations when I'm around new people. Let's try it. Here are my three: a) I have been in a ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
September 9th, 2022
I'm not sure about you but I have a love, kinda love relationship with my family. Some of my family memebers are loud and bolsterous. Some of them are stubborn and REALLY challenging. Some of them are...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
August 26th, 2022
You may be familiar with the author Stephen Covey and his book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." In the book, one of Covey's encouraged habits is, to begin with the end in mind. The idea is that...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
August 11th, 2022
How do you feel about opposition? I'm not sure if you heard this story before but in elementary school one of my favorite days of the year was field day. It was a day in which we would compete in a va...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
July 28th, 2022
Have you ever had the opportunity to go on a mission trip? Maybe you've worked on houses (building, painting, or landscaping). Maybe you've been involved in Vacation Bible School in a small town, inne...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
July 15th, 2022
Have you ever felt powerless? Some people feel this way if they owe an insurmountable debt or experience a difficult addiction they can't seem to get free from. This type of feeling can leave individu...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
July 1st, 2022
I love coaching. I started coaching back in 2010. It started as a selfish way to get more volunteer hours on my resume for a promotion board I was going on while I was in the Marine Corps...and yes I ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
June 16th, 2022
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is a classic for me. I mean who wouldn't love an underdog story of a scrawny kid who gets superpowers and fights for our country? There's a scene early on in the m...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
June 2nd, 2022
Does the name Duce McKenzie mean anything to you because it shouldn't. You see that was a nickname given to me by one of my good friends in high school. The name is actually a combination of two names...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
May 19th, 2022
Have you ever seen some of those crazed fans in the crowd at a sporting event? Some of them are in costumes, some have their faces painted, and some even appear to be from another planet. No matter wh...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley
Daily Devotional
May 5th, 2022
Who is your favorite "unlikely" hero? Me being a youth guy, a few that come to mind are Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Peter Parker, and Emmet from the Lego Movie. Of course, there are several biblical ...  Read More
by Pastor Wil Staley