Videos & Resources

The #1 Reason I Love Being Catholic

The #1 Reason I Love Being Catholic

There are many reasons I love being Catholic. But one stands out above all the rest.
Better Together: The Expectations Gap

Better Together: The Expectations Gap

When you and your spouse have different expectations for one another and your marriage, conflict can arise. Learn how to manage that in a healthy way.
Better Together: Money

Better Together: Money

Money and marriage. Two "M" words that often create conflict with one another. Here's how to prepare for that conflict and how to navigate through it
Better Together: The Most Important Word in Marriage

Better Together: The Most Important Word in Marriage

The most important word in a marriage? It's not love. Here's a hint: it starts with "F."
Better Together: Disappointment, Resentment, Anger, Frustration, and Loss of Trust

Better Together: Disappointment, Resentment, Anger, Frustration, and Loss of Trust

If you are not careful, your marriage can begin the long, slow, painful road to misery, all because the little things have led to a lack of trust.
Better Together: Everybody Has Expectations About Everything

Better Together: Everybody Has Expectations About Everything

We all have expectations. In every area of life. And when it comes to marriage, those expectations can be massive. But when our spouse has different expectations from our own, a gap can emerge. This video will help you be ready for that expectations gap.
Better Together: What Do You Think Your Spouse Expects from You?

Better Together: What Do You Think Your Spouse Expects from You?

If you want to have a productive conversation, try to imagine just what your spouse actually expects from you.
Better Together: Building on Your Strengths

Better Together: Building on Your Strengths

The key to a long-lasting, satisfying marriage usually comes from this: discovering how to build on the strengths you share as a couple.
Better Together: Expectations Change

Better Together: Expectations Change

Marriages go through ages and stages. And as you and your relationship mature, your expectations for each other, and for your marriage, will change.
Better Together: What You Bring

Better Together: What You Bring

Help your marriage grow and mature by thinking less about what your spouse brings to you and more about what you bring to your marriage and your spouse.
Better Together: Your Money Dream

Better Together: Your Money Dream

We all have dreams. Dreams for our marriages. Dreams for our children. Dreams for our jobs. But having dreams for your money as a couple can be a game-changer.
Better Together: Saving

Better Together: Saving

Learn how to take the long view in your marriage when it comes to money. It will make all the difference in the world.
Life In His Name: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Life In His Name: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The Gospels were written for a very clear purpose: that you may have life in His name.
Rediscover Sacrifice: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Rediscover Sacrifice: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

He's an old, old word. A word with impressive parents and family lineage. But we've almost forgotten him. I invite you to meet "Sacrifice."
Good, Real Friendship: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Good, Real Friendship: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Jesus gives us a crucial lesson in friendship in the Gospel of John. Here is a good way to measure what kind of friend you really are.
You Have the Living Water: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

You Have the Living Water: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The precious gift of the Holy Spirit will empower you to experience life in ways you never imagined.
The Power of Love: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The Power of Love: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The greatest mystery of them all.
Remember Who You Are: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Remember Who You Are: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The words that changed my life. Powerful words.
Courage and Perseverance

Courage and Perseverance

Jesus, Harriet Tubman and YOU all have something in common. Jesus had to face rejection in his hometown, but he persevered in his mission. Harriet Tumbman had to face great fear and doubt, but she bravely saved hundreds of slaves. You too will face obstacles on the path to becoming who God made you to be. Allen reflects on how we too can be a person of bold faith!

This week's Gospel reflection is on Mk 6:1-6.
All Things Are Possible With God: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

All Things Are Possible With God: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

With Jesus, a little becomes a lot. In ways you can never anticipate.
A People of Truth: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

A People of Truth: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

In a social media world, where truth doesn't matter, people of faith should stand for truth.

In a culture of gossip and misinformation, people of faith should stand out for one thing: truth.
The Beauty of Faithfulness

The Beauty of Faithfulness

When times get tough, do you give up or press onward? This video will help you discover a long-forgotten word to help you grow forward.
God is Your Healer: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

God is Your Healer: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

A body riddled with cancer. A heart loaded with grief. A mind addicted to prescription medication. A soul attached to gambling. A heart restless, seeking purpose. A relationship torn apart.

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS MARK 7:31-37

Where do you need healing in your life?

Today, I reflect on something we all need: God’s healing power.
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It's All About the Kids

When you hold a child, you hold the future. When you teach a child, you shape who they will become. And when you give a child the gift of strong morals and deep faith… you are doing something so powerful it could change the whole world.

Allen reflects on Jesus’ beautiful love for children, his call to honor the children in our lives, and the world-changing power we unlock when we help them become the best-version-of-themselves.
The Two Become One

The Two Become One

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.

What does that really mean?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS MARK 10-2-16 or 10-2-12

I share an ordinary story of extraordinary love—one that will show you the mystery, depth and true essence of marriage.
Leadership 101 with Jesus

Leadership 101 with Jesus

Jesus turned a group of uneducated, disorganized, ordinary men into a team of passionate, focused, courageous men that changed the world.

In this reflection, I highlight three key lessons of leadership from today’s Gospel right from Jesus himself.

Discover how they can help you unlock the power to do something great!
Running on Empty? : Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Running on Empty? : Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Do you ever feel like you are giving God your leftovers?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS MARK 12:28-34

After a long day at work or school, fulfilling relationship duties, taking care of the kids, squeezing in time for yourself...there’s often not much left in the tank to give to God.

Today, I discuss how to give God our all—not just in the moments we have to spare, but in every moment of our lives!
The End of the World: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The End of the World: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The world has drastically changed over the last 2,000+ years, but humanity really...hasn’t. We’ve always been obsessed with the future. We’re still trying to predict the end of the world. But could we have ever predicted how we got to where we are now? Not a chance! So, what’s the use?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS MARK 13:24-32

Maybe our fixation on the future has something to do with our longing for God...

This video summarizes the history of the world in an enlightening spelling lesson (an incredible feat alone in itself!) that gives us a clue as to how God wants us to view the days to come.
Get Right to the Core: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Get Right to the Core: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

What do you think is the most important thing you can do this Advent? Could it be searching for unique gifts, concocting the perfect eggnog, or decorating the most festive tree?

TODAY'S GOSPEL IS LUKE 21:25-28 & 34-36

While these activities certainly help make the season bright, the best thing you can do is to become a better-version-of-yourself. In a culture that makes Advent the most chaotic time of the year, it’s up to you to decide to walk away from the stress of the season and focus on what matters most.

Who would you become by December 25th if your first priority was to look for ways to humbly serve? I explore this question and share a memory of how service not only helped me love others more deeply, but changed who I am at the core.
The Pink Candle Memo: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The Pink Candle Memo: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The Christmas story drips with joy at every turn—from John’s jubilant leap at Mary’s visit with Elizabeth to the Wisemen’s journey to the manger. In fact there is so much joy surrounding Christmas that even some who don’t believe in Jesus celebrate the season!

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS LUKE 3:10-18

So if the joyous Christmas story is at the core of our beliefs, then why are Catholics associated with long faces and wagging fingers? It’s simple—we forget!

Enter a simple reminder—the pink candle. A symbol of the contagious joy that is at the center of God’s heart. I share a few ideas on how to invite joy back into the center of your life this week as you approach Christmas day.
What Real Wisdom Looks Like: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

What Real Wisdom Looks Like: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

The Secret To Life-Changing Worship

What real wisdom looks like

Here I discuss a word we don’t use much anymore, but one that is absolutely key to our happiness: Worship.

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS MATTHEW 2:1-12

It’s actually the word that made the Wise Men so wise.

Knowing what it means won’t just make you wise too - it’ll change your whole life.
Shortages become Abundance: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

Shortages become Abundance: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

One of the most frustrating parts of being human?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 2:1-11

We’re always facing a shortage. A shortage of resources amid scarcity. A shortage of patience in a strained relationship. A shortage of hope when a problem seems unsolvable.

I reflect on the core lesson from Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana. When we embrace it, we find the one solution that brings abundance to every shortage.
Turn Your Shortage into Abundance: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

Turn Your Shortage into Abundance: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

One of the most frustrating parts of being human?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 2:1-11

We’re always facing a shortage. A shortage of resources amid scarcity. A shortage of patience in a strained relationship. A shortage of hope when a problem seems unsolvable.

This video reflects on the core lesson from Jesus’ miracle at the wedding at Cana. When we embrace it, we find the one solution that brings abundance to every shortage.
What Does Love Your Enemies really Mean? Feed Your Soul Gospel reflection

What Does Love Your Enemies really Mean? Feed Your Soul Gospel reflection

Jesus’ Hardest Teaching?

What Does Love Your Enemies Really Mean? - Feed Your Soul: Gospel Reflections

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS LUKE 6:27-38

Jesus has plenty of difficult teachings. This one might take the cake.

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

This video reflects on what it means to live out this teaching and what happens to us and the world when we do.
How to Get More out of Life: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

How to Get More out of Life: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

Life Isn’t About What You Think

How to Get More Out of Life - Feed Your Soul: Gospel Reflections

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS LUKE 4:1-13

What would happen if you got everything you wanted? It’s natural to think that getting what we want will make us happy and satisfied.

There’s just one problem: we usually want the wrong things. Things that don’t bring real happiness or joy or peace—things like money, pleasure, status, getting even, the list goes on.

This video reflects on Jesus’ temptation in the desert and one key truth it reveals to us: life isn’t about getting what we want at all. It’s about something so much better…
The Biggest Forgiveness Misconceptions: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

The Biggest Forgiveness Misconceptions: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflection

The Uncomfortable Truth About Forgiveness

The Biggest Forgiveness Misconceptions (& how to get past them) - Feed Your Soul: Gospel Reflections

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 4:5-42

Forgiveness is one of those things we often get wrong. Both in action and in outlook.

Perhaps we think it is easy, until someone wounds us deeply.

Or we think it’s a sign of weakness, until we realize the strength it takes to give and receive it.

Maybe more than anything else, we think forgiveness has a limit. That there are some things that can’t be forgiven, shouldn’t be forgiven.

This video reflects on a powerful moment where Jesus shows us the truth about forgiveness.
14 Words that Will Change Your Life: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

14 Words that Will Change Your Life: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Never Forget These Words

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 20:1-9

Today begins the most sacred time of the year. Our savior will die, resurrect and promise to come again, showing us the greatest example of love the world has ever known!

Allen reflects on 14 life-changing words that sum up our faith. They tell us who we are and provide a glimpse of all we can become.

Hear these words. Allow them to fill you up. They’ll help you have a more powerful Easter experience than ever before, if you let them.
The Most Fascinating Story in the New Testament: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

The Most Fascinating Story in the New Testament: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

What Is the Worst Kind of Blindness?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 9:1-41

The New Testament is a book full of miracles, defining moments, and radical transformations. Today’s story might just be the most fascinating of them all.

A man born blind is healed by Jesus. Rejection, confusion, fear and ultimately faith all follow.

Buckle up for a powerful ride as Allen explores the incredible graces hidden in this story.
Get to Know the Shepherd: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Get to Know the Shepherd: Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections

Do You Know The Shepherd?

THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL IS JOHN 10:27-30

How do you live the kind of life that overflows with joy and purpose? What will lead you to the only peace that lasts? How can you face extraordinary trials with unconquerable hope?

The deepest questions and greatest desires of your heart all have one answer. Just one.

Allen’s unforgettable story today holds that answer.

Books

Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor
Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor
Dreams for Your Grandchild
Dreams for Your Grandchild
The Turning Point
The Turning Point
Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody (3rd Edition)
Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody (3rd Edition)
The 21 Undeniable Secrets of Marriage
The 21 Undeniable Secrets of Marriage