My Mother’s Strength was My Greatest Need

I didn’t like my mother growing up. Well, that might be harsh. Let me say I didn’t know my mother growing up. There was no time for a relationship. My mother was more interested in respect and obedience than relationship. And so I didn’t like her because I didn’t know her. Here I was aContinue reading “My Mother’s Strength was My Greatest Need”

Precious People Along the Way

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” ― Donald Miller One of the best things I have discovered as a pastor is that relationships are more important than missions, money, movements or any of that other good stuff.  As a church family, we are multi-faceted not monolithic andContinue reading “Precious People Along the Way”

“He Still Has Some Issues To Work Out”

Originally posted on J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian:
He leans over to me all quiet-like in church and says, “He still has some issues to work out.” I want to tell this guy, “So do you.  So do I.  We all do, bro.” He says in a sly whisper, “He really just needs…

What the Resurrection Means to Me

“I wish I could do it all over again;” “I wish I could take it back.”  These phrases depict some of the times in my life when I have hurt, insulted, or denigrated someone.   When I have said or did someone wrong, my heart’s cry is to turn the tables around, push the rewindContinue reading “What the Resurrection Means to Me”

Motivation for Service

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love,Continue reading “Motivation for Service”

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

“God is love.. . .There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear.” I’ve discovered the secret to vanquishing fear.  Love; mature, unconditional, love.  I’ve found it.  I told you i used to be afraid of dying as an unknown entity.  Well, not anymore.  I’ve found unconditional, unbiased, love.  Now I canContinue reading “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear”

The Value of Teamwork

A loner is out to get what he wants for himself. He opposes all sound reasoning. A fool does not find joy in understanding but only in expressing his own opinion. (Proverbs 18:1, 2 GWT) A man set his sights on becoming rich and powerful. He made his plans, gathered his resources, and started onContinue reading “The Value of Teamwork”

Settle Your Disputes Quickly

Now I appeal to Euodia and Syntyche. Please, because you belong to the Lord, settle your disagreement. And I ask you, my true partner, to help these two women, for they worked hard with me in telling others the Good News. They worked along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names areContinue reading “Settle Your Disputes Quickly”

The Long Path Toward Maturity

Ah, the joys of youth. Nothing compares to the adventures of the immature. Obstinate, idealistic, passionate, and reckless. The approach to life is filled with risk taking. Every discovery of life seems perfect, right, and noble. When the immature commit to a cause look out world. Their exuberance and zeal knows no bounds. They willContinue reading “The Long Path Toward Maturity”