You keep on making me see it’s way beyond me. -Toby Mac Was there no one found to return and to give thanks and praise to God, except this foreigner? -Luke 17:18 Outsiders gain great appreciation when they are accepted to become insiders. In reality, we are all outsiders until God shows grace and we... Continue Reading →
God gives and gives and gives. Out of gratitude and from a heart of justice, we give. Giving is an act of defiance against depravity. It rises up and says, "I will not tolerate disgrace. I will restore with grace-filled goodness."
This link is a helpful perspective for anyone fighting through various degrees of depression. Did Jesus Battle Depression?.
One day, Jesus went for an afternoon of sunbathing on his fancy boat. He was so excited to waste the day sipping lemonade, lying around and avoiding people except a couple friends. Of course there's nothing wrong with resting once in awhile, but...well, you'll see. However, he eventually got tired of that so he wanted... Continue Reading →
How do you know someone walked on the beach if you didn't seem them do it? Check for footprints. I know it's difficult to fully grasp an invisible God, but he has left footprints. The mystery is great, but Jesus shows us what God is like.
Have you taken a moment lately to consider the value of church attendance? Attending weekly services is good for many reasons. Also, church is not just about the traditional services. Church really gets cooking when you join a small group…and eat good cooking together. Whatever your current church involvement is, consider these six reasons to... Continue Reading →
Stress. Can you feel your stomach tighten and your face contort just thinking about that word? Children can be a source of stress, but play is a wonderful antidote to anxiety. Play can soften the toughest of kids and play can bring about greater family or group health. Most importantly, play is a gift from God... Continue Reading →
I can get emotionally wrecked quickly when I hear about or see children being damaged. The real question is, however, what accountability and protections are we putting in place to prevent it from happening on our watch?
My wife, Daphne, and I recently travelled to Nicaragua to train family ministry leaders. We were privileged to be invited as part of a pastoral training team working with Threefold Ministries. We taught two family ministry conferences while the remainder of the team organized details and collaboratively led the ministry couples conferences. The people attending... Continue Reading →