Taking a Break

...a good decision.

Sometimes the best decision is to simply take a break. In the middle of a deep discussion about the way forward? Take a break. Working with a team over a troubling situation? Take a break. Intensely involved or engaged in work or a project? Take a break. Weary in well doing? Take a break. Taking […]

Independence…

...more than a day.

“Do they have a 4th of July in England?” It’s an old (and not funny) joke. The American tradition to celebrate independence from England is a serious matter. In 1776, the conditions were such that those seeking religious freedom in the new world, expected self determination to be inherent. It wasn’t. So the Revolution began […]

Patriotism…

...can be a beautiful thing.

When my father in law saw an American flag in a parade, he wept. He was a patriot. Never having served in the military, somewhere along the line he developed this love for country that never left him. He was a patriot. The older I get, the more I feel similarly. I reckon the cost […]

Great Days Ahead…

...remain on course.

We love the “Good Old Days” and exclaim that our best days are yet ahead. It’s not true in all things, but it is true in the Kingdom of God. Be led by the Spirit of God. Hear His voice and act upon it. Trust Him with all your heart and know that He will […]

Worship always…

...even now.

Like your witness, your worship, always shows. Extending grace to an undeserved person? That’s worship. Spending all your money at the casino? That’s worship of another kind. Helping marginalized people? That’s worship. Interested in pornography? That’s another type of worship too. “a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship […]

Keep On…

...Don’t give up.

There’s a time to quit and a time to persevere. When it comes to doing good and God-honoring behavior, here’s a good word. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 Otto Warmbier teaches us something about […]

Love unconditionally…

...It’s more about respect than feelings.

Here’s a great verse for you. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 My point today is about the reality of love. Our culture seems to expect love to be about feelings or a poor word […]

Consider Learning a New Language…

...English nor your culture is not a requirement for others to know God. 

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” Romans 10:14 There are some parts of the USA that expect all dwellers to speak English. It’s a form of nationalism. When it comes tl the gospel, I believe […]

The Harvest Season is every day…

...make and take every opportunity to lead others to Jesus.

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37 I’m glad when I am in a worship meeting and the opportunity is given for people to deepen their relationship with God. Where I come from it is known as the “invitation.” Generally, it follows the sermon and comes before the last song. Can this […]

Prayer is a Relationship

...pray without ceasing.

In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians he advises, “Pray without ceasing.” How do we do that? Our prayer life can go this way: Prayer wishes – We have an innate appeal to God when we are in danger or hoping for a miracle of some sort, like winning the lottery, or passing a test in […]