Category Archives: Encouraging Word

Real Choices

Join us this week as we open a new study series entitled Real Choices, with a look at Matthew 7:13-14 in our first study I call “One-way Choices.” Even though Bob was standing by Frank’s hospital bed with his hand on his brother’s shoulder – he knew there was a wide chasm between them.  They …

Thanks for sending me!

Dear Friends and Missional Partners: I want to thank you for your partnership in my mission to Belize City this past month.   This was a life-changing experience for me, as part of a team with REACHING & TEACHING INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES. We provided training and support to pastors and leaders in Belize. My role was …

I SAID YES, and am I ever…

How would you finish that statement, based on your personal experience with God? Which would it be?” “I SAID YES, and am I ever …” OR “I SAID YES, and am I ever …” Be honest with me.  How many times has God clearly commanded or asked you to do something – especially something difficult, …

Christmas Chaos and Change

  The Christmas story is the story of radical change that may feel like chaos to earthlings, but is a well-planned reordering of life and all creation.  The birth of Jesus was more than simply a change of address for the Son of God.  In all of history, and eternity, this was unique.  Jesus’ birth …

Dad’s Waitin’

Is Dad Still Waiting…? What is prayer? It is obviously more than reciting our Christmas List to a Celestial Santa Claus. Certainly, it is more than a pry bar to use as leverage against a stubborn boss in the sky. It can’t just be a plug-in for connecting with “The Force” or divine power! I …

The Table is Set: Come and Get It!

Ahhh, take a whiff of that! The savory aromas wafting into the room have everyone licking their lips and glancing toward the table. Gram got here early with her baked goodies. There’s a happy buzz of hugs and Noogies, OOOEWs and laughter, kid squeals and conversation. It’s a high and holy day for the family …

Praying the Scriptures

Is Prayer More than Reciting Your Wish List to God?  “Give God time to reveal Himself to you. And give yourself time to be silent and quiet before Him, waiting to receive, through the Spirit, the assurance of His presence with you, His power working in you.”   Andrew Murray Jesus described one unmistakable, identifying characteristic …

Are You a Practicing Apatheist?

Jonathan Rauch wrote a religion column for The Atlantic Monthly. He once titled the column “LET IT BE.”  In the piece, he compared his own religion – or nonreligion – to the current state of religion in America. “I used to call myself an atheist, and I still don’t believe in God, but the larger …

Grace be with you all!

Did you hear about the man bitten by a mad dog and rushed to the emergency room?  The Dr. reported: “The tests show the dog had rabies, and now so do you.” The patient immediately took out a pad of paper and a pen and began writing rapidly. The Dr. thought he was making out …

Finishing Strong

A marathon winner is not necessarily the one who blasts off the line fastest, but the one who finishes strongest.  We’ve all seen runners, horses, cars, churches and Christians who specialized in a flashy start, but fizzle before the finish. It is easy to blast out of the gate and tear up the track for …