His fiancée was pregnant and it wasn’t his doing. We can see how much this must have hurt him when we understand that, though he had every right to have Mary stoned to death, he opted to divorce her quietly and out of public view. He loved Mary. To see her pregnant by someone else … Continue reading Joseph’s obedience
“7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led” by Ed Stetzer at ChristianityToday.com Originally posted 2018-01-29 15:05:15.
This why community and fellowship are so important. Occasionally we choose to miss a Sunday morning gathering in order to worship and serve in other ways, but even in doing this, we realize how much we need the encouragement and companionship ship of our fellow sojourners.
“…the Spirit of God beckons our souls to breathe in elegant simplicity. Even on pressure-fulled days, we must be free to pick up the pace or slow down. Free to stop and worship God for a few minutes…”
So, the election is over. Having seen both campaigns over the last several months and having seen both of them will display their weaknesses, their shortcomings, and the ways in which they fall short (and yes, both campaigns fell far short of the ideal), I’ve come to realize that there might just be one statement only that truly … Continue reading My hope is built…
It has been estimated that somewhere around 95% of Western churches primarily operate on the principle of “come inside and see what were doing.” Other ways of describing this might include “come in here” or “let’s put on a fantastic and entertaining service so that people want to come back again.” This “attractional model” of … Continue reading Incarnational church
The people of God are at the heart of God’s mission for reconciling creation. In the Western world where individualism reigns supreme, there is unfamiliarity, awkwardness and even slowness in our calling to live as a community of God’s people. We are so accustomed to living and acting as autonomous individuals that the idea of … Continue reading Minimize the risk
Patient, anxious to see the whole picture, God lets us seeping slowly, quietly. The church [has] to learn how to wait. Pope Francis Waiting. That’s so….un-American….un-modern…un-fun. Nobody likes to wait. The well-known phrase “I want this yesterday” (and other variations of the sort) point out the extreme value we place on the now, the fast, … Continue reading Wait…be still
Abide with me; fast falls theeventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness. Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I … Continue reading Abide in Me
I Will Sing Of the Mercies I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. I will sing. I will sing. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. I will sing of the mercies of the Lord. With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness, thy faithfulness With my mouth … Continue reading I Will Sing of the Mercies