And the LORD God said: “What’s that in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2) God has entrusted each of us with valuable things that he intends for us to use for the good of his kingdom and the fulfillment of his purpose. What kinds of things?  Special skills and abilities Unique perspectives and understandings Compelling passions and…

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George Müller is one of my historic heroes. He was a German evangelist who felt called to take care of the poorest children in Bristol, England in the 1800’s. He preached to small groups of people and received no salary. Müller felt his only financial support should come voluntarily from people. He prayed and God…

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I remember being in 7th grade and memorizing Galatians 2:20 for the first time. I was at a training camp learning how to present the gospel effectively to children. The living conditions were not great, the staff was crabby, and I was miserable. I wanted out! Then I learned the words to this amazing declaration of Paul: “I…

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How do we spiritually shepherd our people at a time when the Body of Christ is so polarized, fragmented, and testy? I’ve been asking myself that question every day for months. If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, you’ve been asking yourself that question as well.  Do we come out with fists swinging, calling it…

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Climbing walls aren’t for me. I have height fright and no desire to see how high I can climb. I think, “Why? Why, on earth would I torture myself like that?” I have had similar feelings when facing a new challenge.  Perhaps you’re similar. You look at a new challenge and you’re filled with hesitancy.…

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How are we to make sense of what’s going on in Washington and in our churches right now? We’re so very polarized. Where’s the truth? Who are we supposed to believe? It seems that our friends and neighbors are living in alternate realities. Here are 7 personal convictions that have helped me as I’ve leaned…

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* When insulted, he did not insult. * When assaulted, he did not assault. * He stubbornly refused to repay evil with evil. * He turned the other cheek and walked the extra mile. * He felt no need to boast, gloat, flaunt or fight for his rights. * He befriended his enemies and blessed…

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As I was reading through my journal from 2020, I was reminded about a poem that a good friend and fellow pastor had shared with me early in the year (pre-COVID). The poem is called “The Gate of the Year” and was authored by a young British lady named Minnie Louise Haskins. Shortly after my…

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The New Year is upon us! If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking and dreaming about what God has for you and your ministry in 2021.  Earlier this week, I took a couple of days to hike and pray in the mountains. It was cold and snowy, but I had a great time fellowshipping with…

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This Christmas week, I’ve been memorizing Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It’s been a rough year in too many ways to count: political instability, the pandemic, social…

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