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Feb 2, 2022. Some Christians say they are submitted to God’s will. And that can be mark of maturity to be sure, but it can also be a cop out. We are in a relationship with Jesus, so believe it or not he wants to hear what we think and feel and want. #JesusStories: Do[…]

Jan. 26, 2022. How open are you to new ideas? Similarly, how open are you to the unexplainable ways of Jesus when they happen? I find I’m quite open to new ideas, but struggle to hold the mysterious decisions of heaven at times. #JesusStories: Mark 6 records Jesus walking on the water. The back story[…]

Jan 20, 2022. Every once in a while we are faced with an unusually big task. When this happens to me, my adrenalin starts pumping, my sleep becomes shallow, my mind starts breaking down the project into tasks so much so that I become aloof to everything and everyone around me. Grief! Please tell me[…]

Jan 12 2022. I do not like limitations being placed on my efforts. I’m sure you don’t either. And yet there are times when it happens in ministry. We have all bumped up against financial limitations that have stalled our leadership visions. Beyond that, there is the ongoing challenge of getting the people around us[…]

Jan 5, 2022. We don’t usually mean to be contrary to God, but as humans we are sure good at it. Our three-pound brains instinctively lead us in directions opposite of divine wisdom over and over again. Spiritual maturity then is the process of becoming more Christ-directed. #JesusStories: Jairus was a synagogue leader. I am[…]

Dec 15, 2021. Thousands of sermons are being preached during this advent season about Jesus’ coming, and I’m sure they will be filled with many stirring insights. I wish I could hear them all – Oh how I love the Christmas message. But there is one portion of the incarnation story that tends to get[…]

Dec 8, 2021 The term ‘shepherding’ has suffered some negative press over the years. Some have equated it with controlling the details of peoples lives, and that has created push-back. Others have perceived it as one of the ministry gifts that isn’t very effective in leading a growing church, and that too has created push-back.[…]

Dec 1, 2021. Most leaders entered the ministry imagining they’d be preaching on Sundays and shepherding their flock throughout the week. But staring down evil until it backs up?…that wasn’t in the original dream. #JesusStories: Mark 3 reveals some interesting things about the selection of Jesus’ disciples. First of all, they were twelve incredibly common[…]

Nov 19, 2021. We are a week away from thanksgiving, when we will be gathering as family and friends to laugh, eat, and watch football. It is also the time when most families offer the deepest prayers of gratitude they will pray all year. And that is meaningful. #JesusStories: One day as Jesus was walking[…]

Nov. 10, 2021. Through the centuries, the gospel has had ups and downs. At times the light has burned bright as the noonday sun, only to be followed by a time when it faded to a flicker. The gospel in the West is experiencing one of those latter chapters. What do we as Christian leaders[…]