We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer. -Wesley Duewel The believers at Philippi partnered with the Apostle Paul in what may be termed “missional prayer.” This relates directly to getting Jesus’ Great Commission done. It’s missional insofar as it is… More Missional Prayer
God is Light The God of the Bible reveals himself as pure Light (1 John 1:5). As Creator, he is the giver of all Life! Because all have sinned, we are separated from God and live in darkness, which represents death. God alone is our light and salvation (Ps. 27:1). Lost people love darkness rather… More “Shine” By Engaging: Phil 2:15-16
Tucked into this rarely read section in the Old Testament of our Bibles is a compelling story that can motivate and mobilize New Testament believers for mission. God’s people in Samaria, Northern Israel, are besieged by their Syrian enemy and struck by a lethal famine. Prices are exorbitant; desperate people resort to cannibalism! To add… More We Do Not Well, If We Don’t Tell (2 Kings 7:1-20)
Ephesians 4:15 – But speaking the truth love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Paul wrote this letter to the believers in Ephesus from a Roman prison around 61-63 AD. His purpose was to show Christians who they really were “in Christ.” Christ’s body, the… More Family Matters: Secrets for Great Communication
Everybody likes new beginnings, fresh starts. Having said that, I also believe in continuity and faithfulness to the task at hand or, in the way I sign off my letters, “Pressing On.” There is much value in positive, forward thinking. I understand that the Greek god Janus, from whom we get the name for the month… More This One Thing I Do… Press On!
In our age of consumerism and novelty, people buy new things and start new tasks but don’t preserve to “finish well!” On this New Year’s Eve 2014, Paul’s words ring in my mind, “I’ve fought the good fight of faith, I’ve finished my course and I’ve kept the faith! (2 Tim. 4:7) Life is a battlefield,… More Starting / Finishing Well!!
I struggle getting gifts for family and loved ones especially at Christmas time. The difficulty lies in selecting the best possible gift. My predicament is threefold: First, they may already have what I’m planning to get them. Second, they may not care to value or use it. Third, given they really need it, I worry… More The Perfect Present
Day by day he was getting older, weaker and his eyesight… dimmer! Simeon was ‘a man’; a poor, aging commoner with his share of daily difficulties in getting up each morning. Yet his devotion to God’s and his word was swelling and determination steadfast! The Spirit had assured Simeon that he will not see death… More Simeon’s InSight, ForeSight, Vision 4Mission
Growing older, I’m learning that practical faith and Christian living doesn’t mean I won’t have serious doubts. God gives faith as a gift to yielded believers who like Simeon, yearn to see his glory! I’ve watched some youth act “old and grumpy” yet many a Simeon/Anna “growing old gracefully”. Humans age and develop anxiety over the… More Simeon’s Christmas: Hope Amidst [Physical] Fears
It’s Christmastime, at last! I find waiting really difficult. We belong to a restless rat-race where waiting is synonymous to wasting time! Solitude is scary and stillness adds stress. Waiting when related to unemployment, ill-health or broken relationships can cause anxiety. Do you feel like you have been put “on hold”? I find it striking how… More Christmastime: Waiting for/on Our On-Time God