Dependence within uncertaintity

UNCERTAINTY. UNPREDICTABILITY. CHANGE. INCONSISTENCY. INSECURITY. None of these words above come with good feelings. I think all of us desire a clear path forward. We want to be sure of where we’re going and want to get our “ducks in a row” as we make plans and structure our life. In fact, we often delay decisions as we wait for “clarity” – a better understanding of that decision in the future. …

Ministry is personal

Ministry is personal. By it’s very definition, when we engage in ministry activities, we’re engaging with people. I hope you view it that way. In my previous post, I wrote about how we’re called to relationship, not to function. And based on the reality that this activity is relational, it impacts me personally. Sometimes personal is encouraging, and sometimes personal is heavy and tough. Sometimes it’s both at the same time. The …

We’re called to relationship, not just a role

When we hear the word “calling,” we often associate it with a specific assignment or function that God has given us. While that can certainly be true, it’s secondary to the calling that He’s placed on us universally as a believer in Christ. Consider three places in scripture where the word “calling” is used: Romans 8:28-39 – All things work for good for those who love I’m and who have …

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He must become greater; I must become less

Every day, I’m surrounded by a bunch of really gifted people. Engineers, designers, musicians, leaders, creatives of all types, encouragers, administrators – staff and volunteers, all really good at what they do! These people produce great results, and those results often attract compliments and encouragement (which is good, by the way!). We talk often as a team about our responsibility to point others to Christ; to put Jesus on display and bring …

Rest

It’s been a busy season. When you’re working in ministry, the Easter weekend and the time that leads up to always is. And as I was coming through the other side of that particular time frame and setting aside a day to be home and rest, I gave some thought to the question: How best to rest? Knowing that I hadn’t seen my family as much in the week prior, and …

My lesson on patience

Psalm 130:5: I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope   You’ll have to forgive the public post here, in which I’m fleshing out a lesson really aimed at myself. Hopefully it’s helpful for you as well, but this is a lesson God taught me this week… By nature, I am not a patient person. Thankfully, it’s an area of my life …

Are You A Good Host In God’s Family?

Do you know the feeling when you go to someone’s house for the first time? Maybe you are just getting to know them or even have yet to meet them in person. You walk up to the house, hoping you’re at the right door and that this isn’t one of those places that never uses their front door. You ring the doorbell and hope they hear it. Then the door …

Dream Big & Pray Bigger

Today, I’m reminded that God is bigger than I am, more passionate about His Kingdom than I will ever be, and able to do far more than I could even dream of asking Him to do. But I’m also reminded that He wants to involve us and wants us to dream big. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according …