At church on Sunday, I had some varied and interesting conversations with... A man who is going through a major life transition and wanted me to pray for him A boy I congratulated for turning 10 years old who replied, "Thanks. I'm more ornery than ever!" A woman who is anxious about an upcoming surgery … Continue reading Conversations
Nearly two years ago, I brought a proposal to the elders at Alameda that I believed would revitalize our church family and re-energize our ministry to our community. The proposal involved me moving into a co-vocational role that would allow me to have more of a missional impact outside of Alameda and provide Alameda with … Continue reading Excitement at Alameda
Luke 2:52 tells us that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." That verse provides us with a great model for our own personal growth. So, what can you do this week to grow in... Wisdom What do you want to learn? What book can you start reading this … Continue reading How Do You Want to Live This Week?
This is the second part of the disciple-making prayer list that was given to me by Shodankeh Johnson, a faithful disciple maker for Jesus in West Africa. If this prayer list inspires you to be a disciple maker in the mission field of your own home, school, workplace, neighborhood, and community, you will find a … Continue reading Praying for Disciple Making Movements, Part 2
A few years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a day with Shodankeh Johnson, who is an incredibly effective and passionate disciple maker for Jesus and is the leader of a disciple-making movement in West Africa that is seeing thousands of people giving their lives to Christ, including hundreds of Muslims. One of … Continue reading Praying for Disciple Making Movements, Part 1
I've been working on becoming more intentional about giving thanks to God, no matter what my circumstances. To help me with this, I have turned to the psalms of thanksgiving, praying the text. Praying these psalms brings to mind things for which to be thankful that I might not think about otherwise. One of those … Continue reading A Habit of Thanksgiving
I often find myself gravitating to 1 John 5:13-21 to be reminded of who I am and how I want to live. That passage contains several affirmations that can guide your approach to the week ahead. So, take a few minutes and reflect on the following thoughts... "I write these things to you who believe … Continue reading Thoughts to Start the Week
Isaiah 52:7 says... How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" You are never as beautiful as when you are genuinely making Jesus known to others, proclaiming in word and deed the … Continue reading How Beautiful
A new month provides an opportunity... To reset your goals - what do you want to accomplish this month? To renew your commitments - what values do you want to live by? To revisit your priorities - what's most important to you and why? To rewrite your calendar - what does your calendar reveal about … Continue reading New Month, New Mindset
This is an encouraging post from fellow preacher John Dobbs... If you’re like most people, certain events in life leave you wondering. What is God up to? Whether it’s a financial reversal, family problems, or even the unexpected death of a loved one, we can honestly wonder if God’s paying attention. Sometimes it can feel … Continue reading What Is God Up To?