There is so much anger and hostility in the Christian community. It sometimes shows up as envy and resentment. At other times it manifests itself as one ups man ship and sarcasm.

Where does it come from?

From hell. From the devil. From the flesh. From unbelief. From mistreatment by professing believers. From bad mental health. From unconfessed sin and from unresolved guilt. You name it.

Sunday, 30 June 2019 12:52

His Grace is Wonderful

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This morning I read the story of Gideon, once again. After reading that story, I burst out singing the old hymn Wonderful Grace of Jesus.

Let me tell you what I saw in Gideon’s story. Hopefully, Gideon’s story will encourage you. God’s grace encourages, enriches and strengthens us for ministry.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Ear-tickling sells.

Friday, 31 May 2019 12:00

Moving Beyond Smoke Screens

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Have you seen any “smoke screens” lately? The term smoke screen originated as a term to describe the masking of the movement or location of military units such as infantry, tanks, aircraft or ships. Since its origin, the phrase has been used to describe any effort at a cover up. This could refer to language, behavior and misleading actions. This phrase is often used to describe human behavior that is not totally honest.

Friday, 24 May 2019 08:15

Where Have You Been?

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A funny thing happened to me this week. I have been trying to reach a good friend, with whom I speak almost weekly. However, on this occasion we hadn’t spoken in 4-6 weeks. I had tried sending text messages, making calls, and leaving voice messages. During this period he was having phone problems. He was missing calls from me as well as from others.

Friday, 17 May 2019 08:12

Alone!

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A few nights ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, I was overcome with a feeling of loneliness. My sons live in Chicago and Southeast Asia. I do not get to see them and their families as often as I would like. My father and only brother are both deceased. They died in 2007 and 2008. My mother and I are the only immediate blood relative family members left. My church is made up of people who are mostly related or life-long friends. These factors could contribute to loneliness.

Wait on the Lord. Be strong. Let your heart take courage. Yes, wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). 

Friday, 03 May 2019 00:00

Paul, Bi-vocational Pastor

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We all know pastoring is a full-time job. How can anyone, especially Paul, serve as a pastor and hold down a full-time job? Surely, “Paul, Bi-vocational Pastor” must be a misprint. Surely, Paul could not have worked a secular job and have been the great missionary preacher he was. Surely, Paul could not have worked a secular job and written approximately half of the books in our New Testament. Surely, Paul could not have worked a secular job and proclaimed the gospel in all the locations he visited. Yet he did.

Friday, 26 April 2019 00:00

How Do You Define Success?

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Defining success is a huge undertaking. It will affect your values. It will affect your emotional health. It will affect your happiness.

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