Missional Compulsion

Our church staff attended the “Field Forum” regional event together this week. One of the verses that was ignited in my heart was this one: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under…

Free to Dream

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b-32) A chemistry professor in a large college was told this story by a foreign exchange student about how to catch wild pigs. “You catch…

New Life from Discards

New life is happening. New growth is rising up out of the ground. Buds and blossoms on the trees are amazing here in the Pacific Northwest as spring unfolds. Looking at some Irises today, I was remembering when we dug up a bunch of bulbs a few years ago and…

Tests Sharpen Testimonies

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing…

Walking with God

I have been thinking this week about what it looks like to walk with God through faithful, giving service. These thoughts from Henri Nouwen were very encouraging: “What, then, is it that we do receive in ministry? Is it the hidden insights and skills of those to whom we want…

Team Power

The writer of Ecclesiastes paints a powerful picture of team with the words, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccl. 4:12) Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said,…

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve this year included a great adventure to the rifle range to do some target shooting with a friend. It was fun. I enjoy zeroing in on a target. In life too, especially with the start of a new year full of new adventures ahead and greater things…

Broken into greater JOY

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (James 1:2) A coach and friend of mine told a great story about the discovery of real joy. It was about a man who became lost in the mountains, broke his leg, and found…

What’s Really the Problem? (John 2:1-5)

“The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine.’ ‘Dear woman,…

Casting cares without reeling them back in

1 Peter 5:7-8a “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind.” —— –What is weighing on you? What is slowing you down? –What burdens do you need to unload to make you more effective and efficient? –Consider what you are carrying,…