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Faithfully Celebrating

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’” (Matthew 25:23, NLT) I want to hear those words, don’t you? “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” And…

God Provides

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19~ I am remembering the day we purchased firewood from a rural man with a very large pile of cut and split…

Spacious

A year ago, a verse in the Bible was a source of tremendous encouragement for us as we embarked on the new adventure of heading to west to Washington. “He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19) I have been…

All Aboard

“The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray.” (Acts 10:9) I like the picture of this verse, the snapshot of people on a journey. The word “journey” is a word I really like….

It Rains

It rains on occasion here in the Pacific Northwest. I am remembering the time we were painting some new baseboards. We put on a nice primer, bright white soaking effectively into the raw wood. The primer looked like it was infused well into the boards. Then we brushed in 2…

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…