Thanking your Pastor, 8 Ways to Show your Appreciation

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Has your pastor made a huge impact on your life? Has a leader from your Church been there for you through trying times? Church Leaders do so much more than share the Gospel. They care for the sick, perform weddings, and lead outreach efforts. There are many reasons that you might want to say thanks to your pastor or leaders within your church. Here are a few ideas for expressing your appreciation: 1. Never underestimate the power of a well written thank you note. It feels wonderful to open up … [Read more...]

Love in the Hurry

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When life's busyness hurries us through our days, it's easy to forget to love others through tangible actions.  We may think of ways to reach out—a word of encouragement, a gift, or an invitation—but we almost never have a convenient opportunity to do it, so we don't follow-through on our well-wishing thoughts.  As much as we wish that "it's the thought that counts" were true, we need to stop rationalizing our failure to act in love and start doing it! Here are 3 thoughts on loving … [Read more...]

Restored!

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He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147.3 Do you believe God heals? I do. I have experienced His healing in my life. It took time, because it's a process, but I've healed. You may already know this, but I have had surgery for torn rotator cuffs on both of my shoulders. The pain I felt when I injured them was bad enough but honestly, the recovery after surgery was worse! My right rotator had not only torn but there was an impingement in the shoulder area that … [Read more...]

Go Be Love

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A friend of mine, Abby Pound, has recently started to paint. The pictures she paints are simple yet powerful. I bought a simple painting from her that had three words on it, “Go Be Love”. I look at these words and I could easily glance over them. But if we take a deeper look, we will find a beautiful challenge. LOVE:  First what does love mean? Is it the absence of fear? Is it the absence of hate? Many times in scripture Jesus challenges us to love. But why should we “Go Be Love”? Before I … [Read more...]

“The Great Omission”

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"Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message). This passage of scripture is known as "The Great … [Read more...]

Being Branded by Jesus

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I’ve heard a number of missionary presentations, but two are written with permanent marker on my mind. One was from a young family living in the Middle East, another from the jungles of southeast Asia. I was in wonder of how their talks were marked up in a hundred different ways by the bold grace, mercy, and sustaining power of Jesus Christ. These missionaries were living in surrender to Him, a stunning picture with the signature of the Risen Savior all over it. Despite their humanity, … [Read more...]

Light Moves

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The sun rises in the east but it sets in the west.  It moves.  If you go outside to stand in the sun in the morning but you do not move, soon you will be in the shade.  We are to follow the light of the world, Jesus Christ, but if we don’t move we will not be following any longer and soon we will not be in the light anymore, but in darkness.  Follow is an action word that means MOVE! When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never … [Read more...]

Confessions of a High School Teacher in August

So we are halfway through August--how are you doing?  The blog on "Top Ten Words of Advice" had nearly 800 views, so we teachers are desperate for encouragement or humor.  Either way, I am praying for you,  and here's an offering in the name of teacher desperation   We are bonded in our effort to stamp out ignorance and still have a piece of sanity when June rolls around. So here are a few confessions that are working for me.  Some seem quite normal  or maybe just normal to me. 1.  I seem … [Read more...]

Lesson from Haiti: Do God’s Will–Now!

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God called me to Haiti for two weeks to work with a wonderful ministry called My Life Speaks (www.mylifespeaks.com).   I knew why.  I have been praying that God would “slay the beast” in me called pride and vanity.  I have an abundance of it.  We all do; it can be so subtle that we don’t realize it.  Our worlds revolve around us, making ourselves look good and always looking for a chance to take center stage.  If you feel that this does not typify you, consider your motives lately.  All … [Read more...]

The Remodeling of Our Heart

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On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, … [Read more...]