O God, by your grace grant me the obedience to yield a little more of myself today. Put me where you want me and let me be content. If I can’t be content make me faithful. Break my heart for the church and the church’s heart for the community. Help me learn what I need […]

“Bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing that comes from heaven.”-Ephesians 1:3

Fred Craddock once told a parable about a man who moved into a cottage equipped with a stove and simple furnishings. As the sharp edge of winter cut across the landscape, the cottage grew cold as did its occupant. He went out back and pulled a few boards off the house to kindle the fire. The fire was warm, but the house seemed as cold as before. More boards came off for a larger fire to warm the now even colder house, which in return required an even larger fire, demanding more boards. In a few days the man cursed the weather, cursed the house, cursed the stove, and moved away. Read more

“So how can they call on someone they don’t have faith in? And how can they have faith in someone they haven’t heard of? And how can they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14-15

What does it mean to start a new year as a preacher with new resolve, new hope, and new vision? If I may be so bold to offer a piece of advice at the beginning of the year.

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What does it mean to start a new year as a new person with new resolve, new hope, and new vision? One of my favorite scripture texts is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new […]

The Lord says…Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness. — Isaiah 43:19 CEB
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“The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”

-John 1:14
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The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.  Your savior is born today in David’s city.  He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

What is a church? A collection of rules based on law, or a congregation of relationships built on love? Is our action and identity together based on “administering” the procedures, or ministering to people? Bishop Dick Wills in his book, Waking to God’s Dream, writes, “When Eileen and I were first married, I was surprised […]

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes about Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War. He was “the highest-ranking United States military officer in the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prisoner-of-war camp.” Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973, Stockdale lived out the war without […]