Pray…and Hope

“The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called 12 of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields.” Matthew 10:1 (The Message) I wish that this were my normal prayer experience – say a prayer and it is answered! Here is the context. At the end of Matthew 9,...

Was There a Better Plan?

The plan was simple: take some American Olympians on a mission trip during their off-season. The plan looked even better when one of them won an Olympic gold medal! Things were shaping up to be a first-of-its-kind ministry trip for us. Then the dreaded texts started coming: “I’ve been injured and need to rehab,”...

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are...

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) One of the young women I disciple came to me in tears. She was so upset, our first moments together were spent...

BOLD IN HIM

“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.” Ephesians 6:19,20 (Holman Christian Standard...

DISCIPLESHIP IN RAW FORM

Recently I attended an open-mic night at the home of Dr. Jody Armour. Dr. Armour hosted this event for a group of about 50 artists. The artists had been given a topic the previous Friday and had spent the week creating a spoken word, rap, poem or painting around the topic. Each participant had...

THE WAY HE WANTS IT

You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? Isaiah 29:16 (NIV) I am slowly growing a little in my cooking...

THE MOLDER

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 (NIV) The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8 (NASB) Chances are, you’re like me. You have a bunch of things going on right now....

LEAVING OUR COMFORT ZONE

Then He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this...

PRAY CONTINUALLY

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) You just read one of the shortest verses in the Bible. Congratulations! But please don’t pass over it too quickly. Like road signs we routinely ignore on the way to work, we can. I believe there’s a lot stuffed into these two words. Let’s take a prayerful moment...