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Pray...and Hope

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, Jesus [...]
Was There a Better Plan?

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 a[...]
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

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 with me; Your rod and Y[...]
BIBLICAL TRUTH

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 calming he[...]
BOLD IN HIM

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 Bible) Without [...]
DISCIPLESHIP IN RAW FORM

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[...]