Helping My Brother through the Door

  “Don’t you do what Ginny did,” my brother Terry said angrily. It was 1974.  We were in Maryland at our parents’ home, talking about giving our hearts to Jesus, which our older sister Ginny had recently done. Terry was the big brother I had fought with growing up, but...

The “Most Wanted” Man Met Us at the Door

  In a few days I will join the other men of Life Ministry Kenya for a 3-day prayer and fasting outing on the outskirts of Nairobi. We are in a 21-day prayer and fasting season as an organization. We love to pray, and especially pray and fast. In the midst of the perpetual...

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...

Strengthened By Prayer

On the night before Jesus was crucified, He took His disciples to the olive grove called Gethsemane, where He told them, “Sit here while I go and pray.” (Mark 14:32-42) The mission of God has sometimes been called a rescue mission, but I think it’s better to describe it using Luke 15 as a...

Workers Raised Up through Prayer

  As I have traveled in these past six months, one thing has impressed me about the places where we are seeing new fruit: a prayerful belief of those involved that God is at work. Success is not simply about using creative approaches or trying harder. It is about walking in dependence on the...