Category Archives: Minister Helps

Hope for a Broken World

As Tom and I processed the next few weeks, we were working out our timing so each of us would have holiday time with our families. He and Pam are gone to Kansas City this weekend for their Christmas there, … Continue reading

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A Favorite Time

HOME!  I’m home this week and on a Sunday. I’ve never been gone this much from my home church in my life. I’ve missed you. Not only have I missed seeing you, I’ve missed telling you the stories of Jesus. … Continue reading

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When the Pieces Come Together

Small choices are the building blocks of character formation. Being like Jesus is usually formed in little things that at the time might not seem significant. A choice to use kindness in place of trying to win, or the decision … Continue reading

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Tossing and Turning?

It is this heaven given peace that will move beyond anything that we can describe. It will begin to regulate our thoughts and emotions, helping us as we face the enemies that surround us. Temptations lose their power before one who is God centered. The forces of darkness are exposed as powerless when we walk side by side with Jesus in this world. Continue reading

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A Chance to Encourage Being Like Jesus

It was about 11:30p when I invited two young ministers to share a meal at a local Denny’s. We sat down with a cup of coffee and menus to discuss the opportunities and responsibilities of ministry. I enjoy such occasions. … Continue reading

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How We See The World Around Us

“Remember, when trying to determine a course of action based on the interpretation of life events, there is a danger that your unspoken desire filters your discernment, making the choice yours and not God’s.” Continue reading

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Broken Wells

Wanting acceptance and love, a place to belong, someone to trust all that you are with… it has eluded our friend speaking to Jesus. She has tried multiple times, partners who are nameless but numbered, and now has agreed to live with one not her husband just so she has a place to be.  When her ears are teased with the notion of living water… she is intensely aware that she has no way to get to it. Continue reading

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Present in Crisis

For us, not having the power to reset the story, we simply try to be present in the crisis. We come alongside those who feel the ravages of physical pains and heartbreaking loss. We can’t remove the event, but we can be willing to care. Continue reading

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Where the Imagining Fails

I have a vivid imagination. When I read any story, the images come alive in my mind as I picture the events that I read about. Sometimes the mental pictures move beyond what I am reading to take on elaborate … Continue reading

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The Valleys Between the Mountain Tops

Spiritually, the journey has both mountaintops and deserts, but more of life is lived in the desert. We wearily move our feet, plodding along without awareness of our surroundings, lulled into a sense of sameness trying to achieve another spiritual high, frustrated in the failure. Continue reading

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