Working On Your Joy?

“I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4b I know Christians are supposed to be joyful people. And I realize that joy is a result of having the Spirit in me. . .that among all the people of the earth, Christians have the greatest reason to be full of joy. But, sometimes life steps in and robs me of the joy. I know I should feel it, but sometimes I just don’t. The question emerges: Is joy something I should just wait for? Will it just come upon me?I am not alone. There seems to be a great absence of joy in the lives of many Christians and congregations today. Of the several “fruit of t … [Read more...]

5 Reasons We Won’t Tell Each Other The Truth!

If truth is the path to freedom, why do we become so adept at avoiding it? I have observed many people ruin and frustrate their lives and the lives of loved ones by simply not telling each other the truth.“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32, NASB).When we allow ourselves to keep secrets, believe lies and harbor offenses, life becomes more of an illusion than an experience of reality. Ultimately we create barriers. We hurt ourselves and the people in our lives. Most often the ones we hurt the most are the ones who love us the most. Here are a few of the r … [Read more...]

The Loneliest Number!

“It is not good for …man to be alone…” - Genesis 2:18“One is the loneliest number …” -Harry NilssonFriendship is like food; we need it to survive!You and I are Formed for Friendship, we are only at our best when they are at their best. When you cultivate and tend to the health of your friendships, you are taking care of yourself in more ways than you may know.In recent years health researchers have proven that one of the biggest health hazards in our society is stress. But, perhaps even more important to recognize, is that one of the greatest causes of stress is loneliness or isol … [Read more...]

Winter Is Gone!

One of the most astounding visuals of late is what is occurring in Yosemite Park in California. An unusual snowing and cold winter has begun to thaw and the results are that astounding waterfalls are breaking out all over the part in ways not seen in decades.  This clip from NBC Nightly News is one to be watched and absorbed.  After a year so full in the earth of unprecedented numbers of tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and more - there is something encouraging and refreshing about what is going on in Yosemite. As I watched it, the words that kept coming to me were ... "Winter is over. The r … [Read more...]

Your Story is Strong!

“All Jesus did that day was tell stories — a long storytelling afternoon.” -Matthew 13:34, The Message“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya AngelouEvery summer an avalanche of hardback and paperback novels flies off the shelves at bookstores across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or traveling on vacation. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story!Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations.The moment the preacher begi … [Read more...]

The Twig in the Cement

While digging the foundation for a new church in Kingston, Jamaica, I learned a lesson about character I will not soon forget. Lacking the most in construction experience, I depended on the directions of my skilled co-laborers. After shoveling through several yards of ditches for the foundation in the sweltering tropical heat one afternoon, we finally started to pour the cement.As I spread and packed the muddy mixture with a rake, a tiny twig fell from the bank and into the cement. Thinking nothing of it, I continued to spread the hardening substance and just patted the twig into the mix. … [Read more...]

You Were Formed For It!

“Two are better than one…” - Ecclesiastes 4:9 “The better part of one’s life consist of his friendships.” - Abraham Lincoln“Describe the best day of your life?” In the manner of Art Linkletter, the former television talk show host who made a living asking children great questions, Daley Mackall asked this question of a little girl named Meredith: “Describe the best day of your life?”“I’ll give you the worst first,” she said. “I climbed a tree by an old country school and jumped off and busted my arm.”“And that was also your best day?” Mackall asked.“Yes, because my friend was there … [Read more...]