Restore the Sparkle: Psalm 13

For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?     How long will you look the other way? 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,     with sorrow in my heart every day?     How long will my enemy have the upper hand? 3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my … Continue reading Restore the Sparkle: Psalm 13

Standing With Her in the Rain

"Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2, NLT By Lisa Schubert, Guest Author Samantha approached me outside the church on Thanksgiving morning with her hair disheveled and her coat covered with dirt smudges and raindrops. She demanded to borrow my cell phone to find if the Thanksgiving … Continue reading Standing With Her in the Rain

Radical Ministry

“Religious people love to hide behind religion. They love the rules of religion more than they love Jesus. With practice, the Condemners let rules become more important than the spiritual life. “ — Michael Yaconelli Mentally ill people are rarely seen in our Churches. Often we are pushed into hiding our true identity;  we can come out into the open, but … Continue reading Radical Ministry

Becoming a Gentle & Meek Person

Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile, especially other people. It is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing instead to be tender, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and careful. To be careful means that you are becoming aware. Perhaps this idea of becoming careful brings us the closest.  People who know exactly … Continue reading Becoming a Gentle & Meek Person