Category Archives: ministry

Plunging the Depths of Grace

“One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Each Other

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 As believers we should be confident of the mysterious substitution that has happened … Continue reading

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When Losers Are Loved

“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT God has particular preferences when … Continue reading

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Ministry & the Mentally Ill

“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 … Continue reading

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Like Well-Watered Gardens: Isaiah 58

  “Feed the hungry,     and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,     and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually,     giving you water when you … Continue reading

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The Voice

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27, NLT Do you hear him? He is always speaking to his own; with many things, some pertaining to guidance, and other issues. He delights in … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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