Making Pain Work for You, [Trials]

“Then they went back to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch in Pisidia. 22They encouraged the followers and begged them to remain faithful. They told them, “We have to suffer a lot before we can get into God’s kingdom.” Acts 14:21-22, CEV Paul and Barnabas, together are perhaps the most gifted men ever to minister the Gospel.  TheyContinue reading “Making Pain Work for You, [Trials]”

Eldership is the Backbone of Any Church

” I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life…” Titus 1 :5-6, NLT For some time I’ve been thinking about the Book of Titus and Paul’s command to establish elders in every city. IContinue reading “Eldership is the Backbone of Any Church”

The Real Treasures, [Weaknesses]

As Christians often our theology tells us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in the believer’s life.  So we hide, sneaking into our sessions with our therapists, and change the subject to minimize our exposure to direct questions. We have had to hide our issues really well.  But I would submitContinue reading “The Real Treasures, [Weaknesses]”

“The Church Collects Sinners,” [God’s Hospital]

This following excerpt is from the devotional book, “Living the Message,” by Eugene H. Peterson.  This pastor-professor is probably the person I want to grow up to be like; he has a gentleness and eloquence that is seldom seen–and highly respected. Author of many books, and his extraordinary translation of the Bible, titled “The Message”Continue reading ““The Church Collects Sinners,” [God’s Hospital]”