Change For His Glory

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And…

Is My Unlove Showing?

About thirty of us from our church’s career group wee packed into a living rom, listening to our friend Ellen share insights from her nine-year career as a single missionary in Cameroon, West Africa. When Ellen had concluded and a thoughtful silence hung in the air, she asked, “Does anyone have any questions?” From the…

My Fountain

We who have been redeemed can choose one of two kinds of lives to live here. We can enjoy a life of continual vitality, or we can live in an arid wasteland. The prophet Jeremiah begged Israel to choose life, asking the question, “Why will ye die?” And this exhortation I am continually burdened to…

Social Influencers

We have all read about people who are getting paid thousands of dollars to be “social influencers” online. There are nano or micro influencers with followers in the thousands, mid-level influencers with hundreds of thousands, and the ultimate macro influencers with a million or more followers. In fact, social influencing is a billion-dollar industry now…

Humility in Ministry

And after he had spent some time there, he departed, and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the…

Serving or Slaving: Love Makes the Difference

“Mommmeee!! I neeeeed yoooouu!” For the third time in five minutes, I had been summoned in this way. The first time was for an “accident” in the bathroom. “No problem. It’s okay, Honey. We’ll do better next time.” A minute later, two-year-old Annie needed help opening the door to the basement. “Here you go, Baby….

Thankfulness after a Storm

And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the…

The Other Side

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.      Romans 12 :1 And after that shall the Levites go in to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: and thou shalt cleanse them,…

For Our Spiritual Good

And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. And when Paul…

More Time Less Work

Time and work – two small words, but how much they affect our lives. We often feel that we have too little of the first and way too much of the second. If we don’t bring these two elements into correct focus, our beautiful spirit may very well be hidden from those closest to us….