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Mutual Respect Fosters Peace

A Word from the Lord “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13… Read More

Our Common Faith is Our Joy

A Word from the Lord “To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” Titus 1:4 A Word of Encouragement Those we mentor and those who are mentored are united as one in the grace and peace we… Read More

An example to appreciate

A Word from the Lord “Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 A Word of Encouragement Living as an example is a heavy burden, but so greatly appreciated. When you humbly welcome… Read More

Appreciation of leaders and followers

A Word from the Lord “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17 A… Read More

Lesson One: Ministry Is Great, But Hard!

Planned that way “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, anyone could do it. It’s the hard that makes it great!” That’s what Jimmy Duggan (Tom Hanks) told Dottie Hinson (Genna Davis) in A League of Their Own, when she was about to quit the baseball team. It… Read More

Pastor? Person? Shepherd? Sheep? Which are you?

My Little Buddy Jake “Jake” At first glance, he looks a little confused, but I think he’s not. Yes, he’s a shepherd, but first and foremost, he’s a sheep. My friend Jake sits prominently next to my desk. He’s a shepherd. Maybe someone calls him “Pastor.” But he seems… Read More

Gifted to share their blessings

A Word from the Lord “When Lydia and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us.” Acts 16:15 A Word of Encouragement God gives… Read More

Clear communication is not easy

A Word from the Lord “By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you – I, Paul, who am ‘timid’ when face to face with you, but ‘bold’ when away.” 2 Corinthians 10:1 A Word of Encouragement Paul and the Corinthians had a hard time communicating well. Being… Read More

It’s Healthy to Welcome Words of Appreciation

Don’t downplay words of thanks Everyone needs appreciation. As long as it doesn’t go to your head, every Paul needs an encourager like Barnabas, and few church work professionals receive as much as they need. I still have 35 year old notes of appreciation in a file folder. When the… Read More

I’m one part, not the whole body

A Word from the Lord “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 A Word of Encouragement You have one gift, I have another, and yet we are bound together by… Read More

The gift of peacemakers

A Word from the Lord “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 A Word of Encouragement Emotions run high during a pandemic. Whether you are a peacemaker yourself or you know who they are in your fellowship, you are greatly blessed when harmony… Read More

Gifted for service

A Word from the Lord “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 A Word of Encouragement Today is a day for service, according to my gifts, remembering that I am but a steward of… Read More