Make Disciples? Who, Me?

  I asked the question at a discipleship workshop last weekend, If Jesus commanded us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, why are so few Christians actually doing it? His last words to His disciples (and ultimately who all who are disciples of Jesus Christ) were, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 5)

We have been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in life, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first four things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, despair, and straying off the path. The fifth thing to avoid is fear. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 4)

We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress in our lives, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first three things we need to avoid are worry, running on empty, and despair. The fourth thing to avoid is straying off the path. Psalm 23:3b – “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Sheep are very dependent creatures. In order to flourish, they must know and

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A Tribute to Mom on Her 98th Birthday

My mom celebrated her 98th birthday today (February 17). I am so thankful to God for her and the spiritual impact she has made in my life and in the lives of so many others. I wanted to honor her today by listing a few of the things that I’ve learned from my precious mom over the years. 1. A smile is worth more than a thousand words. She can’t talk now, but her smile

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 3)

Are you discouraged or feeling defeated? Do you need healing and restoration? We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first two things we need to avoid are worry and running on empty. The third thing to avoid is despair. Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul.” This phrase literally reads, “He causes my vigor to return.” It means to restore vitality or

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 2)

In my last post, I began a five-part series on how to minimize stress in your life by avoiding five things, using Psalm 23 as a guide. Last time we looked at how worry affects us and how to avoid it. The second thing to avoid is running on empty.     Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” David gives us a picture of nourishment

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How to Minimize Stress in Your Life

Are you feeling stressed about something today? We live in a stress-filled world. And to be honest, the stresses of life aren’t going away any time soon, if at all. Your stress may be a result of something at home, a health issue, a relationship, work, or a ministry situation. Some days the stress seems unbearable. It’s in these times of stress that the name, Yahweh Rohi (God my Shepherd) is so special to us.

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How to Deepen Your Faith

Do you have an overwhelming situation in your life? A situation that seems a bit daunting, a little scary, and you don’t know how you’ll get through it? I’ve been there, and I know what it feels like. But I’ve learned that my faith is strongest when I am desperately in need and realize I have no hope apart from Him. George Mueller said: “God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead

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Why Me? An Interview With The Author

Jim Davis, a good friend of mine, has written a book on suffering titled Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question. The book is about the questions we ask during hard times, including some that do us little good (“why me?”) and some that lead us closer to God (“what can God accomplish through this trial?”). I’ve already had a sneak peak at the book and I highly recommend it. I met Jim at the

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Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question

Why me? Probably every one of us has asked this question at some time in our lives. Suffering and pain are part of life and if you haven’t experienced it yet, you will. Situations that might prompt that question would be things like: When you get that diagnosis you didn’t want to hear When your spouse has an affair When you’re facing hurt or rejection from someone When finances cave in When a loved one

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