Posts Tagged The Passionate Pursuit

Can Women Speak in Church?

This past Monday night I spoke to a group of women on some of the difficult passages in the New Testament concerning women and the church. One of the issues that we addressed was the issue of women being told to keep silent in the church. Paul talked about this in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35: “Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just

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Leaving a Legacy

As I sat down to think through what to say at my mom’s memorial service this past December, I realized just how great an impact she had made in the lives of so many. She left a legacy of eternal significance. It made me stop and ask, what kind of impact am I making? What would others say about me when my life on this earth is over? I want to share with you four

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A Different Kind of Christmas This Year

This has been a different kind of Christmas for me and my family this year. My 98-year-old mom stepped into the arms of her Savior shortly before 8:00 Friday morning, December 19. My brother Jim and I were by her side when she took her last breath on this earth. Mom got to spend Christmas with Jesus this year. I’m thankful that she is now pain-free and able to experience things I can only imagine.

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When Christmas Can Be Tough

It’s almost Christmas. As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” As I’m sitting by the bed of my 98-year old mom who is no longer eating or drinking, you may be wondering how this Christmas could be the most wonderful time of the year for me and my family. It’s difficult losing a loved one anytime, but especially at Christmas when families tend to gather together and form traditions that

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Practical Discipleship

Is discipleship taking someone through a curriculum or is it just hanging out with them informally? I think both can be true. Some of the people I have discipled have asked me to specifically go through something structured with them. Others have just wanted to spend time with me and talk about things as we’re together. Sometimes I do both with them, alternating between something structured and spending time just talking or doing something fun

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Are You Listening?

Recently a friend asked me how she could pray for me. My response was, “Pray that I will stay attentive to the Lord. Pray that I would listen to Him, not the world around me.” The world tells me success is found in making money and achieving status in the eyes of others. God tells me success is obeying Him and living to please an audience of One. The world tells me it’s all about

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Growling at God

Today I have asked my friend Mandy Lawrence to guest post. I recently finished her book Wisdom from Wilbur and thoroughly enjoyed it – couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh, but it also convicted me as I could see myself in those lessons taught by a small dachshund named Wilbur. Below is an excerpt from Mandy’s book. I encourage you to pick up a copy and let Wilbur show you some things about your relationship

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How Can I Find Contentment in Singleness?

Before you delete this, thinking it doesn’t apply to you if you’re married, keep reading. Even if you’re married, you most likely know someone who is single – a child, a friend, a grandchild, a coworker. Because I’m single, I often get asked questions about finding contentment in singleness. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was not excited to be single. I prayed fervently for God to bring a

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Better Than A Fitbit

I am now the proud owner of a Fitbit. For those of you not familiar with a Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist or waist that tells you how many steps you take a day, how many stairs you climb, how many calories you burn, how many miles you walk, how many hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up or are restless, and how long it takes to fall

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Discipleship or Dependency?

I was recently asked the question: “When do you know if someone is becoming dependent on you in a discipleship relationship or if you are taking the place of the Lord in that person’s life in any way?” That’s a great question. You always want to point the person you’re meeting with to the Lord. Listen to her, ask her questions, but always give her direction on how to go to the Lord for answers

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