The Job

Thinking back about the early days when Fred and I were pastoring a small church, I remembered the times when I felt like I was just doing the job. It was a terrible feeling. I remember cleaning the church, sweeping the floors, scrubbing the stairway, and wondering if anybody knew or cared that I was…

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When Ministry Hurts – Building

Saturday morning, I was up before everyone else.  While humming in the kitchen, I furiously whipped up pancake batter for the dozen students from a nearby Bible school who were spending the weekend with us.  They were helping us remodel our 100-year-old church building.   My four-year-old was tugging on my shirt and the frying…

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The Sound of Heaven

Life as we know it has changed, some for the better and some for the worse.  Unfortunately, we have entered what some may say are dark days.  The future looks bleak and worrisome.  Threats of war and violence seem just around the corner.  These threats come while many are still suffering from the trauma of…

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Believe

He made it.  Jairus had struggled just to get to the right place and when he got there; he took a sigh of relief.   He just hoped it wasn’t too late.  Jairus took hold of the hand of Jesus and asked him to go to his home, where his daughter was sick.  “My daughter…

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The Fight

His wages had been changed several times and each time, he was cheated out of what was rightfully his.  Jacob couldn’t take any more.  He told his two wives that he’d had enough.  He was tired of fighting.  It seemed like he had spent his whole life fighting.  First, it was his brother and now…

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New Name

Peter stood on the hillside, looking out across the city.  His eyes seemed focused on something and yet, at the same time, nothing, his mind a million miles away.  “Feed my sheep.”  Is that what the Master said?  “Feed my sheep?” Yes, that was what Jesus said.  Pondering the words, the man who would one…

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Best Day

To all of my friends who are going through a difficult time right now: The old man was sitting under a tree when a child came running up to him.  “Grandpa, grandpa, tell me again about the best day of your life.” Grandpa Shadrach pulled the little child onto his lap and said, “Well, it…

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Promised Land

Friends, today is like the days of Joshua when the Lord spoke to him to be strong and courageous.  There is much going on in the world, but we are over-comers.  Don’t give into the feelings of being overwhelmed.  I know things look bleak and the world seems to be a scary place, but remember,…

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More Than Enough

We are moving, and it has been I daunting task.  The other day Fred was carrying a box into the house, and it slipped right out of his arms, and as it fell to the floor, I heard the glass inside the box shatter into a thousand pieces. Fred looked up at me, feeling bad,…

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The Cave of Despair

Having experienced the epic climax of his career, the prophet wallowed in despair.  Frustration dogged him like a rabid hound looking for someone to pick a fight with.  One would think Elijah would be happy, feeling at the top of his game, but no. He was depressed and anxious, and he fought demons of suicide. …

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