Spiritual direction is our greatest pastoral need today.

- Martin Thornton

December 9, 2009

December 2009

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 1:59 am

“Only he who obeys a rhythm superior to his own is free” – Nikos Kazantzakis Becoming aware of the quiet passions that motivate us, it often seems we are more slave to base and petty demands or societal whim than anything else.  For us to find true freedom, we must learn the rhythms of prayer […]

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November 10, 2009

November 2009

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 3:25 am

Gratitude has been a big word around our house lately.  The kids have been acting and talking as though we owe them something – like more toys.  Never mind the barely used this or that in the corner of their room.  Right now we are near a toy store… Each of us come at the […]

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October 2, 2009

October 2009

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 8:40 pm

October 2009 It’s budget season. Does our template do what we need it to do? Are we tracking our numbers well enough to make informed decisions about next year? With a weak dollar and diminished support, can we even make ends meet?  All these questions and more swirl about us. What’s catching my attention as […]

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September 1, 2009

September 2009

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 9:49 pm

When asked recently to list Ministry Essentials’ goals and strategies for accomplishing our mission, I must admit I felt rather foolish in my answer. We don’t fit the norm and common notion of how to run a ministry/business. We talk more about the ‘already-in-motion’ work of the Spirit than our plans and strategies. “We misunderstand […]

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August 31, 2009

August 2009 Update

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 3:40 am

August 2009 Our staff discussions revolved around three themes last month – our life as ‘prophet’, ‘servant’ and ‘foreigner’. Prophets do not show God’s relevance to life; rather, they insist that we deal with God as He reveals Himself, not as we imagine Him to be. Servants know they do not call the shots. Instead, […]

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July 2, 2009

July 2009, update

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 1:24 pm

“I feel like a bad investment. I’ve poured my life into ministry, the bottom fell out and I’m left holding the bag.” “I feel like an empty watering can. I’m supposed to be pouring into other’s lives but I have nothing left to give.” “I feel like a empty food sack. I go to the […]

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June 3, 2009

June 2009, update

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 6:58 pm

A number of years ago a London Times correspondent ended many of his articles with the words, “What’s wrong with the world?”  Finally in response, G.K. Chesterton wrote the following reply to the paper.  “Dear editor: What’s wrong with the world?  I am.  Faithfully your, G.K. Chesterton.” It’s easy to give mental assent to a […]

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March 29, 2009

April 2009, update

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 10:10 pm

April 2009 “There is life in the blood of the lamb that was slain. There is power , there is power in His name. There is love pouring out of the wounds that were made. Pouring out, pouring over our shame. So praise the God who saves. Praise the God who bled. Praise the God […]

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February 28, 2009

March 2009

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 11:04 pm

March 2009 Life is full of transition. And with every transition comes a choice. Obvious choices like, whether it’s time to buy a new car, require little reflective thought. But what of the not so obvious choices? I’m discovering that every moment in life, is a transition. When I move from conversation to conversation, in […]

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February 1, 2009

February 2009, update

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 9:06 am

“Sovereign Lord, I don’t know how to speak, I’m just a boy!” (Jer. 1:6) No longer a boy, I often empathize with Jeremiah.  The curious thing to me is that in verse 5 the LORD exclaims that Jeremiah was known to Him, formed by Him, consecrated to Him and appointed as a prophet.  Known, formed, […]

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