We must confine ourselves to the present moment without taking thought for the one before or the one to come.

- Charles DeCaussade

September 21, 2010

September 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 12:29 am

“Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” (2 Cor. 4:16 MSG) On the days you are tempted to exchange mystery for certainty and wonder for dogma, Paul reminds us […]

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August 8, 2010

August 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 9:03 am

August 2010 I want to thank you, on behalf of the entire Ministry Essentials family, for your continued and faithful support.  You encourage and strengthen us for the task at hand.  Your belief in us and friendship challenges us when loneliness sets in with a vengeance.  And your pursuit of God inspires a deeper love […]

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July 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 9:00 am

July 2010 We were privileged to have Dr. Larry Crabb pour into us during our recent all staff retreat.  Our discussions revolved around relational holiness; i.e. In our desire to become more like Jesus we repent of known sin and seek to live in the Spirit (personal holiness) – that’s good.  Relational holiness ups the […]

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June 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 8:54 am

June 2010 Preparing for a few speaking engagements, I’ve been thinking through the “come to me” passages in the Gospels.  The three categories of people Jesus invites to come are–the children (needy) (Mt. 18:3, 19:14; Mk. 10:14; Lk. 18:16) the thirsty (Jn. 7:37) and the weary (Mt. 11:28). Each, though unique, flesh out more of […]

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May 7, 2010

May 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 5:21 pm

May 2010 “Our hope of  satisfaction later in an eternal experience of God is a more reliable foundation for following Jesus in this life than a satisfying experience of God now.” Larry Crabb, Real Church I know I pray it often enough.  We want to see Jesus.  And we should want to.  But too often […]

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April 29, 2010

Praise Alert May 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 11:57 pm

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April 13, 2010

April 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 4:51 am

“Community is a terrible place, a place where our limitations and egoisms are revealed to us.  When we begin to live full time with others we discover our poverty and our weakness, our inability to get on with others… our mental and emotional blocks; our affective and sexual disturbances, our frustrations and jealousies …and our […]

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March 2, 2010

March 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 4:51 am

March 2010 “To wait for the Lord is not to stand around lazily, wondering what will turn up next.  It is an intense seeking after God and a devout believing in his goodness.  He is worth waiting for! Eugene Peterson Sailors call it the ‘doldrums’ when they lack sufficient wind to fill the sails.  No […]

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February 2, 2010

February 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 9:51 pm

“Our lives are full, often complicated, and it seems we spend so much time attempting to fit God into our story that we don’t allow ourselves to be lifted up into His story–an epic narrative that is mysterious, compelling and utterly transforming.” Larry Crabb For some time now I’ve felt that I’m not the lead […]

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January 9, 2010

January 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 12:04 am

“Spirituality is not a formula; it is a relationship.  Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy.  Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection.” Mike Yaconelli Looking back over 2009, I’m awed and humbled by what I see.  The Lord is pulling together a group of people; friends, not afraid to walk […]

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