2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (NIV). Freedom from what? Freedom from worry and freedom from the responsibility of handling things only on our own! We are God’s children, and God takes care of the people who love Him, His followers. Continue
Hosting the Spirit March 24, 2015
We’ve all had to host parties or meetings. We make people comfortable, we welcome them, we provide water or snacks, we create a welcoming environment in the room, and we spend lots of effort making sure things are just right. We host people.Continue
Aroma March 20, 2015
I’ve been reading a lot in 2 Corinthians lately and ran across a verse I believe I’ve blogged about before, but it hit me again. It’s 2 Corinthians 2:14 – “Thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere” (NIV). Continue
Warm Sunshine March 17, 2015
I’ve spent a lot of time in Philadelphia this past month, and if you’ve been watching the news or hearing about the weather, it’s been pretty miserable. It’s bitterly cold with lots of snow and lots of ice on the road – not a good place to be walking around. It’s cold, dangerous, and just not a very nice winter.Continue
In the Flow March 13, 2015
Each year, we do a national conference called Refresh. Many from our field staff come to this conference, and we just minister to them. We have great recreation, great food, speakers who can teach the Word powerfully, and great worship and singing. But the component I enjoy the most is the visuals.
I work with a person in the office who sees things and is creative, so we theme each service, and each service has a visual effect to it. It may be a tree, it may be a fountain, it might be colors, but there’s something to look at that drives us to the purpose of the meeting. Continue
Worship March 10, 2015
Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV, 1984) reads:
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.