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Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified what is now popularly known as the “five stages of grief”—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance—as she studied and interacted with individuals who had received a terminal illness diagnosis.  Because of the...

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

As I have spent more time gardening in the past year than ever, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about weeds that look like flowers to the untrained eye and how they smother the good things I’ve planted. Fortunately, I have a gardener friend who helped me rescue our...

Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Sometimes a fresh look at the obvious yields a bombshell. At age 20, my life was crushed and rebuilt by one small challenge. Could it change yours as well? For fifteen years as I speak and travel talking to people about my conversion to Christianity. I have been...

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

I have perceived two pervasive responses in our culture that seem to influence and dominate how we react to grief. The first treats grief as an unwelcome, uninvited trespasser to be shunned or dismissed.  The gospel of John tells a story with which many are familiar....

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

As pastors, we’re on the move! We’re movers and shakers of influence by nature. That’s how we became leaders.  We have big dreams and dynamic plans. Yet, following Jesus requires that we rest. After an intense season of ministry, Jesus offered this invitation to His...

Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

We can make several points about cruciformity that will help us to see that this is the most hopeful reality possible for pastors and ministry leaders. First, being a person claimed by the cross means that God is pouring out resurrection life on me to renew the image...

Tranquility Pt 2 – Steadfast Minds

Tranquility Pt 2 – Steadfast Minds

Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you honestly say the words, “I feel completely at peace right now,” and truly feel it? In many ways, finding peace is a lost art. Your world may be filled with distractions and meaningless babble that capture...

Tranquility Pt 1 – Steadfast Minds

Tranquility Pt 1 – Steadfast Minds

THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY FOR YOU TO FIND AND FEEL A SINCERE PEACE THAT FILLS YOUR HEART AND SPIRIT You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ISAIAH 26:3 Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you...

Ministry to the Poor

Ministry to the Poor

A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says 'Yes' CityServe Imperial Valley (CA) Each week, in a region close to the Californian/ Mexican border, Lupita Bawarski helps lead a CityServe ministry in the Imperial Valley of California. When talking with her, she will...

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified what is now popularly known as the “five stages of grief”—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance—as she studied and interacted with individuals who had received a terminal illness diagnosis.  Because of the...

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

As I have spent more time gardening in the past year than ever, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about weeds that look like flowers to the untrained eye and how they smother the good things I’ve planted. Fortunately, I have a gardener friend who helped me rescue our...

Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Sometimes a fresh look at the obvious yields a bombshell. At age 20, my life was crushed and rebuilt by one small challenge. Could it change yours as well? For fifteen years as I speak and travel talking to people about my conversion to Christianity. I have been...

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

I have perceived two pervasive responses in our culture that seem to influence and dominate how we react to grief. The first treats grief as an unwelcome, uninvited trespasser to be shunned or dismissed.  The gospel of John tells a story with which many are familiar....

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

As pastors, we’re on the move! We’re movers and shakers of influence by nature. That’s how we became leaders.  We have big dreams and dynamic plans. Yet, following Jesus requires that we rest. After an intense season of ministry, Jesus offered this invitation to His...

Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

Cruciformity and Knowing Your Limits

We can make several points about cruciformity that will help us to see that this is the most hopeful reality possible for pastors and ministry leaders. First, being a person claimed by the cross means that God is pouring out resurrection life on me to renew the image...

Tranquility Pt 2 – Steadfast Minds

Tranquility Pt 2 – Steadfast Minds

Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you honestly say the words, “I feel completely at peace right now,” and truly feel it? In many ways, finding peace is a lost art. Your world may be filled with distractions and meaningless babble that capture...

Tranquility Pt 1 – Steadfast Minds

Tranquility Pt 1 – Steadfast Minds

THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY FOR YOU TO FIND AND FEEL A SINCERE PEACE THAT FILLS YOUR HEART AND SPIRIT You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ISAIAH 26:3 Is peace a state of mind that comes naturally to you? Could you...

Ministry to the Poor

Ministry to the Poor

A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says 'Yes' CityServe Imperial Valley (CA) Each week, in a region close to the Californian/ Mexican border, Lupita Bawarski helps lead a CityServe ministry in the Imperial Valley of California. When talking with her, she will...

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