Lord, Help Me Be Kind When I Don’t Want To!

Be kind! Especially when everything in you screams to react in anger, be kind. Ask yourself, what is lying behind that internal outrage?

Years ago, while helping to lead a children’s outreach with Youth With a Mission, I learned a children’s chorus based on Ephesians 4:31-32 (KJV). “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, […]

Have Patience – Forgive Yourself and Move Forward

Have patience with yourself. Don't get stuck in regret. Move on with Christ's help.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” – Francis de Sales It’s edging toward mid-August, and the beginning of the school year in the Northern Hemisphere swiftly approaches. Churches […]

Do You Regularly Pray for your Pastors? Why not?

Pray for your pastors. Sowed prayers of faith and encouragement will yield a better crop than hurled stones of criticism and complaint.

I am fiercely protective of those I love. God is even more so. He promises to defend all His children, including those  in servant leadership positions. It is easy for average churchgoers to forget that their pastors are just as susceptible to being wounded by gossip, passive-aggressive bullying, slander, and unjust criticism. Jesus understands pastors’ […]