Core Value: Blessed to be a Blessing

Core Value: Blessed to be a Blessing

Did you know that the world’s richest 1% own more than 43% of the world’s wealth? Or that nearly 54% of the adults in the world have less than $10,000 financial worth each?  According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report of 2021, it’s true. Staggering. Why the...
Core Value: Family

Core Value: Family

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families,”  Psalm 68:5-6a I always marvel that God sent His Son to earth as a tiny babe.  It wasn’t enough that he took on the form—and limitations—of a man. I mean,...
What if we took God seriously?

What if we took God seriously?

 “God calls His children to care for orphans.”– James 1:27, Is. 1:17As my vehicle pulled up to the facility, I noticed the Soviet structure sagged from wear and almost boasted of its distinct odor. I braced myself for what I may see on this first visit to this...
What if we took God seriously?

Which half are you in?

  “The wealthy are blessed in order to serve the poor” —Luke 12:48b   Last week, My husband, Jim, called to me from his office, “The eight richest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population!” I repeated the sentence in my...
A faith that invites

A faith that invites

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? –James 2:15-16   Several years ago, I was asked to address the...
Core value: Family

Core value: Family

“God designed the family and desires that everyone know the love and acceptance it offers.”—Ps. 68:5-6a. “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families,”  Psalm 68:5-6a I always marvel that God sent His...
When God Sends You Home

When God Sends You Home

The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:38-39 (NIV)Imagine the scene:...
Core value: Cultural Sensitivity

Core value: Cultural Sensitivity

“Effective ministry is sensitive to the culture it serves” —I Cor. 9:19-23   “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  I Cor. 9:22b Have you ever watched a tiny octopus climb off your plate? Have you ever bathed in...
One of God’s favorite topics

One of God’s favorite topics

“We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.  For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” 2 Corinthians 8:20-21New International Version (NIV) Money. Most of us have a...