Jun 082017
 
Angry rebuke

Have you been taught that in order to “fight Satan” you need to rebuke him?

When you are being “beat-up” by “the enemy” are you frustrated, because no matter how much you say, “I rebuke you Satan in the name of Jesus.” … nothing seems to happen that changes the circumstance?

Maybe it’s just me. For a long time, I blamed myself for not having enough faith. In addition, I wondered why so many people were so holy that Satan spent all of his time “beating them up” yet, I never really saw evidence of these people leading such holy lives that they were even a threat to Satan (the enemy)… including myself!

Feb 052014
 
Embracing me

By identifying your strengths you allow others around you to embrace theirs.

Imagine a world where everyone was who they were born to be!

When you embrace who you are, a world of limitless possibilities unveils itself.  Imagine what the world would be like if people focused more on whothey were as individuals rather than judging what they thought every one else was.  There isn’t a person alive on this earth that hasn’t judged another person through their own limited perspectives and experiences, not knowing the whole picture behind what they judge.

Jan 122014
 
Jury

Judge and lawyer in the courtDon’t be mistaken – accusations WILL come.  There are always those who will cause division and strife in the Body of Christ by their words and actions.  Oh, that we could avoid such people – but they will always be with us.  It is something that we as pastors and ministers need to be constantly aware of for several reasons.

 As we live our lives in the famed “glass bowl” we are responsible for our actions and the words we speak.  All of us have made mistakes or said things we wish we hadn’t.  Whether said in exaggeration, or just said in wrong timing causing misunderstanding – we are made constantly aware of the fact that the words we, as pastors speak, carry more weight than anything others may say.  Whether it is fair or not doesn’t matter – it is so.

Oct 172013
 

In the middleHow many times have you felt stuck in the middle of an argument by two people that you love?  You can see both sides of things, but there’s an impasse and the relationship appears to be falling apart, or the opportunity will be lost and at no small cost to those involved.

In the case of children involved in a marital dispute, they just want Mommy and Daddy to stop fighting. In the case of a business deal, or government shutdown, people want an agreement to be made that will allow people to move on with their lives without paying a higher price for someone else’s poor decisions or stubbornness.

Oct 282012
 
Is it what you think it is?

Several years ago, I stood at the back of the church after service as my husband finished preaching. The presence of the Lord was sweet and tangible. Many families had already left, but a few people lingered.

One of the benefits of being a pastor is that you know the behind-the-scenes stories of the members and their families who attend your church. One of these members sat alone in her row … weeping softly, her face buried in her hands.