Sunday night our CityReach team had our last preparation session before our departure for this grand adventure.

It was a bit… awkward.

Well, it was for a moment now and then.

Of course, we could say the same for our time of commissioning prayer as various individuals came along and put their hands on our shoulders as they prayed for us. Some people are rather uncomfortable with such things. But then I suppose that’s part of the point of this whole project.

Well, sort of…

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Yo, Grow Up

April 7, 2017

As a dad, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy over the years getting my kids to recognize when they needed to go to the bathroom, then to learn how to do so on their own and ultimately to do so without announcing it to the household… or congregation, or the folks in a crowded restaurant, or… well, you know the drill.

It looks as though we have succeeded in getting all of ours to the place where they will not starve just because someone doesn’t come and make them sit down to eat.

That’s what parents do, isn’t it? We try to get our kids to learn how to do things so that we don’t have to hold their hand every minute or whatever extreme we might come up with that is an example of kids not really growing up. Read the rest of this entry »

Yet Unfinished

April 3, 2017

As we continue in 1 Thessalonians, we see that Paul has spent the first three chapters celebrating and encouraging them in their faith. If you and I have the same kind of faith – a faith that endures together, that presses on – shouldn’t we be ok just to hold on? Do we really need to go further in that faith?

We’ll look at Paul’s answer to that question here in 1 Thessalonians 4.1-3a.

Will you take one of these next steps today?

Father, show us the way to lean in to your transforming work because recognize that our Real Life Faith is Yet Unfinished.