There is an urgency and significance to grasping, assimilating, and embracing the message Pastor Larry is sharing right now.  Rediscovering the Gospel.  Rediscovering the Good News.  Rediscovering  Jesus. The companion part of this is to be able and willing to articulate the same revelation  to those around us.    It’s critically important that our active embrace…

I was wrapping meat for the freezer when I felt the Lord break into my thoughts and whisper, “A heart full of love does not count the cost. A heart full of love responds joyfully, even to the point of exhaustion, for it is focused on accomplishing the goal set before it – a goal…

I was thinking about the role of “being an encourager” and went for a stroll through Scripture to gather insight and principles. My discovery?  A mere 13 references for the verb form of the word “encourage” from Genesis to Revelation (New American Standard version).  There are 9 uses of the noun form of “encouragement,” all…

Discouraged… “Deprived of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; .to dispirit.”  (Dictionary.com)     Deprived….an interesting choice of words. In the New American Standard translation, there are only 3 uses of that exact word, and they all have a nearly identical theme: the use of intimidation and fear to impenetrably, invisibly thwart those who are organized, resolute,…

Tenacity. Sometimes it’s defined by a stubborn refusal to “let go”.  Sometimes it’s demonstrated by the refusal to give up when you are advised to do so.  Sometimes its focus is misdirected and is perceived by others as a vice.  Sometimes it’s rightly directed and seen in the light of being virtuous and honorable. I’m…

Happy Independence Day!  Below is a partial transcription from George Washington’s inaugural address, given in 1789: “Among the vicissitudes of life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand,…

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