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Get Up and Get Going

Get Up and Get Going

There is a word in my heart for you as we step into 2019. It's the word... ARISE.

The word arise simply means to get up and get going.

This may be the answer you have been looking for. Sometimes we make overcoming our difficulties a bigger problem than it needs to be.

You might be asking God...

  • “What do I do now?”

  • “How can I survive this?"

  • "How can I afford to do that?”

God’s answer to you may well be what it was to many other people in the Bible who experienced difficulties and overwhelming despair and disappointment with life.

The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

In the midst of all the craziness, if you were to ask me to use one word that would best describe the overall frame of mind of the people I come in contact with, it would be hopelessness.

Just recently three people told me how they have been fighting hopelessness in their lives. Two because of ongoing health challenges and one with ongoing family challenge. Hopelessness is very real, especially during the end of the year.

What is real hope?

Be The One

Be The One

It seems now, more than ever, the voices of ingratitude are incredibly loud. People tend to dwell on the negative and ignore the positive. Conversations lean toward what is wrong instead of what is right and so many are living with a gray cloud hanging over their heads. Is anyone thankful and saying so?

For the child of God, thankfulness is not confined to a day or a season, it is an attitude that we should have everyday and every hour. Living life grateful should be the mark of every believer.

Jesus told a story in Scripture that illustrates the tragedy of the ungrateful heart…

Whatever Happened To Sundays?

Whatever Happened To Sundays?

There seems to be a never-ending challenge for people today – trying to find a rhythm to their lives. The greatest enemy we have today is busyness. This enemy wraps itself in good intentions and necessary obligations and works its way into the lives of people. Before they know it, days, weeks, months and years have passed without giving the necessary time to the most important relationships in their lives. Sound familiar?

My husband recently taught an outstanding message entitled “First Things First.” This teaching really captured my heart and caused me to take personal inventory of my life and priorities. I made some adjustments and I continue to contend to keep “first things first” in all areas of my life.

The Power of A Mission

The Power of A Mission

As New Englanders, Verna and I enjoy having four distinct seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall. Each one is unique and enjoyable. As pastors, we also enjoy each church season that comes and September is one of those seasons. It’s a great time to reconnect after a busy summer and focus the church and your team back on the mission. It is another fresh start.

Not too long ago, I did just that. I stood before hundreds of our Dream Team volunteers and said, “I want you to understand, without a shadow of a doubt, that what you do every time you serve is a very big deal.” I then had them all declare these next four statements out loud…

How to Hear the Voice of God

How to Hear the Voice of God

Everyone struggles, at some point in life, with their confidence in hearing the voice of God and discerning His direction for their lives.  

  • “Is that God really talking to me?”

  • “Do I take that job or this job?”

  • “Is he/she the one for me?”

  • “Do I stay or do I go?”

  • “Do I buy this house or that house?”

Over the years, I have observed that there are, broadly speaking, two distinct schools of thinking among believers with regard to divine guidance and the discovery of God’s will for our lives.

School #1 - By far the largest, is summed up by the mentality that says: “I don’t move without God’s guidance.”

School #2 - The complete opposite, says: “I don’t expect God’s guidance until I move.”

One Constant In The Chaos of Change

One Constant In The Chaos of Change

We’ve all heard it—the one thing that will never change is the need for change. We can resist it, ignore it, and complain about it but there is no growth without change and with change, oftentimes, comes chaos.

Whether we are responding to change or creating it, we must have an aspect of our lives that is permanent and stable—something that transcends the past, the present, and the future.

We need to keep our minds and hearts established in who we are, where we are going, and the values we govern our lives by. We all need a constant. There is only One who can fill that need. Our one constant in the midst of the chaos of change is God, our Creator.

What I Know Now After 42 Years of Marriage

What I Know Now After 42 Years of Marriage

Last week I gave you my perspective on “What I wish I Knew Before I Got Married.” If you haven’t read that, take a moment to go back and read it - especially if you are single.

A few weeks ago, Jonathan and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary so I thought I would give you my thoughts on a few things I now know after 42 years of marriage.

Are You Influencing Your World?

Are You Influencing Your World?

I recently became aware of statistics which reflect that shortly after someone makes a decision to follow Christ, contact with people outside their Christian circle decreases dramatically. This trend continues to spiral down year after year until followers of Christ become almost completely isolated from the world around them, and people who are lost...

The Power of the Palm Tree

The Power of the Palm Tree

We are currently on vacation in sunny Florida and we seemed to have missed two sizable snowstorms. We heard from our family, and yesterday’s storm alone left 31” of snow. That’s a lot of snow even for this die-hard New Englander.

While my family and church are digging out, I’m surrounded by gorgeous palm trees. I relax as soon as I see them. We have lots of beautiful trees all over New England, but no palm trees anywhere to be found.

The Bible has a lot to say about palm trees and that we should be like them. But why? Psalm 92:12 (NIRV) tells us that good people shall flourish and prosper like a palm tree.