Devotional

How to Sabbath When You Work on Sundays

By Dave Simiele | Aug 19, 2016

As ministry leaders, we rarely get the opportunity to Sabbath on Sundays, and without intentionality we can neglect the spiritual discipline of Sabbath rest altogether. For many of us, our day of Sabbath rest has turned into a time of running errands or simply recovering from the weekend of ministry – this is not what…

How to Minister to a Family Who Has Lost a Child

By Dale Hudson | Aug 16, 2016

Last week, I received a call from a family who had lost their child.  They asked if I would conduct the funeral.  My heart always skips a beat when I am asked to minister to a family who has lost a child.  It never gets any easier.  It’s one of the hardest things you will…

Take Off the Blind Fold

By David Kush | Aug 9, 2016

It would be nice if God just told us what to do when we’re making big, life-changing decisions. But if you’re like me, that’s when things get really quiet and it feels like navigating treacherous terrain with a blindfold on. I spent a week with my 16-year-old son at JH Ranch in California in a…

Doing Laps with an all too familiar IV pole

By Jonathan Bonar | Aug 5, 2016

I remember a pivotal time in my journey through Cancer,  I found myself taking romantic strolls with the love of my life through the halls of a local hospital while toting an IV pole on wheels. This type of road trip I have become very familiar with as over the past year. I focus on…

Are we There Yet

By Shaun Blakeney | Jul 16, 2016

“Are we there yet?” These are 4 small words that can cause anxiety in the calmest of parents. We’ve all either heard these words spoken from the back seat as parents or we’ve said these 4 words from the backseat as kids. I remember saying those 4 words many times. When I was in grade…

How To Get Work Done With the “Holy Mindset”

By Matt Pilot | Jul 7, 2016

The great tension. The tension between what I can do…and what God wants to do. As a Pastor, I feel a responsibility to lead, to move, to build, to do. I do not care much to just sit and pray and just read my Bible and … wait. I am action-oriented, goal-driven. I want to show…

Stop Doing Ministry

By Daniel Young | Jun 23, 2016

I want to ask you a question and I don’t just want you to read it and move one. I want you to actually take a moment to think about it and then write it down. On a scale of 1-10 how passionate are you about what you are currently doing in ministry? My guess…

Fear

By Don Bray | Jun 19, 2016

On weekends our adult special needs son rides Tri-Rail commuter train from his group home near Hollywood, Florida sixty miles north to the Mangonia Park station near our home.   At the end of his stay he heads back to Hollywood on the train. Conductors know him and make sure he gets off at the right…

When you’re in conflict, don’t take yes or no for an answer

By Andrea Lathrop | Jun 16, 2016

As a wife, a mom and a full-time pastor, my life is full of plenty of conflict. It’s not always loud conflict or bad conflict necessarily, but whenever you put multiple people in the same house, family, church or organization together, there will inevitably be conflicting opinions, ideas, needs and wants. When it comes to…