Ministry update and encouragement

One of the blessings of COVID is that it has forced some changes into our lives that are ending up being good and helpful additions. That is true in ministry as well. For a couple of years, the leadership at Grace Bible Church has been contemplating how to communicate more effectively with the church body […]

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“I need to see you”

Several years ago I called a friend to ask him a couple of questions about an event (enough years have passed so that I no longer remember the precipitating reason for the phone call).  It didn’t seem to me, as I made the phone call, that it was a particularly significant issue or that it […]

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The ministry of small talk

Yesterday, in talking about how to love others, I mentioned that it is possible to use small talk either to love others as a demonstration of your care and interest in them and their desires, or as a means of withholding love by keeping things superficial and non-intimate so that you neither have to share […]

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Grab bag

From around the internet: A brief Q&A with Billy Graham revealed some reflections on aging (both how older and younger should think about it) and his life of ministry.  I statement that I found particularly interesting: I also would have steered clear of politics. I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to […]

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Sunday Leftovers (9/12/10)

John Calvin has a fitting summary of the principles we spoke of this morning — how to build God-exalting and Christ-glorifying relationships: If anyone, therefore, appears before you who is in need of your kind services, you have no reason to refuse him your help. Suppose he is a stranger; yet the Lord has pressed […]

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How well do you know your spouse?

In a recent blog post, John Piper provides a list of “Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage.” His list includes the areas of theology, worship, roles of husband and wife, children, entertainment, conflict, work, friends, and health and sickness.  These excellent questions are designed to help couples move past superficiality and infatuation and help […]

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Sunday Leftovers (8/5/07)

“To the physician,” writes, Chuck Swindoll, “it’s merely a two-ounce slab of mucous membrane…But the tongue is as volatile as it is vital…[It is ] verbal cyanide. A lethal, relentless, flaming missile which assaults with hellish power, blistering and destroying at will.” This is the testimony of many Scriptures — Jesus, James, and Proverbs speak […]

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