Advent, Hope, and Childlike Faith

Every Advent season offers the opportunity to reflect on the wonderful mystery of the coming Incarnation, the arrival of Emmanuel, “God with us”.

His presence, his action in our everyday lives, is what releases genuine HOPE.  To the skeptic or the cynic, however, the origins of the Jesus narrative may seem to be more like a child’s fairy tale.

And this is the mystery –  to truly experience real Hope, you must hope as a child.

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Reflections From My Greece/Ukraine Ministry Mission

I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)

I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.

I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.

But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).

So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.

But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments. 

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Greece & Ukraine Mission Trip November 2018

You Can Help Us Go and Make Disciples!

My next missions trip will be October 31 – November 14, 2018. The first leg is near Athens, Greece where I’ll be leading worship for a 5-day missions leadership development intensive with national leaders from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ethiopia and Ghana. This organization is a new connection for me and I feel the Lord is strongly in this endeavor.

The following week I’ll head to Ukraine to teach, coach, mentor, advise and encourage students and staff at the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev. 

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DWD 027 | Pentecost: Make Your Life Count

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 027

Our Pentecost series continues exploring the question “What does it mean to dream big?” Today’s answer Part 4: “Make Your Life Count“.

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

To make your life count I shared these personal goals.  Feel free to adapt for your own versions.

1 . A life goal to hear the words “well done”.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ – Matthew 25:23

2. Be a man or woman of God, strong in the Lord.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

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DWD 026 | Pentecost: Collaborate With God

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 026

What does it mean to dream big?

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

One implication of the Spirit filling us at Pentecost is to be re-ignited for the purposes of God.

His Holy Spirit empowers us to dream big.

What does it mean to dream big?

We have to believe in faith that God has a dream for us.

We have to have our dreams aligned with God’s dream.

The first part of God’s dream is that His kingdom would come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The second part of that is He would be our God and we would be His people

Next, to dream big we are offered the opportunity to “collaborate with God.”

Throughout scripture, the invitation of God is to “sing a new song”. This is much bigger than just being about music.

We can create something special when the Spirit of the Lord fills our creative endeavors. Consider the example of Bezalel in Exodus 31, he was filled with wisdom, knowledge, and skill to become a master artisan.

“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.“ Exodus 31:3-4

So … create with God and build an awesome body of work!

The Lord be with you!

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DWD 025 | Pentecost: Dream With God

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 025

What does it mean to dream big?

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

1. Dream God’s dream.

We can do that in the natural with our own human imagination, but the Spirit-filled man or woman dreams in alignment and congruence with God’s dream.

2. What is God’s dream?

Let’s consider two aspects of what God’s dream would be.

First is that His Kingdom would come and His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Essentially evil would go and good would flourish. 

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