Living with Resilient Passion

We are in the midst of our Annual Conference meetings. One of the highlights was Monday night’s session with Chaplain Milo Curtis. Milo is one of our pastors on special assignment. He serves as an Active Duty Chaplain in the United States Navy.   What he shared was so refreshing! Let’s Talk We find how to live…

Anticipating Our Annual Conference in 3 Words

This coming week is our Annual Conference, November 13-15. About 150 pastors and leaders will gather at Valley View to share and learn together. The theme this year is “Beyond Ourselves.” We are praying that it will be a great 2 and a half days! LET’S TALK… So here are three words that summarize what…

Let’s Pray for One Another

I’ve met people who think they can be the church on their own. The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body of Christ”, with many parts. We are the “family of God”, related as brothers and sisters. We were made to…

How to “Forgive One Another”

We’re in a four-week series, talking about our “one anothers.” For week three, we’re addressing forgiveness…of others and for ourselves. We’ve all been hurt by others and we all have hurt others. That’s why we all need forgiveness. Paul wrote that we are to “…forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as…

The One Secret to Serving One Another

Serving one another is not an option, it’s a command. Paul said that “You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13 (NIV). Unfortunately, we live in a culture that likes to be served, rather than serve. This is…

Three Ways to Encourage One Another

I can tell you something about every person you meet today… they all need encouragement. I need it, you need, we all need it, don’t we? The sad thing is that we think we encourage others more than we really do. One researcher found this out in business: “More than 80 percent of supervisors claim they…

What To Do About Evil

“An Act of Pure Evil” –that’s the headline in USA Today’s newspaper describing the massacre in Las Vegas. One man gone mad. At least 58 dead and over 500 injured. How tragic! It is evil! I can’t help believe that something demonic influenced that man’s actions. What should our response be to this kind of…

More Than Floating

A while back I read this analogy by Seth Godin: “A sailboat without a sail might float. For a long time, in fact. But without a sail, it can’t go anywhere, can’t fulfill its function. Floating is insufficient.” I believe life without a goal is like a boat without a sail. That’s also true of ministry…

Pursuing Structure, Finding Freedom

by Nancy Austin Welcome back to school! This is one of my favorite times of year, a fresh start mid-year. The return to routine is somehow the perfect counter-balance to the unrestricted days of summer. This was really clear when I was a classroom teacher, not just in the obvious change in schedule but in…

Getting Good Advice

Recently, my wife and I stayed at our son’s flat in Scotland. I was making instant coffee in their small kitchen. As I reached for the VIA, I scalded my arm on the electric tea kettle, big time!  I have a picture of it, if you want to see how bad it was. It looked…

Four Things Every Pastor Must Do

I don’t know of any pastor who didn’t feel that God called him or her into ministry. I also don’t know of any pastor who hasn’t questioned that calling from time to time. I know that I have. Pastoring can be incredibly rewarding as well as incredibly discouraging. LET’S TALK… Here are four things pastors…

Taking Time Off

How’s your summer? Have you taken time off? Over the years of ministry, I have been serious about taking time off. Somewhere I got this advice and tried to heed it (still do!): Divert daily (take those mini breaks); Withdraw weekly (have a consistent day off); and Abandon annually (use all your vacation time). This…