There are some who seem to revel in the ability to rebuke. They attack like a machine gun. No prisoners taken. Spiritual leadership has a necessity to be strong, but there is a level of gentleness that is applied as well.
Over the years I have watched the Lord lead me to so many victories. I have been amazed at the process. This is truly a “long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson would put it. Yet, I keep struggling with one basic thing.
When I was in Ethiopia teaching Wisdom Literature, we spent a lot of time in Job. I asked the class one day, “What have you learned from Job, or learned from suffering?” One student answered: “Suffering is an opportunity to upgrade my faith.” I learn far more teaching in Ethiopia than I can give out.Continue reading “The lesson of suffering”
Scattered thoughts as I get into my last day in Ethiopia and then catch a plane for home: — I could eat Ethiopian food every day. — I love teaching in this culture. There is an eagerness to learn and an attention to the value of education I don’t always get to see in myContinue reading “Final thoughts from Ethiopia”
Seeing the fruit of ministry in a place like this, and praying for the multiplication of ministry beyond these two weeks, I have deep gratitude.
There are so many opportunities to be “anxious.” But these are not days to worry.
This was a message preached at Heights Church on August 2. We are walking through a series based on 1 Peter 2:1-10. More information about Heights Church, GO HERE.
In this podcast I look at prayer and ASKING. I am so challenged to ask boldly in prayer!
In my second podcast, I talk about basic discipleship and what EVANGELISM means.