Ministry Blog

That small word

Posted by Michael Lee on

In 1 Cor Chapter 12, Verse 28, there is a list of spiritual gifts. In the middle of that list is the word “Helps”.  The original word for this in the greek is “antilapesis” meaning “the rendering of assistance or relief.” In my opinion, this is one of the...

Inventors in Faith

Posted by Robert Jones on

Our family recently moved into a new rental house and as we were getting ready to close the front door for the last time I said, "Why don't we do one last once-thru."  I'm not sure if I coined the phrase "once-thru" myself or if I heard it from someone else and stole it, but it started when...

What kidney stones make us think about

Posted by Robert Jones on

I was preaching a sermon recently on a Sunday morning and I began to feel an excruciating pain in my back while I was on the stage at the church.  It was extremely difficult to concentrate, but I kept going while whispering to myself, "Just don't pass out in front of everybody."  I...

Adapting to a Shift in Kingdom Culture

Posted by Robert Jones on

I have friends who regularly remodel their home every few years, simply because they're bored with the old look.  The furniture, wall hangings and trinkets could easily sell for retail prices in any mall, but they've stared at it all long enough and it's time for something new.  Of...

Eating Pizza Watching the End of the World

Posted by Robert Jones on

I was sitting down with my family at a local pizza restaurant and on the wall mounted television was a report regarding a group of people who were protesting a crime that had been committed in their town.  My teenage son mumbled to himself, "C'mon people, can't we just all get...

Hiding Under the Sheets

Posted by Robert Jones on

I remember those scary nights as a kid when it was dark in my bedroom and my imagination began to play tricks on me.  My closet had shadows, there was something groaning under my bed, and the wind was whistling against my window.  Like every normal kid I would pull my bed sheets over...

Strategic Naps, versus Old Fashioned Lazy Naps

Posted by Robert Jones on

Just writing that title made me chuckle.  Is there a difference between twenty minute power naps that are strategically placed within our busy schedule versus old fashioned naps in which we accidentally fall asleep at our computer monitor?  (rhetorical question, and the answer is...

Worrying, Searching and Failed Experiments

Posted by Robert Jones on

I just recently returned from Youth Summer Camp, and it's been a long time since I was either a youth pastor or even a counselor at a summer camp.  Of course, many things have changed including the style of worship, the type of activities, the current student culture, etc.  But for me...

The Fumes of Last Minute Prayers

Posted by Robert Jones on

When I was in 8th grade the school I was attending coordinated a "Jog-a-Thon" fundraiser and the students were compelled to find sponsors who would donate a certain amount of money for every lap we ran around the track.  At the time, I had never run in a marathon, or even jogged anywhere...

He's Got it Covered

Posted by Robert Jones on

My wife April and I have gone on 'date-night' every week without fail for nearly a decade and it has proven to be an incredible inspiration to our relationship!  In 22 years of marriage we have gone on lots of dates, but we began our weekly routine while serving as missionaries to...

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