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Monday’s Encouraging Scripture (okay Wednesday, sigh)

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 Remaining in Jesus — that organic, powerful, unrelenting, restful, exciting, encouraging, comforting, challenging connection! Just pondering what this means and how to foster it.

Naps, resting in the Lord

  By definition, a nap is a short daytime sleep. Some are called power naps because they happen very briefly and rejuvenate the napper.    I’ve noticed that napping is not uncommon in worship services. It’s happened to me and to people I’ve been with both young and old. Let me say, it’s especially fun

Monday’s Encouraging Scripture

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I

Be Still and Know

In our Disciplemaking Communities this year, we’re reading a Psalm a week as we seek to grow in living a life of worship. The Psalter is a beautiful worship-filled series of songs that brings us to God in all kinds of moods, metaphors and praise.  Our people are reading the psalm in different versions, listening

Monday’s Encouraging Scripture

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.  Hebrews 10:39 NIV

Too Busy

“I have so much to do!”   Not an uncommon statement in my life and maybe yours too. But it’s when that dictates the plan for my day then I’m in trouble.  It’s the sense of urgency that messes me up. I forget to put first things or actually the first Person first. Yes, you

Monday’s Encouraging Scripture

 “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” Jeremiah 29:12-14, The Message

Power of Thanks

  I had the fun job of setting up a prayer room each day for our church’s Vacation Bible School. Over 100 children from preschool up to grade 4 and over 30 leaders (teens and adults) a day went through. One of the prayer room activities was to brainstorm things they were thankful for. If

Monday’s Encouraging Scripture

“The Word became flesh and blood,     and moved into the neighbourhood.” John 1:14 MSG

Monday’s Encouraging Scripture

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 1 John 3:18-19