If we knew then what we know now would we still go? Last year at this time we had no idea that we would be spending eight weeks in Guatemala this year. Last year at this time we had just taken our first trip by ourselves with no translator and no other missionaries. Just the two of us and our backpacks. I still remember that hour and a half ride from the airport in the back of the local pastor's 1981 pickup truc...
From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.
So often we look only at one characteristic of God and operate in that one attribute instead of looking and operating at the fullness of who God is. We operate in God is love, but forget to operate in God is holy at the same time. So often we view God as one-sided. As if He can only operate in one attribute at a time. Yet, there is so much more to Him than what our minds understand. We compa...
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were
gathered together was shaken and they were all filled with the
Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
One of my favorite Francis Chan quotes is, "Simon says, 'Pat your head,' we pat our heads. Jesus says 'Go therefore and make disciples,' we memorize that verse." How true it is that the comforts of our lives has brought us to this place. With everything going on in t...
And we know that for those who love God all things work together
for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
There are some scriptures that we cling to during times of uncertainty. Most of these scriptures are promises that bring us hope. Yet, if we're honest with ourselves there are a lot of days where the same hopeful promise leaves us feeling hopeless. Have you ever proclaimed Romans 8:28 over your life only to be left feelin...
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am
helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. The Lord
is the strength of His people; He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
When you think about strength and what it means in our world today you probably think of things that take a lot of physical strength. Running, lifting weights, crossfit, etc. Yet, strength is so much more than the physical. Strengt...
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
Have the routines of daily life been holding you captive? Has your mind set of routine kept you from walking in obedience? Routines are great and much needed for most of us. There is a sense of stability that comes when our lives are ruled by routine. Yet so often we let that routine overflow into our relationship with the Holy S...
Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!
We have just finished our first week in Guatemala and returned back to the city yesterday to send our first team back to the states and prepare for our second week in Guatemala. We pick up our next small team this evening and make the journey back to Poptún tomorrow. I could write for days on everything that has gone on throughout the week, but will only share a...
I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
We're pretty good at fooling ourselves when it comes to the list of things that hold our hearts. We're good at coming up with excuses as to why certain things are not idols in our lives. We justify our need for them as we lie to ourselves about where they truly rank. Yet, we never realize the list of things that hold our hearts until it's time to give them u...
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my
mouth. My soul make its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be
glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
It's so easy to be thankful when we get what we want. But, what happens to our praise when our prayers aren't met the way we wanted them to be. Do we doubt God's love? Do we walk away from the Lord altogether? Do we give God an ultim...
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Just as we detox our bodies from our poor diets and bad health choices we also must detox our souls. Each day we have so many worldly influences that overwhelm our hearts. These worldly influences put us in bondage, lead us to temptation, create unreaso...