• Sustained While Rejected

    My husband writes a weekly devotional for the men in our church. It’s just a simple word from their pastor’s heart to give truth-encouragement at the start of their day. I’ve asked him if I can share some of those with you on the blog. He’s hopeful that you’ll find something helpful as he shares his heart.  From LeRoy’s Pen ~ ******* [box]But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them! By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me. But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence…

  • Needing Help to Solve Relationship Conflicts?

    Conflicts happen between the best of friends and family. That’s the sad reality of living in a fallen world. But it seems to happen just as much within the Church. I’ve seen enough Church conflicts to notice that the “gift of discernment” can be misused, or add to the complications in a conflict. If you think you have the “gift of discernment” when it comes to relating to people, be careful that you don’t assume to know someone else’s heart. Only God knows the motives of the heart. We can evaluate actions, and should be attentive to coming alongside a friend who has a blind spot, but we don’t know another person’s…

  • Your Role in His Mysterious Plan

    I’m going to ask you to do something a little difficult for the next few moments. As you read this post, set aside your preconceived ideas or prejudices. Let go of resentments from past church experiences which left you disillusioned or disappointed. Ask God to allow you to see the Church from His perspective and fill you with hope for His purpose in this “Great Mystery!” I encourage you to read through the book of Ephesians for a beautiful view of the church—perhaps read chapter 3 after finishing this post. The “great mystery” was the gospel plan that was hidden, shrouded in mystery throughout past ages until the work of the cross…