Immigration Reform … The Next Step

In the face of growing ethnic diversity in our communities, as followers of Jesus, what should we do?  In my Encourage article last week, I made several suggestions based on biblical principles, about our attitudes toward immigrants. Is there something we should do beyond being loving and kind? If so, what is it? Changing our attitudeContinue reading “Immigration Reform … The Next Step”

Immigration Reform

This might surprise you, but I am a strong advocate for immigration reform, but not in the way you might think. Since 1970, the United States has experienced the greatest period of immigration in its 227 year history. Some estimates say over 35 million people immigrated into this nation between 1970 and 2005. The numberContinue reading “Immigration Reform”

Walking with God . . . Imaginary Friend or Eternal God

A recent TV commercial shows a young girl at the dinner table with her older brother. The girl asks her mother for an extra helping of food for her “imaginary friend.”  Her brother objects, saying it is not fair for her to get two servings while he only gets one. The mom says to herContinue reading “Walking with God . . . Imaginary Friend or Eternal God”

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

One of the few reality TV shows I actually enjoy watching is ABC’s Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition.  Now in its ninth season, the show is built around the idea of building or remodeling a home for deserving people.  Projects that would normally span several months are completed in seven days by bringing together a teamContinue reading “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

A Gift from the City Dump

I’ve been to Honduras countless times. In fact, I even lived there for a while. Almost every time I go, I bring something back with me, something that impacts my life and my ministry. This last trip was certainly no exception. Most of the team members on my latest mission trip to Honduras had read,Continue reading “A Gift from the City Dump”

Keeping Focused on the Essentials

The Eastman Kodak Company dominated the photography market for over 100 years.  No company commercialized the camera and its associated products as successfully as Kodak.  Some of Kodak’s landmark products include the Brownie camera introduced in 1900, Kodachrome color film, hand-held movie cameras, and the easy-load instamatic camera. Today, Kodak is only a shadow ofContinue reading “Keeping Focused on the Essentials”

The Journey Is Too Great For You

At first glance these words don’t sound all that encouraging. It’s like saying to someone running a marathon, “You’ll never make it to the finish line, the distance is too great for you.” Although that’s not want the marathon runner needs to hear, it was exactly what the prophet Elijah needed to hear. And, it’sContinue reading “The Journey Is Too Great For You”