Pastor, Magnify Your Office!

In the Bible, Paul says of his pastoral ministry, “I magnify my office” (Rom. 11:13, KJV). Pastor, do you magnify your office? Paul’s example and instruction is not just for professional church pastors — though it’s especially for them! — it’s for all of Christ’s ambassadors. So let me re-ask the question: Bible teacher, small…

The Conversation that Became Christmas

You’ve never heard the Christmas story told like this! This one is different and so important. Of course, we love Luke’s version of the Christmas story with the angel visiting Mary, her Magnificat, the baby Jesus laid in a manger surrounded by animals, shepherds aglow, and angels singing, “Peace on earth!” We also love Matthew’s version…

Mexico Mission Trip

“Turning to the Shepherd of our souls” (1 Peter 2:25) Our family just returned from our first Soul Shepherding mission trip to Mexico. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We experienced firsthand how God exceeds our hopes when we venture out beyond our comfort zone into a new challenge with our confidence…

Dulces and Jesus

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). I met Alandro on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, 2001. I was on a short-term mission trip to a small village…