These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.
Brotherly kindness is common kindness. It is engaging with the world, with your neighbor, in ways that any other person with a human heart would do.
Peter’s experience denying Christ taught him that he cannot boast of his own godliness.
Watch Video Today we build on yesterday’s thought, Self-Control, to Perseverance. Peter’s second letter outlines the progressive steps toward making your calling and election sure. He says we should “make every effort” to add to our faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, and then perseverance. Once we come to know God the person of virtue through faith, […]
Watch Video Today’s thought is Self-Control. It’s not just about control of appetites, like how often you run to the fridge during this quarantine. It’s about how you enter into community. There are two diagrams in the video: 1. Yield Sign, which represents the need to slow down, consider others, and enter into traffic without […]
Watch Video In Peter’s second letter, he says we should add to our faith, virtue – or moral goodness. The faith that he speaks of is the belief that we have “everything we need” and that we have “escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.” And Peter exhorts us to “make every […]
Watch Video Today we explore the root lie of all lies. In 2 Peter 1:3 the great apostle states that we have everything we need for life and godliness. Do you believe that? In the midst of calamity and crisis, is that faith shaken? The truth is that this is the root of our faith. […]
When we return to the familiar, we often return to familiar sins, habits, addictions that have trapped us in the past.
During these last ten days of the coronavirus self-quarantine, I will be focusing on 2 Peter 1 and the primary qualities that we are to make every effort to add to our faith.
The call to leadership is a call to be crushed first. May God give you grace if you are called to lead. And remember, after you come to a realization of who you really are, return to God. Come boldly to him for grace to help. And strengthen your brothers and sisters.
Watch Video My wife and I were reading in Trent Sheppard’s book, The Jesus Journey, this morning and we came across this verse and this interesting question: “There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross.” Mark 15:21 NIV Mark’s […]
I was to be leading a book study in my home during this time. It’s a book called With, by Skye Jethani. Jethani outlines five postures most people have toward God.
When you take time for something or someone, you are experiencing some of eternity.
“…priests who faithfully minister before God with prayers and intercessions for our families and communities, …”
Fellowship with just one other person, and Jesus says, “I am there.” We can count on Jesus being with us in our homes. Jesus is doing something around the world.
The path to that kind of forgiveness is to admit, like the thief, that you have sinned. It’s not an antiquated term; it’s the word we use for those acts that “miss the mark”, fail to achieve righteousness, falling short of God’s best, his glory.
Watch the video Notice the things that Jesus says. Luke 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Luke 22:33-34 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster […]
Watch the video Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” Luke 22: 7-8 We received some tulips in a box in the mail yesterday. One of Mary’s niece’s had the […]
For this extended 30 days of quarantine in April, I’m doing Thirty Thoughts for you. Here’s Day Seven: Reset I can’t honestly say I have heard a word the Lord about the word RESET. However, it is clear we have an opportunity and God is sovereignly doing a reset. Have you ever had your computer or […]
Watch video Today’s thought is the word Faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” Hebrews 11:1-2 We’re staying […]
Watch video Today’s thought is the word Study. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed.” 2 Tim 2:15 Students are disciples, learners, people who want to learn how to make a difference. I’m grateful for all those who study, especially right now as we depend on […]
Watch video Today’s thought is about being Home.. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15 NRSV It’s time to re-think home. I have lived in 8 States in the US and in India for several months. I’ve lived in 36 […]
Jesus surrendered control by taking personal responsibility. He chose to do his Father’s will no matter what.
There are four major sources of anxiety.
Have you disobeyed the Lord who calls you to Sabbath rest?
Hours later there came a change. It began to grow light in the bus. The greyness outside the windows turned from mud-colour to mother of pearl, then to faintest blue, then to a bright blueness that stung the eyes. We seemed to be floating in a pure vacancy. There were no lands, no sun, no […]
My son Justin David Henry is at Fuller Theological Seminary. Classes have been moved to online. He let me read his paper on John 15 – “Abide in Me,” Jesus said. Good stuff. When we spoke Justin joked that Jesus was saying, “Self-quarantine in me.” I see that. But it’s not all about isolation; it’s […]
This morning I wrote to a friend who has lost something precious, his faith in God. What does one do when they lose faith? At the beginning of the 20th Century, most so-called Christian nations were at war with one another, which caused a crisis of faith among millions of people. Though we have had […]
This is great news! Xian was an engineering student at Carnegie-Mellon University when he did his internship with us in East Timorese in 2003. He attributed his life’s calling to serve the poor, particularly through solar lighting, to that summer when he witnessed the severe burns on a small child’s face when a kerosene lantern caused a fire.
I was humiliated. One year out of college, a junior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, preparing for two years of humanitarian service with the Peace Corps, I was locked up behind bars. Finger prints, mug shots, and my name, John T. Henry, was placed on police record for loitering on the streets of Baltimore.
Paul had one of those moments. He had a social post too. The letter to the Ephesian was circulated to the house churches in the second largest city in the Roman Empire.
What are you known for?
When I was little I used to climb a lot. My mom says she found me up in trees or on the roof of the house. I was stuck. I may have been a good climber, but I didn’t know how to get down from my high perch.
What do you think a person should do if they say they have heard from God?
The way of Christ is not an invitation to oppression, spiritually trafficking humans to fulfill the pleasures of people.
Proud preachers love religion; they use divine power to control followers.
The best lessons are when the character of God is revealed in the lives of leaders who have battle scars defending the faith.
We have those same letters today, so we can submit to the same authority with which Paul wrote his letters.
You confidently confront those old thoughts by declaring, “I can do all things through Christ.”
So keeping relationships clear of the debris of mistrust and miscommunication makes a holy embrace possible.
Seven colleague friends from six countries and five continents met for three months in Delhi, India to form the team that would lead YWAM’s first School of University Ministries.
A testimony is like fresh bread; the warmth and aroma cause people to hunger.
The paradox here is that humility is a primary requirement for hearing God’s authoritative voice.
God gave them everything they needed. But they believed the lie that turned their hearts away from God.
The proverb (26:4) says, Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool.
This is how a leader identifies with Jesus Christ; he was falsely accused and judged guilty without proof.
The point of parenting is to raise men and women who are no longer dependent on you.
Like Paul, I believe the call of an apostle is to proclaim the good news to new people at new places and in new ways.
I was given a gift during that time. Though I feel pain in my body everyday since that fateful night, I received the gift of God’s grace.
Paul preferred being thought a fool than to draw attention away from the message of Jesus Christ.
The truly spiritual do not seem to have interest in spiritual things. They don’t make a side show of the supernatural.
I was never lowered in a basket, but humiliation found a way.
Better to burn for what God cares about than waste away on self-righteous slop and nervous narcissism.
Paul felt foolish listing his losses, the things at the time of his call that Jesus said he “must suffer.”
The high pressure pitch of altar calls were a foreign experience for my kids.
Some have made it a career pretending to be called to preach. They’re more concerned about money than they are the people God loves.
My heart broke and I learned a lesson; those who claim to know a secret way are not all they say.
Most people won’t tell you this. Their favorite subject to talk about is themselves.
Positive statements can strengthen you and help you overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
Conflicts arise when there’s confusion about our God given boundaries, when someone crosses over into a territory where they have not been invited.
Comparing reveals a deficit, something lacking in the heart.
I was not in any way an authority over the amazing pioneer work of YWAM South Korea.
No longer in lockstep with an exclusive vision of a pure breed with a pure set of rules, he sat at every table with the welcoming warmth of the Father.
We can grab those warped words by the throat and say, “Where did you come from?”
Sometimes you have to stand up and speak boldly.
Special grace leads a person to show compassion, to suffer with others, which is something government programs cannot do. The Good Samaritan understood social justice.
My wife Mary heard stories about her dad who fought in China during WWII. One day, after we had two little boys, Justin & Nathan, she told me since she was a little girl she wanted to adopt a girl from China. Surprised, I said, “If that is going to happen, it’s probably going […]
We work at keeping it a surprise.
Real generosity flows out of real relationship at the right time.
When enthusiasm spreads from relief to development, communities with chronic poverty are transformed.
We were suddenly responsible for YWAM’s Field Ministry Internships program, college teams that were serving in three countries that summer.
We host co-laborers in the gospel, people we are happy to commend, from all over the world. Did you know your home is important to kingdom work?
Northern America’s 281 million Christians have a personal income of about $14.4 trillion dollars, which is about seven times more than the incomes of Africa’s 768 million Christians.
Giving generously is an act of surrender of control, an act of worship. You can do this.
If the Macedonians were in on this generosity, certainly the Corinthians would get in on it too.
Jesus invited the rich young ruler on an adventure of faith, which works through love. Paul’s appeal is the same. Join the adventure.
Amazing calling. That call is not ours alone. We know our supporters have troubles just like we do.