One Birthday and a Wedding

One Birthday and a Wedding

Today, our second child and first son, Dominic turns 15. His name means “Belonging to God” and to watch him pray at the altar with others and respond in worship encourages us that he is living up to his name. May he daily discover and rediscover the love of a Father that is much greater than that of his earthly father and may that carry him throughout his entire life.

Happy Birthday Dominic!

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What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

I recently had someone ask me about the meaning of Pentecost.  Interestingly enough, here in France, Pentecost is a long weekend and Monday is a holiday… but what’s the holiday behind the holiday. Similarly… just as turkey is associated with Thanksgiving, ham to Easter and perhaps goose (or again Turkey) to Christmas, so in France, meat producers have been trying to associate veal with Pentecost… Giving the Thanksgiving turkey, the Easter ham, the Christmas goose, and… the Pentecost Veal. Commercialism isn’t dead… it’s very much alive. But that’s not Pentecost.

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How to Pray for your Upcoming Missions Trip?

How to Pray for your Upcoming Missions Trip?

You are well on your way to taking part in your upcoming Short-Term Missions trip.

One of the next things you need to focus on is preparing yourself spiritually for your time away. You can begin, now, to build habits that no one will see but which could have a huge impact on you when you arrive on location.

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Sometimes it’s the Small Things

Sometimes it’s the Small Things

Ever noticed that elderly couple that’s been married “forever”? He’s not hiring 45 people to declare his love for her “à la Flash-mob” and similarly, she’s not sending him on a $500 shopping spree at his favorite tool-store. After being in love for that long, it’s not necessarily the “big things” that capture their attention and expresses their love for one another… it’s the little things that take place daily. It’s the toast & coffee, done up just the way he likes. It’s holding the car door open for her and holding her hand as they drive… it’s regular stream of seemingly little, everyday things. So it is, also, with the Lord. Continue reading

What’s the STM Funnel or Progression?

What’s the STM Funnel or Progression?

You’ve done a couple of STM trips already and the question “What should I do next?” is never far from your mind.  You have a continued interest in missions but are not yet sure that it’s going to be a lifetime thing and despite people telling you that – beyond all doubt – you’d make a great missionary you’re just not ready to say “OK, sign me up for life!” 

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