Prophesy

Apostle Paul encouraged us to “be eager to prophesy.” I want to increase my prophetic voice in 2021. Do you? Here are a five suggestions from scripture: 1. Love. Love ALL people. Democrats, Republicans, believers, non-believers, people of different faiths, immigrants. Love. Paul said, “Let love be your highest goal.(I Corinthians 14:1)” God is love. He speaks love. He communicates in love. If we want to speak on His behalf...

Influence Through Love

This morning, I needed to be reminded of this truth God shared with me five years ago. Perhaps we all do. I have been listening to some teachings that have really challenged me lately. The basic thought is this, if I am going to be a person of influence, if I am going to walk in the prophetic, I need to love and honor people I don’t agree with, people...

The True Sign of Maturity

As I read Paul’s letters to the churches, I’m amazed how often Paul addressed Christian behavior. He always began by reminding us of our identity because we can’t live a godly life without the indweliing of the Holy Spirit. In Colossians 3, Paul reminds us that we are dearly loved by God and chosen to be holy. And because we are loved, we love! I pray that the church that...

Restoring a Loved One

Teach in love. Correct in relationship. Rebuke without judgment. Convince with gentle words. Call up into purpose. Seek to restore. Demonstrate a better way. Bear each other’s burdens. Laugh together. Break bread together. Love relentlessly. Preserve dignity. Point to Jesus. No, we don’t turn a blind eye if a brother or sister is overtaken with a fault. We seek to restore and correct but that must be done in the...

Remember Who You Are

Friends, lately I have been asking some hard questions of you and of myself. This election season has challenged me. My emotions have run high and I have had to scroll past many posts when my inner teacher wanted to stop and drop Truth. I didn’t because I couldn’t find a way to wrap that truth in kindness. So this morning, I want to ask you another hard question. This...

The Real Headline

Judas voted for the wrong person. We can all agree. He filled in the oval for the wrong candidate. Christian history proved that. Judas’ conscious would later convince him that he cast his ballot amiss. But even after Judas decided to vote for the wrong candidate, Jesus broke bread with him. Jesus did not break fellowship with Judas because of his vote. Jesus humbled himself and washed Judas’ feet even...

What America Needs

I read a familiar passage this morning: For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound judgment. II Timothy 1:7 Although I have read and quoted this scripture often, this morning, it caused me to ponder. I questioned its truthfulness. (Now, don’t get your panties in a wad. I believe in the inherent word of God but sometimes in questioning you get a...

Love Like Jesus

He was a tax collector, not just any tax collector but the chief tax collector! He was a Cheater. A Thief. A Betrayer of his people. He was Selfish. Greedy. Rich. He was considered a chief sinner by his people. He was Rejected. Scorned. Despised. Avoided. Disliked. But as Jesus walked through the crowds of Jericho that day, Jesus invited Himself over to stay with this despised, unwanted, betrayer of...

How are you Known?

It was my birthday eve. My boys and I had a lovely meal and watched a cute movie. All was well until I made the mistake of reading a Facebook posts. I am learning to scroll past most of the craziness but every now and then, I can’t. This was one of those times. Despite my temptation, I didn’t respond to the sharer of the article. I took my anger...

Love God. Love People.

Love God. Love people. There is no other commandment greater than this. Friday, we were shopping in downtown Boone. All of the stores require masks. I walked into the store and greeted the salesperson. I sensed her heart was heavy. She told of an encounter she had earlier that day with a customer who refused to wear a mask. He yelled at her and was rude before stomping out of...