Crossing The Finish Line

  In the fall of 2019, our son texted me this picture indicating he had just completed a marathon in Leadville, CO.  A few minutes after sending the text he called and breathlessly told me that he had run the race with a time that qualified him to compete in…

What Is Shaped In Solitude and Stillness?

Stillness. Quiet. Solitude. Sometimes when I invite solitude into my day, or it forces itself on me, I think about my grandmothers, Lucy Jones and Emma Martin. Both were mothers to 13 children. Believe it or not, I remember a quietness and a sense of stillness about both of them.…

What Is Essential?

I bet you’ve been using words you never thought you would use – quarantine, social distancing, pandemic, non-essential. In today’s post, Tony Balsamo is talking about what is actually essential during this time that we couldn’t have expected. Join us for a time of guided prayer and worship on Saturday,…

Worship In The Time Of Covid

  What a strange time to be a worship leader! At the time I’m writing this, most of us are heading into our fifth weekend since most states, and eventually the Federal Government, shut down all large gatherings and changed everything we thought we knew about doing ministry. At this point,…

Now What?

  Last night at about 11:30 I snuck out our front door, moving along the sidewalk and down my neighbor’s driveway to plant the Gatorade-green “You Are Loved” sign a church member had left for us three days ago. I did not get caught. A week ago, my wife and…

Preserving Your Own Heart (And Sanity)

  I had a moment this past week that almost broke me… We were recording our service at 7pm. And I couldn’t get my brain to slow down enough to even focus on the blinking cursor in front of me long enough to type a single sentence. I have literally…

Don’t Doubt What God Can Do In This Temporary New Normal

In the days that we are living in, it can seem so difficult to get up every morning in the middle of what looks and feels like a desert/wilderness kind of place. But as Believers in the midst of this pandemic we must not allow the challenge of what we…

This Feels Familiar And I Don’t Like It

  Leading through these uncertain times feels familiar. I don’t like it. In my socially separated circles, 2008 is best known for the recession caused by the housing market crash and the Phillies winning the world series. The latter brought me great joy in the midst of chaos and heartbreak.…

Will God Provide?

In an era when the culture is already changing more rapidly than ever before, it’s amazing how quickly a virus can turn the whole world upside down in a matter of weeks. It has all happened so fast that we are still in the shock of reacting as best we…

I’ve Got Nothing, People.

  When the schedule for our EDA bloggers came out, being assigned the middle of March seemed harmless enough. Now that it’s here, I have the simple task of writing a little something to encourage pastors and church leaders in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that is bringing everyone’s…

3 Keys To Help The Next Generation Of Leaders Crush Giants

  I was recently struck by the story of David and Goliath from a fresh perspective. I had just finished praying with an incredibly faithful follower of Christ. He was in the hospital and his days were numbered. I prayed that God would raise up a next generation with faith…

3 Questions To Help Maintain Healthy Vital Signs

While serving as an under-shepherd for many years now, it still can become frustrating when the sheep in God’s pasture don’t willingly follow. Within these exasperating moments I long to strike the rock rather than speak to it. Anybody know what I mean? Over the years I’m learning to pause…

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