Puerto Rico Se Levanta – Levantar La Sábana: Lift the Sheet

 Just over one month in and there is already so much to tell. The fact is that Puerto Rico had never been on my heart until it was. On September 20th, 2017, Puerto Rico fell victim to the most powerful hurricane to strike the island in 85 years. With the eye of the storm passing directly over the island, there was not an inch of Puerto Rico that was unaffected by the wrath of Hurricane Maria.  From that time until now, not a portion of my heart has gone unaffected by the people of Puerto Rico. The resiliency of people who have now gone more than 4 months without power, some still without municipal water is what is just the surface. The stories of those who lost everything; of those who watched as their neighbors lost everything; of those who turned their homes into places of refuge for the least of these; those are what stick.  …Read More.

Just over one month in and there is already so much to tell. The fact is that Puerto Rico had never been on my heart until it was. On September 20th, 2017, Puerto Rico fell victim to the most powerful hurricane to strike the island in 85 years. With the eye of the storm passing directly over the island, there was not an inch of Puerto Rico that was unaffected by the wrath of Hurricane Maria.

From that time until now, not a portion of my heart has gone unaffected by the people of Puerto Rico. The resiliency of people who have now gone more than 4 months without power, some still without municipal water is what is just the surface. The stories of those who lost everything; of those who watched as their neighbors lost everything; of those who turned their homes into places of refuge for the least of these; those are what stick. …Read More.

God Has Placed You In Your Workplace for a Reason

 I serve as an administrative assistant for a counseling office. I answer phones, scan files, sort paperwork and handle insurance benefits. I often spend my days at work without the opportunity to mention Christ to the hopeless people coming through our doors or to my co-workers.  I’m not alone. So many of us have jobs that just don’t seem relevant to our walk as Christians. We work as teachers, secretaries, small business owners, wait staff, students, stay-at-home moms or soldiers. We want to serve Christ, but we feel we must relegate our service to Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. Those on the stages at our churches and out on the mission field do the real spiritual heavy lifting, we think. Is this what God has for us?  …Read More.

I serve as an administrative assistant for a counseling office. I answer phones, scan files, sort paperwork and handle insurance benefits. I often spend my days at work without the opportunity to mention Christ to the hopeless people coming through our doors or to my co-workers.

I’m not alone. So many of us have jobs that just don’t seem relevant to our walk as Christians. We work as teachers, secretaries, small business owners, wait staff, students, stay-at-home moms or soldiers. We want to serve Christ, but we feel we must relegate our service to Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. Those on the stages at our churches and out on the mission field do the real spiritual heavy lifting, we think. Is this what God has for us? …Read More.

God Has Placed You In Your Workplace for a Reason

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I serve as an administrative assistant for a counseling office. I answer phones, scan files, sort paperwork and handle insurance benefits. I often spend my days at work without the opportunity to mention Christ to the hopeless people coming through our doors or to my co-workers.

I’m not alone. So many of us have jobs that just don’t seem relevant to our walk as Christians. We work as teachers, secretaries, small business owners, wait staff, students, stay-at-home moms or soldiers. We want to serve Christ, but we feel we must relegate our service to Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights. Those on the stages at our churches and out on the mission field do the real spiritual heavy lifting, we think. Is this what God has for us? …Read More.

The Difference Between Godly and Worldly Flourishing

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Flourish. When you read the word, what is the first thought that pops into your mind?  Do you think of a lush garden ripe with fruits and veggies? Or a wealthy person who can provide for his family? Or the Starbucks cup from last Christmas with “Flourish” written in fancy lettering?

According to Dictionary.com, “to flourish” means “to be in a vigorous state; thrive; to be in its or in one’s prime; prosper; to grow luxuriantly; to make dramatic, sweeping gestures.” (Personally, I resonate with the last one. If flourishing means being dramatic, then I must flourish every day. But I digress.)

The word “flourish” also gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles. Flourishing is a desirable trait for those who are in Christ. If we are in Christ and live according to His Word, we think, we will flourish in our work, ministry and family.

But what does it really mean to flourish? And is this even a biblical concept? …Read More.

7 Steps to Take Today Toward Racial Reconciliation

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God’s vision of reconciliation for people – both to Himself and to one another – fell fresh on my heart as I recently read these words of Jesus:

‘I say to you that many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 8:11)

Revelation 7:9 and 2 Corinthians 5:17 are two go-to passages for an apologetic of racial reconciliation, but lately I am clinging to this vision of a table set in heaven for those “from the east and the west” taking their places to feast.

Once exposed to racial disparities, many (particularly white brothers and sisters) might not know what next steps to take to actively work toward racial reconciliation — toward this table that will be set in Heaven — in their churches, communities, nation and world.

I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but here are some suggestions from my personal experience. …Read More.