Redemption Stories {Lettie}

Some personalities are hard to capture in words. Lettie is one of those. She was a force. I never knew her age but somewhere in her 60’s when we met her she was as energetic as ones half her age. Her days were largely spent helping others. She seemed to know just the right time to drop off flowers to someone feeling especially lonely that day. Lettie was one of...

Heading West {Clint}

When Clint told us he and another graduate were heading west to Las Vegas we didn’t think it was a good idea. This wasn’t Clint’s, or his friend’s, first program. To the staff, they were babies in recovery. They would be leaving their support group. They tried to assure us by telling us that family had a guaranteed job waiting for them. We shook our heads and wished them well....

Is it time to receive your commission?

I, Paul, and my companions in faith here, send greetings to the Galatian churches. My authority for writing to you does not come from any popular vote of the people, nor does it come through the appointment of some human higher-up. It comes directly from Jesus the Messiah and God the Father, who raised him from the dead. I’m God-commissioned. Galatians 1:1-2 Message We are going to a commissioning. We’re...

We’re on a mission

The organization we’re with has a purpose statement for the area we’re assigned to. We have an overall mission statement but in our singularly focused area of ministry, we also have a statement defining our purpose. It says, in part: “The primary purpose of an Adult Rehabilitation Center is the spiritual regeneration and rehabilitation of men who have undergone a process of disaffiliation from those significant ties, which enable individuals...

Rescued and Redeemed

  I saw his grizzled face, breadcrumbs around his dry mouth, as he offered a smile that looked genuinely happy to see me. I returned the smile that probably showed more concern than joy. He didn’t look well, not like the last time I saw him. He was much thinner, unkempt, but his eyes eager to be seen, to be welcomed ‘home’. He’s not the only one I’ve seen worse...

When ordinary Sunday church turns extraordinary

We are sort of like your average church. Our Sunday service outline is basic with slight changes week to week. Sunday after Sunday will look like this: Welcome & Announcements Doxology sung before the offering is collected A Call to Worship will be read responsively Congregational song Prayer Someone will read selected scripture Another song will be sung Sermon an invitation for prayer at the altar Amazing Grace will be...

Memorable Posts of 2015

With Christmas and New Year’s falling on Friday this year, Kate is hosting a Memorable Posts of 2015 link up and Books I Read in 2015 on the 30th. Be sure to stop by her place to catch up on some good reading. OOPS! Seems I pulled a Steve Harvey here. In my efforts to be prepared the day before I read Kate’s post where she listed her most read posts. However, her link up today...

The ‘It All Went Wrong’ Advent Sunday

Okay, maybe it didn’t all go wrong. P’s performance of Silent Night was good. Nice that he got S to join him on guitar. And the men sang out on Go Tell It On the Mountain. What is it about that song that gets men to sing? Henry brought a good message about love and God being love and loving us always. No matter what. A Social Network Christmas video went over...

They Came to Serve

We’ve been in some small church buildings but this was one of the smallest. Our modest chapel was full at 70 and breaking every fire code known when we added chairs down the center aisle to squeeze in 90 people for special occasions. The room where we gathered for Sunday lunch only worked when the kids took their plates to another room or people ate quickly to give others a...