The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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“Brethren, your calling is very holy. Your work is very difficult. Your savior is very mighty, and the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Dr. J.H. Jowett

I love these words.

A holy calling is a strong urge toward a way of life that is consecrated to God, devoted to the service of God. It’s a strong urge to know more of God, to commune with Him and His truth, to be dedicated to an ever deepening relationship with our Creator.

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For All of Us.

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Driving in my car today I cried out to the Lord. Continue reading

Gandhi, Gays and Christian Leadership

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I woke up a few weeks ago thinking about Mahatma Gandhi, one of the best and most loved leaders this world has known. During an outbreak of communal violence in 1943, Gandhi began and continued a 21 day fast until all of the violence was stopped. Even though the protesters/rioters were justified in their cause, their violent actions were untenable when applied to a higher law. Gandhi recognized that fact and opted to lead uncompromisingly toward peace.

Gandhi was a great and successful leader because of his ability to discern high wisdom. He commanded love and respect and extracted unity out of his own fearless dedication to the highest principles. I believe it’s time for Christian Leadership to begin a fast of it’s own. Continue reading

Destination Amargosa

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Marta Becket and her Amargosa Opera House are my source of inspiration as the year begins. This woman left behind life as she knew it to became a conduit of pure (and divine) inspiration. She took a dilapidated abandoned theater in a veritable ghost town in the middle of a harsh desert and turned it into a place of beauty, creation and well being. I see the way God works in so much of what Marta Becket did. Her story touches me deeply and inspires me to stand ever more resolute in my conviction to lead a faith based life. Continue reading