Prayer Ministry at Wood's Edge Church in Houston

Last week, I had the privilege of being in Houston and getting to spend time with the staff at Wood's Edge Church in Houston, Texas.  First of all, let me say that the staff was so hospitable and went above and beyond what I had in mind.  I spent about an hour talking logistics and history with their Prayer and Care Pastor, Carol.  It was so fun to hear their journey over the years of becoming a church that not just talks about prayer, but actually makes prayer a priority.  She shared lots of great resources and details about how they transitioned as a church and some of the obstacles along the way. In addition, to a great visit with Carol, I was treated to an amazing supper with Carol as well as three of their elders and their wives.  Not only was the food amazing, but also was able to hear the heart of these leaders and how prayer had changed them and their church.   After the meal, I was able to attend their Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting.  It was a time of worship and prayer.

Galveston Beach

I’ve enjoyed the last two days of rest and relaxing at my happy place, the beach. Here’s a few pictures from some quiet and peaceful times in Galveston. There’s just something about the sound of the waves, the feeling of sand in my toes and the fun of playing in the ocean that just refreshes me and makes me smile.  Thanks to a friend who encouraged me to always try and see the sunrise when you are at the beach!

Upper Room Dallas

Spending today in prayer and worship here today. This is similar to the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. 

Threshold Prayer Conference

Today will be my first official learning opportunity on sabbatical. I will be doing an online prayer conference put on by Threshold Prayer  Ministries. I’m looking forward to learning more about leading prayer ministry in the church. 

Sabbatical begins today

Today is the start of my 3 month sabbatical from Hesston MB Church.  I again want to say thanks to the church for offering this time to its pastors.  You can follow along on my journey here.  As I preached last week, I'm looking forward to this time of rest and restoration.   This week is going to be a quiet one, but I will update a few times. Have a great week!

A Sabbatical Message based on Psalm 23 & Matthew 11

Introduction: Sabbatical as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary-“A leave of absence usually granted every 7 th year for travel, research and rest.” Today is my last Sunday at HMBC for the next 3 months as I begin my sabbatical next Sunday.   I want to begin by saying “thank you” to Hesston MB for understanding the importance of sabbatical for its pastors.   This policy has been in effect for many years and not all churches offer this to their pastoral staff so I want to start by saying thanks to you. I greatly appreciate the opportunity.   What will I be doing?   My focus for this sabbatical is going to be prayer so I will be going to a few 24 hour of prayer locations in Dallas and in Kansas City. I will be taking an online class on leading prayer ministry in the church in addition to visiting with some other church leaders about prayer ministry in their churches.   This will also include a time of rest for me which will include some time at a beach (or two) as well as an ex

Sermon-"Power Struggle"

Introduction: Where do we see “power” in our culture? (money, politics, status (get to the top no matter what), Control) How does that compare to power in the kingdom of God? (humility, dependance, less of me, abiding) Do we believe that power is available to us? If we do, would it change how we live? Power-Greek work “dunamis” where we get dynamite ·          19  and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  20  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:19-20) ·          16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,… 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (Ephesians 3:16,20) Power of Father (His Word & Weapons) ·          Genesis 1:1 & And G