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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Daisy

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Have you ever heard of a horse fly? Better yet, have you ever been bitten by a horse fly? Yikes! It hurts!! I thought maybe they were called horse flies since they can be large in size, but I suspect it is more because they are intensely attracted to horses.

My parents have two horses, Daisy and Lacey. When the weather began getting steamy, the flies came out in droves, so my dad bought some horse fly repellent for the horses. He applied it to Lacey with no problem. However, when he attempted to spray Daisy, it was difficult to get any on her at all because she was afraid of the bottle.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What rules?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
For several weeks we have been considering the topic of God's will.  Previous Relevant Ministry Blog articles have surfaced some principles that I hope you can use:


Here are the titles of the previous articles:
How can we know what God’s will is?
Getting and staying on track 
Wisdom for Decision Making
God's will is not something to be found but rather lived in

Today I'd like to share a list of five questions that have helped me.


Knowing God's ways, His will and making wise decisions. How can we do that?   My list of five questions includes a bottom line indicator that will help you to say yes or no.  You ask, "what rules?"  That ruling indicator is - peace. 
Colossians 3:15 says, "Let the peace of Christ rule." Like an umpire in a baseball game calls the balls and strikes. Let 'peace' be your umpire and make the call for you. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are you like me?

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Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
Are you like me – relieved when a task is finished?  Saturday, I was distributing my parents’ weekly prescriptions into their pillboxes.  Small as the task may seem, it’s always so good to have the counter cleared of all the pills, the prescriptions all in their right compartments in the pillboxes, and packed up to deliver to my parents some time later that day.

As I finished the task, I heard myself say out loud, “Wow, that feels good to have that accomplished.  And then, I wiped the counter with my hands as though to say, “That task is complete. What’s next?”

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

God's will is not something to be found but rather lived in

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
Has there ever been a time for you when the desire to know or to “find God’s will” seemed like an impossible task or brought a lot of questions that led to more questions that never resulted in answers?

God’s will, being in the right place at the right time, or however you might describe it, is where all of us as followers of Christ desire to be.  To help in this task, I want to challenge you to make a shift in your thinking about God’s will - for at least the length of this blog article to see what insight God may give to you. 

The shift in thinking is in the title of this blog article: God's will is not something to be found, but rather lived in!

If you are a believer, who is loving God and not living in known sin - you ARE in God’s will right now.  How does that sound to you?

Here is the first of two ways to view God’s will:

One way is viewing God’s will as something to be found.  This view says, “I am at point B looking for God’s will which is at point A.”  Essentially, with this view, I am saying that I am not in the will of God if I am at point B.  Or, saying that there is something wrong with point B.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Knock at the Door and the Voice Beyond


Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
It was a hectic time trying to get packed up to return home after our last vacation.  There were twelve of us scurrying around trying to make sure we got everything packed into the appropriate suitcases and there were multiple trips being made to the cars. At one point, I pulled my younger daughter, Catheryn, from the pack of cousins running and playing.  I gave her instructions to stand still at the door to wait for her daddy’s return from the car, so she could let him back through the locked door at the hotel. Once she agreed to stay at the door, I warned her to listen for his voice after the knock, so she would know it was safe to open the door.

How was she to know it was her father’s voice and therefore safe to open the door? She has learned his voice through seven years of listening. Her daddy could also call her by name to verify because he knows her and she belongs to him. However, neither of those things would have mattered if she had not done two important things. She had to pull away from her cousins for a while and remain still and listen.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wisdom for Decision Making

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
I’d like to tell a story that I read about a man who ran into a snowstorm while driving through the mountains of Colorado as an illustration of decision making.  In the snowstorm, the man got disoriented and completely lost, then he saw a snowplow and decided to follow it.  He kept as close as he could while it plowed away the snow. At times, the blowing snow almost cut off his view; but the guide ahead of him kept on leading the way. After some time, the plow stopped, and its driver got out and walked over to the car saying, “Where are you going?”   The man in the car said, “I’m on my way to Denver.”  The snowplow driver replied,  “Well, you’ll never get there following me! I’m plowing a parking lot!”

In order to get to our destination, we must make sure we’re on the right road. And, we need to be sure we’re following the One who is the wisdom giver for direction in our life.


So, how do we find wisdom for decision making?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

God's creation seen through a spider web

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Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Last week, we looked at the power of the web of destruction in our lives.  In the article, Cyndi also commented on how we can be used of God to help others when they are struggling with something in their lives.  This week, we will look at the power of God’s creation through a spider web and how God’s creation might speak to each one of us differently.


A couple of years ago, I had an unbelievable experience.  I woke up early just as the sun was rising.  There was fog rolling across our lake, and the dew was heavy on the grass and flowers.  As I looked out our kitchen window, I noticed the most spectacular sight: Hanging in midair was the largest spider web I have ever seen. 

Instantly, the thought went through my mind that I needed to capture this spider web on my camera before the sun burned the dew off the strands of silk.  Quickly, I ran through the house to gather up my camera.  Stepping outside the front door and onto the lawn, I immediately sensed the denseness of the air, and every blade of grass was weighted down with dew.  As I rounded the corner of our house, I saw the spider web sparkling in the sun like a piece of fine crystal.  Every strand of silk was covered in moisture drops, and it was one the most amazing sights I have ever seen. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Getting and staying on track

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Nelson Roth
Recently, I was out fishing with my son-in-law, Jeff, and his three boys.  We were pumped about bringing home supper - fire grilled speckled trout and flounder was sounding good.

Jeff navigated the boat to the right spot and put down the anchor.  We ended up with a pretty good day -  meaning we caught fish and had some nice fillets that night! 

A number of things go into a successful fishing trip...patience, the right bait, the right conditions, and all the right gear.  Something else that could be overlooked is the anchor that holds the boat in that right spot!  Without the anchor that day, we would have drifted.  


How might this apply to our current topic of decision making and knowing the will of God?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The web of destruction

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Yesterday afternoon, I found myself pondering a question posed in my current Bible study. Often God, himself rescues us from the clutches of sin that render us helpless and often, hopeless. However, sometimes he desires to script someone else into the scene who is willing to come along and help. The burning question; why? Why would God, the Almighty, ever do this? Why use fallible man?

Many people have sought to help me over the years, and it is easy to see that their help was a divine appointment from God. Also, humbling, but true, there have been times the Lord has allowed, even me, to help someone through a hard time. So, there is no doubting that he works this way, but the question remains, why? 

So, in my heart, I posed the question, “Lord, why do you do this?” As I sat and waited, my eyes fell to a minor rumble developing on my porch; a mosquito-hawk had drifted into a spider’s web. At first it was a minor entanglement, nothing life threatening; just life’s average mishap, a slip-up, just like sin.