Not Ready for Leadership

Not Ready for Leadership

1 Samuel 9 introduces us to a very promising young man named Saul, a young man who we soon find out has been destined by God to become Israel’s first king.  He is from a good, highly-respected family with wealth and influence (1 Sam 9:1).   He himself is...
Why We Say Goodbye

Why We Say Goodbye

I was doing ok until I looked at her face. The 12-year-old girl was silently sobbing as friends and family gathered around her for prayer. She was huddled together with her siblings and parents, all of them preparing to leave for ministry in China in just a few days....
Influencing the Influencers

Influencing the Influencers

When President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, was sworn into office in 2010, Pastor Jonel Milan stood behind him on the platform. Pastor Jonel, the spiritual adviser to the president, later offered the prayer during the ceremony. When people ask him, “How did...
What the Future Holds

What the Future Holds

I was standing in church on Sunday and, I confess, my mind began to wander. The pastor had just mentioned the approach of the New Year and I realized I hadn’t thought much about it. But as I did, I began to grow a bit nervous. What would 2016 hold for me? I knew that...
Anna Waits

Anna Waits

Waiting. It can be so hard, especially when you don’t know when your waiting will be over. And how do you react when what you are waiting for finally happens? Relieved? Excited? Disappointed? It depends on what you were waiting for. In Luke 2:36-38, we meet Anna, a...