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Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World

It is always a tragedy when a sacred space is destroyed. This Holy Week, we remember Notre Dame, the people of Paris, St. Landry Parish, and all who mourn. Our hearts long for the resurrection of an Easter morning.

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Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Will There Be Disability in Heaven? – God Loves You Exactly As You Are

After my mission trip, I was inspired by the words of Christ. I still did not know why I was born with the congenital cataracts that caused my disability, but I decided that it wasn't the why that mattered. It was what I did with my life.

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God’s Grace Gives Me Hope to Face Sight Loss

My goal is to see as much of the world as possible before my sight grows completely dim. I am grateful for every day of vision, but even if I lose my sight entirely, I will continue to travel and explore the world in other ways. I know that people who are blind can love travel just as much as sighted people! I do not need to fear the loss of my vision because, "We walk by faith and not by sight."  

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Devotion: Hope from the Ash Heap

This post is part of the series, "His Encouragement." Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group… Continue reading Devotion: Hope from the Ash Heap

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Prepare the Way of the Lord (His Encouragement #4)

What is “His Encouragement?” Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to… Continue reading Prepare the Way of the Lord (His Encouragement #4)

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Tips for Sermon Writing

Dear Reader, John Wesley (one my personal heroes and co-founder of Methodism) encouraged “plain speaking for plain people,” he also advocated excellence in preaching. When preparing a sermon, I always ask myself the following questions: 1.) You are the resident theologian: Even if you have never attended seminary, there is a good chance that you… Continue reading Tips for Sermon Writing

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Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15

  Sunday, October 14, 2018 Scripture:  Amos 5.6-15 Key Verses: " Seek good and not evil, that you may live;and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15 Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate;it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the… Continue reading Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15