Began my day with this from A Way to Pray: Inspire us to work the works of him that sent us while it is day, since the night comes when no man will be able to work. Whatever good our hands find to do, let us do it with all our might. For there is no work [...]
Earlier today I wondered how I could reach out to encourage some of my pastoral counterparts fighting the good fight (1 Tim. 6:12). The trick with this kind of thing comes with realizing that pastors fall into the crazy busy category. None of us relish the idea of getting spam-like texts, n0 matter how well [...]
Over the years I’ve logged my share of hours on the therapist’s couch. At different seasons, biblical counseling has played a huge role in my life. Lord knows I’ve needed it. But not every counseling experience was created equal in terms of its profit and degree of change. I suspect that had more to do [...]
I blew through the application section of this morning’s message. You can listen to the audio here. I promised to post this portion of my manuscript on the blog for the convenience of anyone who wanted to pay closer attention. I promise, I fulfill. Warding off serious threats to peace in the church requires a decisive [...]
As we approach Halloween, it’s easy as Christians to focus on the question: will we or won’t we participate in Halloween? Many Christians have valid and scripturally based arguments for both sides of the debate and this post doesn’t attempt to answer that question. But I would like to pose another question as we approach [...]
by Erin Ashley Huffman on October 14, 2014
One of the verses I find myself mediating on and coming back to regularly is Ephesians 2:10 which says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The context of this passage is Paul’s striking description of how God has made [...]
Before long, Lord willing, Nancy and I will return to our beloved refuge in Idaho. I make no bones about the fact that living in Florida leaves me cold. Or should I say hot. I’m no flat lander; I way prefer rugged peaks. So why stay put when paradise beckons? Easy. I know the answer. [...]
by Joe Torres on October 7, 2014
Why are we offering free parking…again? We ask ourselves this question each year, and each year we find ourselves recommitted to God’s purpose of using Orlando Grace Church to bless the city of Altamonte Springs. We see biblical precedent for this all over the Bible. For example, when the southern nation of Judah was torn [...]
Just finished my monthly neighborhood book club. My turn to host. My turn to facilitate. My idea what to read - 101 Great American Poems. The La Floresta book club had never traveled down this road before, poetry that is. I took a chance. I made the suggestion as much for my sake as anyone else’s. [...]
When I imagine how Josh, our son who passed away in January of this year, would greet the notion of Orlando Grace Church constructing a playground in his memory, I think this image, one of my favorite ways of remembering him, best captures the essence of things. At least I hope it does. Or maybe this [...]
We will need your energy, your back, your tools, and your heart to get the job done. We will feed every stomach that reports for duty. If you have any questions about the project, one of our deacons is on point, but for those of you outside the OGC community, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to try and answer them. By the way, a proper dedication of the playground will be scheduled once the project is completed and the fence around it erected. More on that in the future.
May I say this to close? As Nancy and I continue to walk through the grieving process this challenging year, we are so grateful to the masses of folks who have added to our comfort in so many ways. Our huge thanks in advance for everyone who will help make the playground a reality. We anticipate this aspect of our journey to contribute to our ongoing healing in the most significant of ways. SDG!