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Running on empty?

May 26, 2022 | recharge, rest, vacation, work

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:1-2 NIV). Summer is here. School is out. Now what? What

Five keys to sustainable ministry

December 29, 2017 | growth, ministry, pain, persevere, refocus, rest, retreat, sustainable ministry

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:11-12 (ESV) I’m writing this blog on my annual study retreat. I usually try to find a place at the beach or in the mountains the last week of the

Sabbatical still bearing fruit

November 1, 2013 | abide, fruit, fruitfulness, Gary Combs, reflection, rest, sabbatical

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV). This Sunday we will conclude the seven “I AM” sayings of Jesus sermon series. I’ve tried to interweave our sabbatical learnings throughout each

On sabbatical

May 17, 2013 | God, jesus, rest, sabbatical

“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So

Running on empty?

June 11, 2010 | recharge, rest, vacation

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:1-2 NIV). Summer is here. School is out. Now what?

Cathedrals and crosses come near

December 31, 2008 | rest, retreat, study break

“So I will come near to you for judgment. …but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty” (Malachi 3:5 NIV). “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8 NIV). “That’ll make a great picture!” said passerby after passerby

Fresh fireworks

July 3, 2008 | fireworks, reignite, rest

“Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!” (Psalm 51:12 Msg). We’re headed to visit my wife’s family in Virgina this week to celebrate July 4th together. For years we put on a huge fireworks show in their backyard. Both myself and Robin’s dad always bought outrageous amounts of rockets and

Why God Wants Our Worship

May 31, 2007 | rest, thankfulness, worship

For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. … Yes, they knew God, but