Tree of Healing Ministries
We need to ask three crucial questions: When do we get involved? I think I answered that question in a previous blog, “Four factors in a friendship”. I listed Common Interests, Common Values, Chemistry and Trust. When you have all four, the friendship sparkles, glows, energy is received and given back. When one is missing, … Continue reading “Investing in a Friendship”
Start with a clear idea of what the issue is that you received ministry for. An example is a strained relationship; every time you think of the person, you think of all the things that you could have, should have, done but didn’t. There’s pain, there’s regret, there are inner vows to never ever… (fill … Continue reading “Steps to Keeping Your Healing”
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,[c] reviving the soul;the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; (Psalm 19, NIV) “Reviving the soul” — I recall how the Gospel of Matthew drew me in when I chanced upon it as a child; there was … Continue reading “The Perfect Word of God”
Growing older is a good thing; or, to be more precise, growing older with a healing community is a very good thing. To journey with a band of people who share similar values and goals, who are open about the brokenness in their own lives, and whom God uses to heal one another, is very … Continue reading “A Time of Convergence”
“There’s no such thing as aging gracefully. We age in fits and starts,” my older sister declared. As the youngest of five siblings, I am now watching the older ones age first. I have watched as the once strong and loud ones diminish over time as bodies start giving way, disease start creeping in. Once … Continue reading “Leaving a Legacy Behind”
Some dreams are prophetic. In the late 90s when I started work in church, I dreamed I was on a path which was intersected by a flowing stream. Across the stream, an angel slept under a tree. When he sensed my presence, he jumped up and handed me a bunch of keys saying, “These are … Continue reading “Finding Keys to Freedom”
COMMUNITY MONDAYS After the Covid lockdown and with services resuming, some church congregations have shown signs of repentance and revival. Is this just a spark that will die down, or will it be fanned into flame? Much of it depends on the leadership team. From my perspective, reflecting on a previous revival in the late … Continue reading “Can Church Handle a Revival?”
Four months after starting Pilates exercises, I have a pretty good idea of the range of instructors out there — some very technical-oriented, others very free-spirited and creative in their exercises. I need both. I need the physiotherapy-trained instructor to carefully put me through my paces in structured, fairly predictable programs. Good, but a bit … Continue reading “A Lesson from my Pilates Journey”
WEDNESDAY’S WORD Many Christians are aware of Matthew 18:18, where Jesus introduces the “two or three” principle, but may not be aware that the enemy also uses it. 18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, truly I tell … Continue reading “The “Two or Three” Principle”
COMMUNITY MONDAYS Living in community is difficult. In his day, Paul wrote of the Corinthian church: “I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder” (2 Cor 12:20). Two thousand years later, not much has changed. Someone asked, “How do you reconcile the fact that this is church and these are … Continue reading “The Power of Blessing”
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