The Rhythm of Sabbatical

The Rhythm of Sabbatical

Jesus could have done more. Have you considered those who were not healed, those who did not get to hear the voice of their Savior firsthand or those who wanted a more thorough explanation of His teachings? If Jesus had only worked more hours, worked seven days each week or done a little more to delay His death so that He had more time doing ministry. Of course, thoughts such as these seem absurd. Yet, how often do we put ourselves through these kinds of thoughts in ministry? There is always... Read More
Using Your Summer To Gear Up For The Fall

Using Your Summer To Gear Up For The Fall

Where did this year go? It seems like just yesterday we were talking about gearing up for the new year, then we were getting a jump on Easter, now it’s come and gone and we’re about to start Summer. With camps, VBS and mission trips all planned, now is the time to use the rest of your summer to plan for the rest of the year. If you’ve read my book “Beat The Clock” or any of my other articles on time management here on the Orange Leader’s Blog, you’ve heard me say there are just four steps to... Read More
Does Your Family Matter?

Does Your Family Matter?

We’ve all done it. Cringed when someone asks our child what they learned at church today, and their slow response is, “I don’t know.” If anyone should know that the lesson was about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, it should be your children! How did they miss the fiery furnace you constructed out of a refrigerator box and tissue paper that took up the whole living room for a week? We can fall into the trap of thinking that because our kids are surrounded by our ministry, they are a part of... Read More
Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

Can You Really Balance Ministry and Life?

I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew... Read More
The Key To Leaving Work At Work

The Key To Leaving Work At Work

I have a short list of confessions to make as I write this article on work/life balance. I believe balance is overrated and rather boring. A perfectly balanced see-saw doesn’t go anywhere. We are incomplete without the ups and downs of circumstances. We learn to lean in, to share strength with others, to trust, to breathe. God reveals Himself fully in the ups and downs. He is our balance. I know there are seasons in every life that are “all-in” moments where extra amounts of grace... Read More