My 17-year-old son likes to wear a T-shirt that reads “everyday hero.” Many people aspire to be leaders, and we usually aspire to be the kind of leader exemplified by their heroes. As a missions executive, my hero is Betsy Stockton, the first single Protestant female missionary from America. She was an African American born a slave, who aspired to be a missionary at a time when it was socially impossible. Finally in 1823, the American Board agreed to send her to Maui if she went as a domestic helper.
Do you ever wake up feeling like your mind is crammed full of information? Things to do, people to see, things to remember. It’s normal to be busy, but for some reason, certain days are more difficult than others. Some days, your mind just feels muddled and murky.
You struggle with words to say, you forget people’s names and you can’t explain a concept correctly because your words aren’t making sense. Your mind is unfocused all day, and you just can’t seem to complete any task you start.
God rewards growth with pruning. Watch the video of Tom.
I’ve wondered for a long time why I couldn’t pray the way I wanted to. Other people would spend hours praying and be consistent about it too. What was wrong with me? Then I realized something – my biggest roadblock in talking to God was that He seemed distant – as if His voice was coming from some far away place. I often sang “come, Jesus come,” at church, assuming that unless I expressly asked Him to come He wouldn’t be there with me. When you think someone is far away, it’s hard to believe they know or care about you.
The world’s view of peace is the absence of conflict, trouble, and having freedom from mental and emotional disturbance. For the believer, peace is a person and that is our faith. Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but in Him we may have peace. Our ability to have peace comes from Him. I am going to talk about how, as believers, can live in peace while we are in a conflict and how we can prepare ourselves before a conflict arises.