Finding Fresh Energy
For Life and For Service

One of my models in life is a guy in the early church called, Barnabas. In the Bible (Acts 11:23-24) it says of him, When he arrived (in Antioch), and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Barnabas encouraged through personal mentoring and counseling, through teaching, and through and itinerate preaching ministry to churches.

Like Barnabas, I hope I too can be an encourager in the following ways:

  • To my family members, neighbours, and people of my community by providing love and support however best at the time.
  • To those who are struggling because they have gone through a difficult crisis in life – pointing them to the grace and mercy that there is in Jesus Christ and in His Word, the Bible.
  • To those who have come to believe in Christ, have confessed faith in Him, and are seeking to follow Jesus through their participation in a Bible-believing, Gospel-centered church.
  • To those who serve in leadership in the Church as pastors and lay leaders as they try to understand more of what God wants to do through the church.
  • To churches and Christian ministries that are seeking to understand how they can do the work of God better.
  • Through writing, speaking, and various kinds of transition ministries for individuals, churches, and Christian ministries.

I also hope that many will find encouragement through my Blog, through the work of Second Wind Ministries, and through the Resources I try to make available.

 

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Thoughtful Adaptations to Change: Authentic Christian Faith in Postmodern Times

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It is presented as a “thoughtful” assessment of the positive as well as the negative effects of this change. The book emphasizes the value of maintaining a strong commitment in these times to the objective truth of the Holy Scriptures and the good news concerning Jesus to which they so strongly attest. Though the book is somewhat academic, it also provides many practical ideas on how to live and serve as a Christian disciple in these times. Each chapter offers the opportunity for group discussion on a large variety of subjects.

 

 

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