God’s Word in Uncertain Times

Back around the beginning of the global pandemic earlier this year, I started a series of posts on Facebook where I shared verses of Scripture called, “God’s Word in Uncertain Times.” Of course, there are many, many words that speak to us in uncertain times. Here is the series I posted on Facebook over several … Read more

God Has a Plan

In my new role as a district superintendent, I (Joleen) recently wrote this in an email to pastors in the Altoona District: Hear the words of the Lord from Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to … Read more

Guard Against a Victim Mentality

I have been thinking about this for a long time—a little over a year, according to my journal. Basically, I have come to realize that we must all guard against developing a victim mentality! Merriam-Webster defines “victim mentality” as … the belief that one is always a victim : the idea that bad things will … Read more

Life is Fragile!

This post is a little sobering. I drafted it back at the beginning of the pandemic and set it aside. But, I’ve found myself thinking about life, and how fragile it is.  Life has always been fragile. It’s just more noticeable during a pandemic. The truth is, none of us know how much time we … Read more

Disciples of Jesus Need God’s Word

As followers of Jesus we are disciples—students, learners, apprentices. That’s who we are. As disciples, God’s Word is essential for us. The Bible has long played a vital role in my life. But since the stroke, it seems to be even more important. Here are some verses that have impacted me lately … God is … Read more

Who Do We Promote?

I’m impressed with the attitude and non-self-promotional behavior of Jesus in his ministry! I was especially struck by Jesus’ attitude as I started reading through Mark’s gospel again recently. Mark begins by telling how Jesus was introduced by John the Baptist; he didn’t even introduce himself! In the opening chapters of Mark’s gospel, Jesus “sternly” … Read more

Paul & Silas Were Pot-Stirrers!

I’ve said before, Leaders are Pot-Stirrers. I’ve also listed 3 Ways Leaders Stir the Pot. First-century church leaders were clearly pot-stirrers. In Acts 16-17, there’s a story that describes how Paul and Silas were pot-stirrers. “These people are causing an uproar in our city” (Acts 16.20, CEB) … “These people who have been disturbing the … Read more

Stay Humble, Stay Hungry, and Stay in Tune With God!

When I pray some or all of our Core Prayers at Centre Grove, I often add the challenge to stay humble, stay hungry, and stay in tune with God! I’ve written about the need to stay humble and stay hungry before. We must stay humble, knowing that we can do nothing apart from God. We … Read more

Stretch!

What do you do when you first get up in the morning? Stretch? What do you do when you get up from sitting a long time? Stretch? Stretching. We talk about stretching our body. We talk about stretching our mind. I wonder if we ever need to stretch our spirit. “Stretching our mind” refers to … Read more

Protecting Your Church

On Sunday, I challenged our church family to protect the church. I read several statements from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Warren begins, “It is your job to protect the unity of your church.” He notes … Unity is the soul of fellowship. Destroy it, and you rip the heart out of Christ’s … Read more