As I sit here on this cold, icy day in northeast Kansas and think about the topic of hospitality in the pastor’s home, my mind is blank. And then . . . after a nap on a cold winter’s afternoon, I wake up with a brilliant, beyond brilliant idea! Well, I hope so anyway! You’ve […]
Every pastor’s wife has one. It’s on a shelf, tucked away in a den somewhere. It’s tacked on a hallway wall space where not too many guests walk by, or it’s folded away in a drawer ready to come out once a year for the Christmas season.
Aquila and Priscilla show us a fascinating example of serving well together in Scripture. Join Denna Busenitz (Sandhills of NE) and Madelyn Fox (Allakaket, AK) for this devotional series. About 18 years pass between Aquila and Priscilla’s first and last mention in the Bible. We see 8 life actions used to describe their faithful ministry. […]
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” – Romans 12:13 “I promise to love you with hospitality, offering myself to you and those we minister to with service and an open heart and home.” This was a line from our wedding vows, based on Romans 12, something we wanted […]
Pastors’ wives are nothing special. I mean, they are special, but they are also just like you and me and all the ladies in the church. They struggle, they conquer, they laugh, they cry, they survive. And what are women in the church called to do? Build each other up. Encourage each other. (I Thessalonians […]
1 Corinthians 15:54-58 English Standard Version (ESV) When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and […]
One of my favorite pastimes is visiting and laughing with friends over food. Once the whirlwind of cleaning, coordinating, preparing, and cooking subsides I notice the satisfaction I have from hosting people. I like to hear stories about their lives. Sometimes deep conversations arise when we talk about God and our Christian walks. Other times […]
In *Erwin Lutzer’s autobiography, He Will Be the Preacher, he wrote about people who came along side of his family early in their ministry. One couple had them over for dinner, stocked their fridge with food, and drew them into their family. An older couple “took us under their wing and treated us as if […]
My husband and I both graduated from Bible college. We knew why we needed to counsel from God’s Word. We agreed wholeheartedly with the theories of biblical counseling. We could even give you a great list of books to read.
Small-towns and rural communities are in crisis. They are rarely the wholesome communities portrayed to us on old television shows or travel magazines. Divorce, drug-addiction, suicide, depression, family turmoil, and many more intense situations face us as we attempt to minister to our people. Add to it the fact that a strong gospel presence is […]