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“Leadership and pastoral training in America is like opening another restaurant (there are plenty on virtually every corner). In the developing world, leadership and pastoral training is like opening a food pantry in the midst of starving people.”


“All that is gold does not glitter
Not all those who wander are lost
The old that is strong does not wither
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien


“If you’re willing to say, ‘Lord, here I am, send me,’
God rubs his hands together and says,
‘Now we can get to work.
I will work in you and through you to reach out to the people around you.’
And that’s why God gets all the glory.”

– Josh McDowell


“If you don’t make time for your wellness,
you will be forced to make time for your illness.”

“Longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer wrote, ‘We are warned not to waste time, but we are brought up to waste our lives’… This is evident in the tragedy of many people, who in the first half of their lives, spend their health looking for wealth, and in the last half, spend their wealth looking for health.”

– Ken Boa


“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

– D.A. Carson


“…don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

– Matthew 6:34 (The Message)


“…one of the principal reasons for the escalating number of clergy members who are experiencing serious depression is the perceived inability to produce success in their ministry. It is vitally important that we as spiritual leaders recognize that we can do our very best and in fact be doing everything right and still not realize the growth and ministry expansion for which we long. When our emotional and spiritual well-being become inordinately dependent on the growth of our ministry rather than on who we are in Christ, the imbalance can create for us serious emotional problems.”

– Samuel Rima
(from Leading from the Inside Out: The Art of Self-Leadership)

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.”

– Psalm 62:5-7 (NIV)



Pictured above is a gentleman I met in Ethiopia. #MadeInGodsImage #Dignity