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Lighting It Up

Lighting It Up

“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” We were doing street ministry in Detroit the other day when a lady we were ministering to made an observation. She said you could tell that the neighborhood was no good because there were no Christmas lights. As we walked...
An Interesting Development

An Interesting Development

“As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” – Matthew 10:7-8 Years ago we were ministering to a young man from the streets and asked him to come to youth group. When...
Always Making Disciples

Always Making Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19 I have been a part of many discussions on various levels of ministry around the subject of discipleship. Should we have a class on it? Should we...
Abandoning Self

Abandoning Self

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4 I had to make a decision the other day that exposed a division in my...
Power 2 Love

Power 2 Love

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. – 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT) I ran across a quote the other day from my quote book that gave me pause. It said, “Perhaps the greatest hindrance to the gospel spreading today: the people of God trying to...
The Gift of U

The Gift of U

Last week I went to a fundraising banquet. There was a time for socializing, a dinner and then a nationally known speaker. It was a wonderful time. A friend of mine had invited me and got tickets for myself and one other person and, since my wife was unavailable, I asked one of our friends...
Ministry Warning

Ministry Warning

I was listening to a minister the other day and he was talking about doing the right thing with the wrong spirit and how dangerous that can be. As I reflected on that I began to see the truth in the statement. Has anyone done you a favor you knew they didn’t want to do?...
Where Is Your Dad?

Where Is Your Dad?

I was solicited the other day. It caught me off guard. I was at a convenience store in Kalamazoo scrolling through Facebook while waiting on someone and my window was down. A young lady (maybe twenty) walked up and said, “Excuse me sir, I’m trying to make a little bit of money and I was...
Help 4 Miami Ministry Needed!

Help 4 Miami Ministry Needed!

FROM BOBBY & NATALEE BLAKELY, VSM LEADERS IN LITTLE HAITI, MIAMI To Our Family & Friends, In the last seven or so months many of you have stood with us in regards to the acquisition of our home at 101 NW 47th Terrace which is primarily used for ministry to the families of NW Miami, particularly the...
Coincidence?

Coincidence?

“It so happened that Naomi had a relative by marriage, a man prominent and rich, connected with Elimelech’s family. His name was Boaz.” – Ruth 2:1 I was recently with our Miami street ministry leader and we were talking about the different ways we have learned to hear from God. We all know that we...
Praying in Brokenness

Praying in Brokenness

Walking through Detroit the other day, I realized how deeply broken the city is. There are abandoned houses everywhere. There are abandoned businesses everywhere. There are abandoned churches everywhere. There are actually entire blocks that are completely abandoned. Actually, brokenness seems to be a characteristic of many inner cities. But it got me thinking about...
Identifying Sprouts

Identifying Sprouts

I just had a birthday. This year Father’s Day and my birthday were just two days apart. I’m not big into either day. Some people are. I’m not. I usually don’t get many gifts for either day because I don’t get excited about them. At the most I get a card in the mail from...