Listening for Leaders

Ministry has its challenges. As a leader in a Women’s Ministry, I could not get out of my own way. In my zeal to serve and get the job done, I misunderstood my task. The job was not done correctly, feelings got hurt, the blame game ensued, and I felt broken and useless. Why?

Missionary Pastor Celebrates 100th Birthday

They say age is only a number. And they would be correct given the opportunity to meet 100-year-old Pastor Joseph Francis Penn. Saturday, April 22— a perfect Spring day— 150 friends and family members, including Joe’s 97-year-old-brother, Dan gathered for a celebration few of us can say we’ve attended or ever will attend.

Charles Livingston – Free Indeed

“Mrs. Livingston, you’ll never see your son walk the streets of Columbia again.” The words rang in Carrie Livingston’s ears as Dick Harpootlian, then Deputy Circuit Solicitor, stood before the court, asking the jury to convict her 32-year-old son for murders he didn’t commit.

And now, I’d like to say a few words to my fears

By Joe McKeever “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you” (Psalm 116:7). Fears crop up from time to time. They co-exist right alongside my...

Thy Will Be Done

Standing in the driveway looking up at the full moon recently, I had difficulty seeing any stars because of the brightness of that larger light. Psalm 8 came to...

The Relationship Between Emotional Maturity and Spiritual Maturity

Peter Scazzero, the founder of New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, stated, “Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while...

A New Year’s Revolution

From Joe McKeever's Blog My New Year’s revolution: “To Abide” Posted on January 1, 2016 by Joe “Abide in Me and I in you” (John 15:4). Resolve….resolution. Revolve…revolution. “I am the vine; you are the branches.  He who...

Five Facts about Prayer

Prayer: He has taken all the work out of it! By Pastor Joe McKeever Your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask Him. –Matthew 6:8 We would all like...

Leading like our Greatest Leader

Pentecost is the story of the birth of the church. But, if one went by the reading from Acts 2, one would imagine that the birth of the Church...

Watching Souls Depart

I drove past the Hospice unit with my blinker flashing, planning to turn in and check on a congregant. It’s funny how quickly a habit becomes ingrained; he had...
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Trapped in the dark prison of his own bedroom, unable to move, speak, eat, drink or breathe on his own, Bill Sweeney is reflecting the brilliant light and hope of Jesus Christ all over the world through the slight movements of his eyeballs and a computer

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Healthy Strawberry Banana Popsicles

The melody of the ice cream truck coming down our street always found us kids begging Mom for something cool on a hot summer day. The sweet treats found on the truck were not so nutritious, but fun all the same. Here’s an alternative that includes good-for-you ingredients. You will just have to hum your own tune as you open the freezer.