What do You “C” in Crisis?

What is your constant in times of chaos?

What is your contentment in times of contention?

What is your courage in times of concern?

What is certain in times of confusion?

What is your connection in times of confinement?

What is your commitment in times of challenge?

What is consistent in times of change?

What is your can-do in times of cannot?

What is your carefulness in times of carelessness?

What is your comment in times of conflict?

What is your consecration in times of consternation?

What is your compassion in times of concern?

What is your calibration in times of correction?

What is your comfort in times of calamity?

What do you “c” in times of chaos?

How you “c” changes the contemplation of your circumstances compellingly!

Words about Words

Allow me to write a few words about words.

The right word

Said at the right time

In the right place

To the right person

In the right way

And for the right purpose

(The Expository Files)

They say sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Don’t be disillusioned:

Words stick.

Words sting.

Words strengthen.

Words scar.

Words hurt,

Words heal.

Words help,

Words hinder.

Words reconcile.

Words ruin.

Words bless.

Words blister.

Words build.

Words break.

Words create.

Words corrode.

Words carry.

Words chain.

Words affect.

Words advance.

Words promote.

Words pollute.

Words amend.

Words anger.

Words inspire.

Words insult.

The choice is your’s to make. What will be your choice today? My prayer is I will often have a “word fitly spoken” (Proverbs 25:11). Words do not fade; they or falter. They can be forgiven, but seldom forgotten. They can increase faith or fear.

One word, good or bad, can change an entire day, maybe even a lifetime. I sometimes say, “I don’t have bad moods. I give them!” How stupid! I don’t want my words to shred or splinter, being accused of assault with a deadly weapon. I find myself using sarcasm as if I don’t know it means to literally shred someone’s skin. It is a sharp and satirical attempt to be funny. Who am I kidding? Would it surprise you that I’ve literally stopped writing, and found a place to pray. Someone suitably said, “The tongue has no bones, but is strong enough to break a heart.” Words are seeds that are sown. They grow gardens—either weeds or wonders.

Dr. Seuss, in his wit and wisdom wrote, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” Remember that, when you speak words.

Words challenge

Words count

Words convict

Words change

Let your words build somebody’s world today.

The Tortoise Formation

Scripture tells us God is our shield and buckler (Psalms 91:4). What’s the difference between the two? One was a hand weapon worn at the arm; used to protect from the direct hit of the enemy. The other covered or surrounded the whole body.  God is our big shield and our little one—double trouble for the adversary of our soul.

The Romans had a strong, tight formation called The Tortoise. Soldiers carried huge shields and when they did the Tortoise, they arranged themselves into a rectangle, interlocked their shields around and above them. From the outside you could only see a block of shields and maybe a myriad of eyes. With no gap in the shields, the soldiers inside the Tortoise were safe.  The formation was so tightly knit, it formed an unbroken surface, without gaps. Men could walk on the surface. Horses and chariots could ride or drive over it.

The soldiers did not stand still; neither should we.  They moved toward their enemy’s archers in a calculated and strategic development. Once they got close enough, the archers were history. Not one of those in the tortoise formation would get hurt. As Christians bind together, we get together and protect each other.

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those [believers]… [For my hope is] that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in [unselfish] b]love” (Colossians 2:1-2. AMP).

I know we can’t collect together physically in this tortoise formation. Doesn’t look like those soldiers adhered to social distancing. But, we certainly can unite in our thoughts, in spirits, in how we treat each other, and we surround each other with our prayers and love.

No wonder Michael W. Smith sings (and so should we), “This is how I fight my battles….It may look like I’m surrounded. But I’m surrounded by You.”

What’s Up with my Life

It’s been some time since I have posted anything on my blog. I’m trying to get back into the hang of things again so you should be hearing more from me. Tyler Bryant, a great friend, assisted me for years with the design of the blog. However, his heavy schedule will not permit him to continue. Thanks, Tyler, for all your help. I appreciate it much!

My days are joyfully filled with recruiting and mentoring the next generation of short-term missionaries for the United Pentecostal Church International. If I could live my life over again I would spend it as a missionary. Since that isn’t possible I’m going to spend the rest of my life mentoring others that can go. This involves being actively involved in the short-term missionary programs we have in Global Missions. There is still a big portion of the world to reach and we need to mobilize thousands of people to do it.

I’m thinking the scope and emphasis on my blog will be just that: missions mentoring.

Thanks for taking the journey with me.




Young Adults and Involvement with Global Missions by Eric Morley

Guest Post by Eric Morley

Many young adults make one of the following statements:

  • I want to be involved in Global Missions but I don’t know how
  • I feel drawn to overseas missions service, but I have no idea what to do

First, let’s get some background on how we normally get “direction” in life. 

Global Positioning System


In 1974 the U.S. Department of Defense developed and deployed what is today known as the Global Positioning System.  This system consists of approximately 30 satellites that circle the globe and can provide precise location data to users of GPS enabled devices on the ground or in the air.  During the 1970s and 1980s, the Air Force reportedly wanted to end the program, but after its success in the first Gulf War it enjoyed new popularity.  The U.S. Government opened the GPS signal up for civilian use and today it has become a mainstay of our economy and is used in everything from agricultural production, civilian aviation, car and truck navigation, the service industry, tablet computers, and cell phones. 

According to the Department of Defense, GPS is a space-based positioning, navigating, and timing.  Everyone who has used GPS to find their way knows it isn’t always a perfect process, but it removes a lot of the uncertainty and mystery of getting from point A to point B. 

That is great, but what does this have to do with missions?

Just like the GPS can provide precise data to someone on the earth enabling them to pinpoint location, heading, and direction, God’s word provides its own GPS to guide you as you seek to involve yourself in the work of missions. 

Involvement in Missions – The Missions GPS

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    • Give to Missions – God trusts people with stewardship of funds and other resources in order to enable the carrying out of missions work both here and overseas.  As soon as you have an income, make it a regular practice to give a monthly offering.
      • I Corinthians 9:14.  Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
      • Philippians 4:16-19.  For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.  But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
        • The promise of God supplying all your needs occurs because they provided for Paul’s needs
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    • Pray for Missions.  It is always in order to pray for the wellbeing and effectiveness of our missionaries and their families.  They need God’s protection, provision and assistance.  However, the Bible also gives us some specific things that we can pray for to advance the work of missions. 
      • Colossians 4:2-3.  Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
      • Luke 10:2. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
        • Laborers are needed from North America to help build up a church in the nation
        • Laborers are also needed from that nation to build an indigenous church which can then reach the people of that nation. 
    • Serve in Missions.  If you wait for the perfect time you will likely never get involved in serving in missions.  Talk to your leaders, mentors and pastors about getting more involved.  For a missions experience join a church/district/Youth Division sponsored YOM/AYC type of trip.  Go on Next Steps which is a two-month program involving 3-weeks of hands on training followed by 5-weeks of working directly with a missionary on an overseas field.  Serve as an AIMer and watch your small contribution have a major impact overseas.  But do something and see if God wants you to engage in missions service as part of your life’s efforts.   
      • Mark 16:15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
      • Matthew 28:19.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
      • Romans 10:14-15. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
      • While we need teachers and preacher, there is also a great need for encouragers, administrators, educators, music leaders, medical personnel and other assistants. Think of the examples of Barnabas and Oneisiums who were a great blessing to Paul. 

Your path to involvement doesn’t have to be confusing.  Use GPS to guide your involvement and don’t wait.


Start putting the GPS to use in your own life.