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March 3, 2017 by Christine Hoover | Flourish - Ministry Wives
When we moved to Charlottesville to plant a church, we knew one person—our realtor. Then we met our neighbors who, when we cheerfully explained why we'd moved in, stared at us as if we were from another planet. Apparently, church planting was going to be harder than I'd envisioned. It was. We...
February 27, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China. I don’t know who it was. It must have been a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing and God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward. And God said – 'Well, she’s willing.' ” —Gladys Aylward,...
February 23, 2017 by Katie Orr | Flourish - Ministry Wives
In a small town outside Selma, Alabama, shortly after my dad graduated high school in 1960, my grandparents received a knock at the back door. Several men stood on the doorstep. I don't know every word that was said that evening, but I am painfully aware of these—"If I fill up your car with gas,...
February 20, 2017 by Beth Holmes | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Have you heard the old joke that ministry would be great if it weren’t for all the people? Be honest, have you ever thought this was true? You don’t have to be in ministry for long to realize just how personal this life is. We work with people—sinful, fallen, imperfect people. We work with...
February 16, 2017 by Lori McDaniel | Flourish - Ministry Wives
I’m plagued with a burden that I’ve played it too safe. And what’s even more dangerous, I fear I may have led others to play it safe as well. The heaviness was fueled as I sat on a dirt floor listening to 15 Asian women—one by one—tell how they had shared the gospel. Each said something like, “I...
February 14, 2017 by Kathy Ferguson Litton | Flourish - Ministry Wives
As we conclude this series on True Bravery, we end with the ultimate factor that produces our willingness to be brave. If this feature isn’t present in us, we may never demonstrate courage, bravery or conviction. What is it? Vulnerability. The word vulnerability is trending in most conversations...
February 9, 2017 by Katie Orr | Flourish - Ministry Wives
There are many examples of bravery in the Bible. Esther. Moses. Ruth. Joseph. Rahab. Paul. The list goes on, and it's tempting for me (as one who likes her checklists) to look at each example and attempt to create a bravery profile; gather up all the goodness from each valiant story and implement...
February 7, 2017 by Annie B Garman | Flourish - Ministry Wives
Lately, I have felt the opposite of strong and courageous, so when I was asked to write about this topic, I was all ears. I knew writing would force me into God’s Word about the subject, and boy, did I need a refresher. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,...

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