Earning versus Effort

Dear Windermere Friends, My Pastor loves this quote – “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.” -Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship There is no way we can earn God’s favor….yet, we must be willing to give our greatest effort. If we ever think we deserve…

Vision and Problems

Dear Windermere Friends, In his book, Church Unique, Will Mancini says the most often over looked aspect of vision is this – a vision is to answer a compelling problem. This how a vision can give momentum to organizations. It drives our goals and creates alignment to overcome the problem. Windermere can be a place to find…

The Cost of Ministry

Dear Windermere Friends, My last eleven months at Windermere has been like swinging on a trapeze without a safety net. Ministry that makes a difference can be that way,no safety net and yet God provides the miracles. Have you heard the story of William Borden? I love a good missionary story! He was from the…

I am Thankful

Dear Windermere Friends, I have a friend, Richard, who really motivates me. He said this in a book he wrote, “Average people become thankful people by expressing thanks.” Simple and true. I really need to say thank you more often. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says this, “gives thanks in all things.” The Apostle Paul says to…

Second Chances

Dear Windermere Friends, I stopped short in my Bible reading devotion. I was re-reading the book of Jonah. I stopped at Jonah 3:1- “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.”  I don’t know about you but I sure do need a second chance. Probably daily. This verse shows up after…