James H. McConkey relates a very helpful incident, bearing upon this question. “Shortly after the Civil War a Northern woman came the South to visit some friends. She stopped at a little wayside hotel for entertainment. There she was waited on by a colored woman who had been a slave. The service was careless, listless, and inattentive. As this went on, the Northern woman became nettled. Finally she burst out

(pardon the candid post today; enjoy) Since stuff gets stuck, today I had to make my way to the local Wal-Mart and purchase a plunger. Don’t judge: “it” happens. Of course I checked out through the self-checkout lane and tried my best to walk briskly and keep my head down when headed from aisle 9 in the back to the front. As I returned to my car, I was englightened to a

  The Power of the Question:  The power of a question is timeless yet often underrated. Rabbis in the Jewish culture used questions to reveal obvious conclusions and sometimes not so obvious hypocrisy. Questions create space for answers. When questions remain unasked, there is no cup to fill. Questions are like that; empty vessels demanding to be filled.  The enemy understand this well. This is why the enemy interviewed Jesus in the desert and

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink— even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk— it’s all free!” Isaiah 55:1  Thirst. The one word that describes the parched soul of humanity more than all others.  If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know that weakness and weariness accompany it’s presence. “I’m thirsty!” A desperate declaration of dependancy. I’m convinced that children all over the world are in on a conspiracy called

Let me ask you a question. When’s the last time someone or something poked you in the eye? There’s nothing quite like having someone’s fat finger or protruding headpiece swing around and… well, poke you right in the retina. The outcome is predictable.  Involuntarily closure of the eye lids and  tears begin to flow. Vision is blurred and sight is temporarily lost. The vulnerability of those few moments is hard to explain,

https://vimeo.com/145572832Video can’t be loaded: Project Manchay (https://vimeo.com/145572832) In a small neighborhood of approximately 100,000 people on the outskirts of Lima is a desert community called Manchay. (pronounced monchy) Fear is the meaning of the word in the Peruvian dialect of Quechua. Without resources and without hope, Manchay and it’s very young constituency is a forgotten part of the beautiful city of Lima, Peru.  We are hoping to change this reality.  On December

A friend of mine posted this music video on his Facebook wall and it’s so good I couldn’t help but share it with you. I am very interested in helping the children of Afghanistan, and therefore, I naturally took the time to watch it, and was blown away once again with the beautiful nation of Afghanistan. I also love the title and lyrics to Ryan Keen’s powerful reminder that humans

I want to thank Ryan and Selena from FierceMarriage.com for their relentless inspiration in the domain of marriage. I also want to encourage my subscribers to check out their blog and resources on a regular basis. It takes work and wisdom to build and sustain a fierce marriage, but it’s worth every ounce of energy. May the Lord bless and breathe on the covenants we have made before him. Grateful, Josh

“Faithfully to fill the present is your only security for the future.” ~ Andrew Murray How many days are we capable of living at once? I know it’s a rhetorical question, but for me, it’s an important one. In my world of church planting in the third world nation of Peru, I am often tempted to get the proverbial cart before the horse. It’s so tempting to allow the fear

Thanks for taking time to watch our short launch video. We are seeing God’s love make a difference in hearts and homes. We are so honored to be a part of what Jesus is doing in South America and the entire world. Our vision is simple: Light a LAMP in the heart of the worlds 16th largest city that the lost may be found. We believe that when there is