RMPP Blog

We're All Busy

Have you ever looked at your calendar and seen so many commitments, appointments, and opportunities scheduled that you begin to feel overwhelmed? Maybe you feel like last week was like that, or the last few months, or perhaps even longer than that. I believe that it is during such busy seasons that we all need to remind ourselves to make spiritual nourishment a priority.

When we put off…

Don't Give Up!

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” 
Deuteronomy 4:29

There have been times in my life when I was not seeking God with all of my heart, but only partially, or out of duty. Those were not the most exciting times of fellowship with God. The relationship was distant as I hardly engaged in…

Overcoming Shame

So let’s do it - full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big day approaching.
Hebrews 10:22-25 (The Message)

The Light

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” - Isaiah 9:2

The Christmas season has come and gone again, just as it does year after year. As always, it's a great reminder for us that we are not able to save ourselves, and that we need a Savior who can help us walk more and more into the light.

When…

A Dangerous Disconnect

Many of us would probably admit to being addicted to our phones and understand the need to disconnect from time to time. As I get older, I am learning of the necessity to periodically disconnect from such things as social media, internet access, work, etc., so as to get a chance to rest, recharge and refresh myself. When we see the word "disconnect" within this context, we can all agree that it…

Developing Respect

Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something that is considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities; and it is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings. In Thai society it is expected to pay a lot of respect to people. The respect…

Healthier Relationships How?

When I first moved overseas I needed to learn a new language. As I learned the ins and outs of reading, writing and speaking this foreign language, I encountered many moments of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I soon learned, however, that miscommunication and misunderstanding aren't unique to learning foreign languages; they are potential stumbling blocks for everyone, everywhere, even for…

Becoming A Better Listener

Hearing refers to the sounds that enter your ears. It is a physical process that, provided you do not have any hearing problems, happens automatically. Listening, however, requires...

Quick Fixes

As I look back on my life, I can see that many times I would try to apply a quick fix to spiritual issues. I would always get excited by the latest book that would promise something along the lines of “40-Days to Purity”, or “6-Months to Freedom”, etc. Part of what excited me about books like these is that I was attracted to the promise of a quick fix in no time at all.  In 40-days I will never…

Slinging Mud

When I was a kid I remember playing in the dirt and mud with my Tonka trucks. Those times were fun because there was something great about getting dirty. I also remember that sometimes my friends and I would have mud fights, and while I valiantly tried to win the "war" by escaping mudsling after mudsling, I often came home covered in mud. Today I no longer play with trucks in the mud with friends…