A few years ago we made plans to go to a music conference just outside of Chicago. I was born and raised in a small suburb outside the city and I decided that I would take my family to see the various houses where I grew up. As the weekend approached I was so excited. My thoughts were filled with remembrances of how each house looked from the street, the various bedrooms that I called mine, and the fun I had playing in each front and back yard. The day had arrived......
Several years ago while praying during a worship service I heard the Lord say to me, “encouragement is the language of Heaven.” As I meditated on what He had spoken to me during the weeks that followed, I came to realize that this was a true statement. During my tenure in ministry I participated in, and was the object of something very different. So I embarked on a journey to “Repent” (change my thinking – and acting and turn around). I began to discover that real discipleship really was all about encouraging......