August 2020: The Year of Others “Servant”

by Open Gate Ministries

   Upon entering the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, one is confronted by a stained-glass window whose central panel bears the inscription “To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.” In light of the circumstances we now face it is foremost on my mind how to serve those that are in need. Some, especially […]

June 2020 Prayer Emphasis: Government

by Open Gate Ministries

Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”    When we have an authority over us that is righteous, we are made glad. Wickedness grieves the hearts of men. Our world is filled […]

What Pleases God?

by Open Gate Ministries

Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”    What does a Christian life look like? I have heard that question in my pastoral life numerous times and have found answering it both difficult and even embarrassing. Difficult because it is a […]

December Advent

by Open Gate Ministries

The Word Made Flesh / St. John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Became flesh. Belief in the pre-existent Christ is a deep struggle for some Christians.  The […]

Year of Prayer November / Renewal

by Open Gate Ministries

2 Corinthians 4:1 “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart”    The scriptures, unfortunately, are often misunderstood because of the segmenting of the text. Remember the epistle was written as a letter. It was not written with chapter and verse. We must be careful to watch for words […]

Wisdom Prayer

by Open Gate Ministries

Psalm 118:33-40 MSG Wisdom Prayer  God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—my whole life one long, obedient response.    It doesn’t take very long for every Christian to pray this prayer. God, teach me!  I am notorious for my […]