Are You The Good Neighbor?
At the age of eleven, I moved to Haiti and lived in a remote village by the sea. While there, I learned a great deal about the value of community. I remember walking to the shoreline and helping villagers pull in the fishing net. This process was a key source of food for Haitians—and it wasn’t possible without community. […]
The Narrow and Wide Gate
There are two different paths and gates described in God’s Word. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14). […]
Have I Not Commanded You?
After the time of Moses, God spoke to Joshua with these words, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). […]
His Grace is More Than Enough
Do you know anyone who is suffering? Some people have asked, “Is God good? Is He powerful? Does He exist?” Since sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, there is suffering. […]
The Distracted Life
Do you live a distracted life? I know I do. More than ever I’m finding my schedule can pull me in many directions, and my attention is being tugged at nonstop. […]
Our Greatest Hope
During the weeks leading up to Easter, we naturally reflect upon the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. Personally, it’s a time when I reexamine my own faith and commitment to God. […]
Our Father Who Art in Heaven
In 1976 I was a 15-year-old sophomore at West Boylston High School. My English teacher, Mr. Kendall, caught me cheating on an exam and gave me an F grade. Then, I missed two exams, and by April I ended up in a situation where I was going to have to repeat sophomore English. […]
The Mark of Love
I greet you with a holy kiss. Romans 16:16 instructs us to greet our brothers and sisters in Christ with a holy kiss. Isn’t it strange how we read the Word, and believe it is God speaking to us, but then conclude that things have changed, and it is not really relevant today? […]
When I look at the life of Jesus, I admire His discipline and dependence on prayer. When it comes to prayer, communicating to God was even the utmost priority for Jesus. He knew the importance to pray first. […]
Peace to You
The Christmas holiday is a holiday of peace. Luke 2:8-14 speaks of peace when the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds: […]
Getting Alone with God
God always gets His man alone. All of the stories in the Bible tell of someone getting alone with God. Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Jacob—even Jesus would get alone with God. One of my favorite stories from the Bible is that of Elijah alone in a cave after calling down fire on Mount Carmel. […]
How Can We Honor Children?
Recently, I read an article which stated that children become more emotionally intelligent if they have a close relationship with their grandparents. How many grandparents are on a mission to care for their grandchildren? I am grateful for my parent’s mission to my four children. […]
Are You Too Old or Too Young?
My father was 49 years old when he finally moved to Haiti full-time. You’re not too old for God to use you and you’re not too young, either. At the age of 65 my father moved to the Dominican Republic—having a recent diagnosis of cancer just prior to starting a new work across the North Coast of Sosua. What are you waiting for? […]
The Fruit of the Spirit
We need to abide in the vine in order to produce the fruit of the Spirit. I have been feeding my soul with worship music, teaching materials, and I’m also listening to a lot of books. I really feel the need to have written material in front of me in order to meditate upon the truths of God. Yes, I am also reading the Bible. I have the Bible on audio, but still enjoying reading the Bible from an actual hard copy. This way I can highlight certain truths and quickly find these truths again in the future. […]
A Tribute to Charlie DiPietro on his 100th birthday
My grandfather, Charlie DiPietro, was born May 30, 1918, in Readville, Massachusetts. Shortly afterwards, his parents bought a 100-acre farm in West Boylston. My grandparents moved to Cambridge during World War II where he found work. Just across the Charles River bridge, they attended Boston Christian Assembly. […]
Like Father, Like Son
On the Leogane Plain in Haiti, Pastor Richard Gay has served God for 25 years as pastor and school director at the New Missions Academy in Masson. When we were at his school a few weeks ago, he said to me, “This is my son”—with a smile reminding me of God the Father to His son, Jesus (“I am well-pleased”). […]
Lessons from Mom
For as long as I can remember, my mother has been known as a “mother to many” besides her own children. She even introduces other people as her sons and daughters. I am honored to share my mom with the world. More importantly, I am grateful for how many love my mom, too.
All of us need a complete deliverance in our lives from anything holding us down. I believe some Christians are content with a partial deliverance. They are not fully walking in victory. [...]
Loving the Unlovable
There is an old fashioned lumber company in my neighborhood where we buy a lot of materials. After you place your order inside with a clerk, you drive out back to a yard filled with sheds and racks where they store all the building materials. [...]