It’s Right In Front of You!

Sometimes you have to wonder why we so easily miss it. You know, the obvious stuff that, once we see it, we wonder how we missed it in the first place! That’s why I love puzzles like “where’s Waldo” because once you see him, you can’t “unsee” him. My girls like those puzzles where you are suppose to find the hidden pictures in a larger picture, but invariably I hear this little…

You Know What They Say about Intentions

Yeah, THAT old saying! A quote from Virgil’s Aeneid says “the descent to hell is easy.” And no one ever expects their good intentions to turn out bad. That’s the “law of unintended consequences.” It seems we humans are better at coming up with witty quotes than we are at avoiding the mistakes of  our “good intentions” gone bad. But why is that? Nobody ever thinks their intentions are actually harmful. Most…

Thank You!

Thank you! We are 1/3 of the way to our End of the Year Goal of $10,000 to launch us into 2018 strong and ready to Develop a New Video Series Do some much needed improvement on our web presence Do some much needed Graphic Design work to support local parishes in using our teaching materials! Have you participated in the End of the Year Giving Campaign? Your one time gift here…

Protection from a Shallow Life

There is something powerful about appreciation. But there is something insidious about seeking appreciation. What a fine line it is to encourage the good virtue of gratefulness and acknowledging the gifts of others on one side and the ego serving self centeredness of demanding recognition. I think of this struggle every time I see a brass plaque on a donated item at the church! What is it about the subtle dangers of…

Easy to Misunderstand

I know, I know, I should be more patient, but I confess a deep sense of frustration when I’m trying to explain how to get the wifi to work to someone. It’s so simple and yet, they don’t get it! Of course, I remind them, it’s not that easy explaining it to you when you’re three states away from me! Why is it we humans struggle with understanding certain things about life,…

Do Not Be Ashamed

It was a bit of a surprise to me. In fact, it was such an unexpected revelation about myself that I am still processing this information to this day. I was embarrassed. You see, I have never had a hard time being in front of a lot of people. It was just never much of a problem for me. In fact, I kind of enjoyed it. So, imagine my surprise when I…

Your Redemption is Near!

OK, so, the store started putting out decorations for Christmas around Halloween! Subtle signs that the gift buying season was approaching and letting us know we better get to it if we were going to get all that cool stuff to give as presents at Christmas. And, as usual, the stories of many who were upset that the Christmas decorations were out “too early” for their tastes and “why can’t they wait…

Obey? Seriously?

“I’m their leader! Which way did they go?” I have a cap with two bills on it, one in the front and one in the back with that slogan on it. It’s funny because it’s so often true. Leadership is always such a rewarding and challenging calling. In fact, if you could get most leaders to share their deepest and most honest feelings, you would find that most leaders feel quite inadequate…

Featured Author at Ancient Faith Store!

Fr. Barnabas is the December Featured Author at Ancient faith Store! So, go to http://store.ancientfaith.com/meet-the-author and read the interview they have with Fr. Barnabas. In the story you’ll hear what motivates Fr. Barnabas to do the work here at Faith Encouraged Ministries and some exciting plans for the future and new media ministry tools we want to produce. Of course this all depends on the Lord’s blessings and YOUR support! Have you…