Author: William Worrell

Reflections of Christmas

by William Worrell Have you ever held a shiny Christmas ball and seen your reflection on its side? Sure, everyone has! This is the time of the year when joy and goodwill bubbles to the surface of just about everyone you meet. This is the season people will actually speak to you on the street. The no talking sign is turned off in elevators, and the reigns on the billfold and pocketbook are held just a little less secure. People will give freely to friends, family and the less fortunate. For two thousand years ago gifts were given to...

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Having Compassion, Making A Difference

by William Worrell As God’s children and when we are born again, we receive His genetic nature by faith. II Peter 1:1-2. If we let the cross and the power of His blood have their way, they will transform our nature. But it takes time. Over time the nature we inherited from our parents will decrease and His nature will increase in us. Because of this transformation in our nature we naturally see things differently than before. Our desires naturally are harmonized with His. Jesus said: “I only do those things I see the Father do”. His father and He were one in nature therefore Jesus was able to see like His Father. As a human, the question is how Jesus did this while living His life here. One key phrase that gives us a clue is that the “Holy Spirit strengthens what is of Him”. By that I mean, what is of His character and His desires. The Holy Spirit will give you the strength for His purposes. Like Jesus we must find what He wants and do that, not just invoke His blessing on what we desire. In the early years before our nature is fully transformed, there is oftentimes a big gap between what we desire and what He desires. TAKING ON HIS NATURE The process goes something like this. Early we find that His nature...

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Stretch Your Cords

by William Worrell Great coaches know just how to draw the best out of their players. And there is not one person who has been involved with athletics that have not heard “Come on! You can do better than that. Put yourself in to it. Extend yourself!” Well, we hear Father God speaking similar words over in Isaiah 54:2, “Enlarge the place of your tent extend the curtains of your dwelling, do not hold back, length your cords.”How can we tell if Father God did this himself? That’s easy! Just look over your head at the stars in the sky. When HE created the universe He made it so it keeps growing! That’s the mark of a master of leadership: They model what they want you to do! And He expects us to extend our tent cords too! Yet before we go there a word on church history. Sadly, the church of the 21st century is really no better off than it was in century 1. Why? There is very little extending of tent pegs. Oh we grow from home meetings to portable churches and finally to a body with its own house we term a “church”. Yet here is the problem. Jesus command was very simple. It was for us to: GO! Into all the world…not to stay behind the walls of our fort and castle many term...

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Breaking The Boundaries Of The Possible!

by William Worrell Pablo Picasso once said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” After having executed tens of thousands of art works, he became the most famous artist of the 20th century. His productivity was unmatched. Having established his mastery of traditional art, he set out and executed groundbreaking abstract paintings such as “Guemica” But first, lets drop back for a moment. While preparing for this article, I was directed to research the word “enemy” And the more I read, the answer emerged: Routine is the enemy of art. Routine is the status quo. Routine is the traditional. Routine is the norm. Routine is stale. Routine is the set boundary. However, art is the new. Art is fresh. Art is that which shatters the norm. And with this in mind, we can hear the words of Picasso echoing “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist!” As children, we learned to color inside the lines, sometimes tracing the borders and then shading the space within—obediently adhering to the established boundaries. Paul Johansson—friend today yet Dean of Students years ago at Elim Bible Institute—once regaled me with a story regarding his children. While living in New York City, they lived adjacent to alleyways. Which could prove quite dangerous. Therefore, he told the kids they could play...

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We Were Meant To Be

by William Worrell Pastor Tim Lambert smiled at me and asked, “Well…Are you ready?” And I nodded yes. It was time to enter the sanctuary. We took our places on the platform and gazed out at the congregation of smiling faces. Then, the wedding song began. And the most lovely of ladies began to walk down the aisle. And for a brief moment, I was “time traveling.” It was another July day. At another wedding. It was July 19th of 1980. And two 28 year olds were making the leap into matrimony. And the most beautiful woman I have ever seen was walking down the aisle coming towards me. Truly, an angel dressed in white. We made it thru the wedding. Then thru the reception. And we were finally alone. Two wonderfully happy people. And before we knew it, we were having our first anniversary. And seemingly over night, Anne was telling me we were going to have a baby. Nine months flew by presenting us with a daughter. Later, we had a son. The joy was quickly exchanged for child academy. No. Not a school for the children but rather the school of life for mom and dad in learning child rearing skills. Don’t get me wrong. We have the best kids in the world. As the years pass, the challenges of life increased. Every couple is faced...

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