Finding Joy in Marriage

Walking in His Footsteps with Tom Rice

Last Monday, I got to connect with Tom Rice of Great Marriages for Sheboygan County (Sue wasn’t feeling her best, but she chimed in a couple times 😃 ), sharing wisdom and experience from 53 years of finding joy in marriage!

Tom & Sue Rice on their wedding day (a few years ago) — I’m sure it feels like yesterday!
Tom & Sue Rice on their wedding day (a few years ago) — I’m sure it feels like yesterday! 🙂 

TONIGHT, 7-9 PM Central, I’ll get to chat with our disciple-making friend Liz Kohli ~ greater Milwaukee area team leader for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement! How Is God at work around the world? How can we be a part?

Tune in live at Praydio.com!

You can catch videos of past episodes here:

Footprints from a beach out onto the sea

Kingdom Impact in Your Community

Walking in His Footsteps with Gerrylynn Ferguson

On Monday, I had the great honor to chat with two dear friends: Myles Hanson & Gerrylynn Ferguson!

The second hour with Gerrylynn Ferguson, we focused on making a kingdom impact in our communities.

Gerrylynn also shared insights on clarifying God’s call for your life and how to leave a lasting legacy in your community:

THIS Monday, Oct. 26, 7-9 PM Central Time, I’ll have Tom & Sue Rice of Great Marriages for Sheboygan County, sharing their wisdom and experience from 50 years of a joyful marriage!

Tom & Sue Rice on their wedding day (a few years ago) — I’m sure it feels like yesterday!
Tom & Sue Rice on their wedding day (a few years ago) —
I’m sure it feels like yesterday! 🙂 

Tune in live at Praydio.com!

You can catch videos of past episodes here:

Aerial photo of a neighborhood in Haiti
Aerial photo of a neighborhood in Haiti
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Walking in His Footsteps on Praydio.com

In 2020, I began hosting a new radio show called Walking in His Footsteps on Praydio.com!

Mondays, 7-9 PM Central Time

The first hour, we focus on stories of how God is at work in our lives and in our world, interspersed with inspirational music.

The second hour, we share bite-sized, actionable training content to help us grow as disciples of Jesus who make disciples that multiply!

Here are some of our Walking in His Footsteps guests:


~Oct. 12, Kurt Olson of the International Disciple Making Initiative ~ what are the marks of a true disciple?
~Oct. 19, Myles Hanson & Gerrylynn Ferguson — the power of encouragement & community partnerships!
~Oct. 26, Tom & Sue Rice with Great Marriages — the joy of a Jesus-centered marriage!

~Nov. 2, Liz Kohli with Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
~Nov. 9, Jim Egli of New Generations
Disciple Making Movements around the world
~Nov. 16, Ross Nelson — intercessory prayer that births movements!
~Nov. 23, Dave & Rennie Garda of Cadre
real life disciple-making friendships
~Nov. 30, Christine Jacobs — effective prayer & spiritual warfare

~Dec. 7, Bill Marris of Circuit Rider Ministries —
Looking thru Jewish Eyes: the Christmas Story Revisited
~Dec. 14, Avi in Israel —
Finding Jesus in the Jewish Feasts
~Dec. 21, Roy Schwarcz of Chosen People Ministries
Without Hanukkah, There Would Be No Christmas
~Dec. 28, Dr. Walter Kaiser
Jewish Roots of our Faith in Jesus

~Jan. 4, Jim Corbett of the Family Rescue Campaign
The Wonder of Covenant with God & Others
~January 11, 18, 25, Q&A with Dr. Walt Kaiser — Women in Ministry Matters, Treasures from the Old Testament, Prayer & Revival

You can catch videos of past episodes here:

We’d love to have you tune in for new episodes and re-runs of Walking in His Footsteps on Praydio.com!

footprints left in the sand
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God-incidences: Right Here, Right Now

What if coincidences are really God-incidences?

The scenes from Esther’s life recorded in chapters 5-7 of her book illustrate the power of a praying woman and God’s ability to turn even the most dire circumstances around for His glory and the good of His people!

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Incredible Faith – Noah

What does faith look like? In fact, what in the world is it?

~Is it something etherial that’s near impossible to wrap our arms around?
~Is it just superstition, something we muster up in an attempt to be spiritual?


Or is it something quite powerful that we can experience, express, and walk out every day?

If you know me, you probably know my answer.

Hebrews 11 is chock full of examples of people who lived, loved, and walked by faith!

Today, I got to share a message about one of these everyday people, who lived with incredible faith, and how faith changed his life, his family, and the course of human history…

Artwork: “The Celebration” by Tom duBois

Hebrews 11 is chock full of examples of people who lived, loved, and walked by faith!

What stands out most to you from the story of Noah and his family?

How will you apply these discoveries in your life? Who will you share with?

Deal in extremes

It wouldn’t be helpful to anyone involved to go into all the details of where the content of these posts originated and how they came to us.  In rough sketch, they were intercepted on the dark web.  If it wasn’t for a friend who works in cyber security, we probably would’ve never stumbled upon them.

Our friend felt that these posts were important enough, even potentially helpful, for us to be aware of that he passed them on…

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“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. The sort of script which is used in this book can be very easily obtained by anyone who has once learned the knack; but ill-disposed or excitable people who might make a bad use of it shall not learn it from me.”

~Clive Staples Lewis, Screwtape Letters



To Whom It May Concern:

As I currently find myself on a leave of absence of unspecified length, I have chosen to make the most productive use of my time by typing and circulating my thoughts.  

I post this open letter in hopes that I will increase the girth of not just my waistline but my influence, during this strategic season of my career.  

Through many decades of practicing my profession, I have learned quite a few tips and tricks of the trade.  I trust these principles will prove invaluable to those less experienced and less effective than I at shepherding souls toward the greater light—which some have so ignorantly called the darkness

Out with the old in with the new

An important update that I feel impressed to announce is that our organization has ceased use of the term “patient” and instead has replaced it with the more desirable designation “client.”  

After all, who would feel honored to know she is referred to as a patient?

It brings to mind the poking, prodding, and all manner of procedures that often accompany unpleasant medical tests.  Of course, while you and I may think fondly of such torturous treatments, most of our clients do not.

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In a very real sense, we are here to please.  And so we must update our language as the higher-ups deem compulsory.  This serves both to address the changing tide of societal norms and to shift the sands of popular opinion in our favor.  

We do have a responsibility to do both after all.

We influence environmental conditions, inspire value systems, and establish human partners, which will instigate people movements toward our liking.  We also respond gleefully at times to the downward trends that the mass of humanity chooses entirely for themselves.

People do so often make deliciously destructive choices that propel them in our direction like swine over a cliff.

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Tangentially, another deterrent of the word “patient” is its similarity to the term “patience.”  Though for different reasons, “patience” too is quite loathsome—both by virtue of its inherent power and how often it is asked of our Enemy, as in:

“I pray for more patience…”

How perverse!

Instead, our organization has wisely opted for the term “client.”  A memo has gone out to all high-ranking supervisors, which prominent department heads like myself had clearance to access.  And we have been charged to instruct our subordinates—those of lower rank such as I assume yourself—to amend our language immediately.

Lest you stumble over our specific choice of words, you will do well to observe that our work is as much art as it is science.

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We do tend to deal in extremes.  Here is what I mean in 4 bite-sized points

Lest you stumble over our specific choice of words, you will do well to observe that our work is as much art as it is science.

1. Of course, it is useful to encourage a client toward viewing the world amorphously (think: The Blob).  


The less aware they are of a grander story, purpose, and connection in their lives, the more likely they will tend toward hopelessness, depression, and the insatiable pursuit of that which temporarily quiets their inner pangs for greater meaning.

2. If you cannot inspire a client toward viewing the world in extreme shades of gray, absolute black-and-white thinking can serve our purposes just as well.


Ensure your client is unable to see from another’s point of view and is fully entrenched in opinions he has held for as long as he can remember.  This will near guarantee his inability to learn, grow, or discover so-called truths that might pull him toward maturity and out of your tender, loving grasp.

3. Whether a client has an excessively fluid or intensely rigid view of the world, their denial of the tensions between most truths in life will lead them to a discomfort with themselves, others, and ultimately with the Enemy.

This will leave them no choice but to pursue numbing activities to lessen their perception of pain and the inevitable approach of their impending death—which cannot come soon enough from our perspective.

Sometimes their self-medicating will take the form of addictive behaviors that you are well aware of, such as substance abuse, sexual extremes, or overeating—to name a few.  However, equally powerful can be more subtle workaholic tendencies, religious extremism, or compulsion toward a certain brand of do-gooding.

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4. If there is a road to be driven on, ensure your client falls into the ditch on one side or the other.  

This will keep her from safely arriving at a destination dangerously nearer the Enemy and the values of his realm.

Ensure your client either is so busy with what he deems important pursuits that he has no time for rest and quickly wears out like a threadbare garment.  Or conversely, that he so gives himself to leisurely pursuits that he slowly eats, drinks, amuses, and sleeps himself to an early death.

If there is a road to be driven on, ensure your client falls into the ditch on one side or the other. 

For those already given to religion…

Now, I will address those working with clients who are already religious.  

Ensure traditional and sacramental types are so off put by the evangelical claim to have a personal knowledge of God that they give themselves all the more fully to the ornamental and superficial.  

Ensure the self-proclaimed evangelical so emphasizes his “personal relationship” with the Enemy that he neglects meaningful connection with others and becomes all but deaf to the cries of the world around him.

Keep them all focused on buildings and budgets, dollars and donors, nickels and noses.

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Ensure neither camp opens the Enemy’s dastardly Book.

If by chance you fail in this regard, and they are somehow exposed to its words, ensure they glance at it only ritually or out of obligation.  Discourage any sense of expectation to hear from the Enemy, or perhaps worse, to apply what is read in their daily lives.

The more lifeless the Book can appear to them the better.  The collection of copies upon copies in various versions and styles will be just fine, as long as they all remain largely untouched, unread, and dusty on some high, hard-to-reach shelf.  Even an occasional display copy on the coffee table is just fine, as long as it goes unnoticed like a forgotten carving in the woodwork.

Discourage any sense of expectation to hear from the Enemy, or perhaps worse, to apply what is read in their daily lives.

The dustier this Book remains the better.

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It goes without saying that electronic versions are permissible, as long as they remain unread and forgotten once downloaded.  Ensure they don’t discover the ease of accessing the Book on mobile devices.  If by chance they do, ensure alerts pull their attention to other pursuits, which I like to call delectable distractions.

Abounding busyness is sure to set in again soon.

In short, keep your clients blissfully unaware, as they slowly lull themselves to sleep with the hum and whir of their many machines.

Ever Yours, a True Expert,

Preptor Sophresh,

Distinguished Former Department Head, Messenger of Light Inc.

(Currently furloughed. Seeking contract work. References available upon request.)

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Keep your clients blissfully unaware, as they slowly lull themselves to sleep with the hum and whir of their many machines.

From Generation to Generation ~ Reflections of the Image of God

I’ve been moved in recent days to prayer and intentional action related to racism and multi-ethnic reconciliation.

My conviction is rooted in my belief that every person is created in the image of God and my broken heart over recent injustices, which has led me to reflect on a pattern of systematic injustices that have happened in our country over many decades.

I am praying King Jesus will bring healing to our communities as His people become first responders with His compassion.

I shared a message on May 24, 2020 for our Oakwood community called “From Generation to Generation” from Psalm 78 as part of our series called Reflections on the image of God.

I am praying King Jesus will bring healing to our communities as His people become first responders with His compassion.

Though this message wasn’t specifically focused on racism, the topic of multi-ethnic reconciliation is so important for us to engage in together in light of the image of God!

For those from a majority culture who are struggling to track with current conversations about racism and reconciliation:

I wonder if it would put things into perspective if we applied the same line of reasoning that some use to dismiss this important issue to other matters of justice and ministry that you may be passionate about like suicide prevention, mental health support, human trafficking, homelessness, ministry to those with special needs, or elder care.

How would you feel if every concern you raised was quickly dismissed, excuses were made, and the subject was changed?

“Others might have that attitude but not me!”

“It’s a victim mentality, looking for handouts!”

“It’s all politicized! Haven’t we heard enough bad news on this topic?”

There’s no place for dismissive comments like these in such an important conversation.

What if instead we listened to understand (instead of to respond)?

What if we sought to see from beyond the eyes of others and to take a walk in their shoes?

It seems to me: intentional conversations and proactive steps are needed to address vital issues of justice in our world like these. Right responses flow from rightly held values of love for God and love for others who are made in His image.

How does your relationship with God affect the way you love and interact with others?

Does believing that all people are created in the image of God change the way you view others who are different than you?

Right responses flow from rightly held values of love for God and love for others who are made in His image.

Prayer as a Way of Life: Pray & Pray With…

It was a sweet blessing to host this Groups Connection Coaching Huddle with Darnell Robinson of the Milwaukee House of Prayer.

This conversation about the power of prayer strikes me as so relevant to this moment in history! Especially at times like these, it’s essential that we develop a prayerfully dependent way of life and learn to be led by Holy Spirit.

Especially at times like these, it’s essential that we develop a prayerfully dependent way of life and learn to be led by Holy Spirit.

I was struck by Darnell and Donna’s teachable, humble hearts and their obedience to Jesus, even when it cost them…

What stands out most to you? How are you developing rhythms of personal and corporate prayer in this unique season?

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Our Father Loves Online Church

It wouldn’t be helpful to anyone involved to go into all the details of where the content of this post originated and how it came to us.  In a rough sketch, it was intercepted on the dark web.  If it wasn’t for a friend who works in cyber security, we probably would’ve never stumbled upon this.

Our friend felt that these posts were important enough, even potentially helpful, for us to be aware of that he passed them on

I am issuing this immediate bulletin, because I feel my voice is essential to the current conversation about online church.

I have been forwarded posts, read memos within our organization, and tuned in to external chatter, which suggest that some are fearful of this trend.  Others wonder how it can be most effectively used to capitalize on our cause.

I would suggest that we undertake a massive promotion of the idea that church attendance has grown in this period of pandemonium, when so many have taken to the internet for live streaming or posting their services.

Church attendance has risen as much as 50% in the first few weeks of this current crisis.  This calls for much jubilation!

And who are you?

Before I get into the rationale for my argument to follow.  I would like to briefly remind those, who may be reading my words with a degree of skepticism, of my exemplary track record.  

Though like many, I’m currently working from home, I have consulted and coached some of the most productive and influential minds in our enterprise.  Many with large teams and sweeping networks have looked to me for perspective and training for decades, if not longer.

Drawing from the deep well of my vast years of experience, I coach you, dear apprentice, to cheer on the trend toward digital church.

Without getting into the weeds on any theories—conspiracy or documented—related to the origin of the economic and social season we find ourselves in, I commend to you online church.

Hannah and Harold go to church…

Picture this: Hannah and Harold have to get out of bed, brush their teeth, dress their kids, and drive somewhere, all the while, doing their best to avoid tearing one another to pieces in the process.  It goes without saying; this requires significant effort.  

Fast forward to the present.  Not only do they remain in their pajamas, their kids likely sleep in.  They exude the most energy making their morning cup of Joe themselves.  They might have personally invested some by checking their email to access a link or connecting their television or streaming device of choice.

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Consider this powerful thought.  People, given to religion or seeking a semi-regular hit of social connectivity, can be consumers at an even deeper level now.

They can get their dose of the Ghost in the morning, or anytime throughout the week as fits their schedule, while otherwise doing whatever they want.

When self-professed believers gather in one place, there is always the concern they will agree in prayer or inadvertently cross-pollinate in such a way that they spur one another on toward so-called love or good deeds.

This must be avoided at all costs.

Of course, spin stories like mine above (about the pjs) to positive tones.

It has become so much simpler to join us for worship online from the comfort of your home! You don’t even have to get dressed or travel anywhere!

Little do they know their worship may have shifted from our Enemy to the online experience itself.  And worship of self is simply a cleverly-designed mask for the true worship our Father Below seeks.

If your peabrain hasn’t followed me thus far, permit me to summarize:

  1. Accessing online church requires less personal investment than ever for people to scratch their religious itch.
  2. The spiritual dangers associated with assembling together have all but been neutralized.
  3. Self-focus and self-worship are often inspired, directly or unintentionally, through these online performances. 

I charge you to avoid fixating on the online element itself.  There are some, hosting online gatherings in dangerous ways, which focus people on helping one another and looking outward to creatively do damage to our cause in their communities.  Of course, these factions must be opposed at all costs.

However, this scenario is rare.  Most church leaders are so focused on and exhausted by orchestrating the online experience itself, they have no capacity left to create space for our Enemy and his priorities.

Make people busy or exhausted.  Keep them distracted or discouraged.  Pit them against one another.  Pull from our toolbox of most used, best loved, timeless strategies.

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Metrics, Analytics, & Merry-go-rounds

While they are forming consumers at a higher level, we must let religious leaders think they’re winning.

Don’t fear.  The religious establishment has chosen the wrong metrics yet again, so let them veer off on their newest tangent.  It will lead to our ultimate success, not theirs.

Keep them inept with internet analytics, so they’ll be convinced they’re gaining more attenders when they don’t even know how to read their own stats properly.

Bind them so fast to their own merry-go-round, they’ll never ever think to ask dangerous questions like: are online attenders applying or sharing what they’re hearing?

This is to our great advantage.  Most of the “growth” that’s being celebrated by voices online is coming from smaller churches, amazed at their increased reach.  This is also often the population with the greatest lack of acumen and capacity to process the data about online engagement.

Bind them so fast to their own merry-go-round, they’ll never ever think to ask dangerous questions like: are online attenders applying or sharing what they’re hearing?

Doublespeak & Doubt

There’s also a delightful doublespeak taking place among church leaders reporting and at times competing over online attendance.  Few have stopped to ask: what does your hosting platform vs. mine actually count as a view?  

And what does it matter!  We couldn’t care less ourselves!

In fact, we are delighted that these conversations and infighting about online engagement fall hopelessly short of advancing our Enemy’s kingdom priorities. 

I want you to encourage the self-doubt and hidden pride in some megachurch leaders, which has led them to keep silent about their concerns and discouragement over how few are truly participating in their services online.

As my final statement and the nail in the proverbial coffin, at risk of sounding like I am merely name-dropping, I wholeheartedly state that we must focus our firepower on fueling the current trend toward defining “church” as a user-friendly, consumer, isolated, passive, digital experience.  Truly, I tell you, our Father Below loves online church.

Ever Yours, a True Luminary in My Field,

Preptor Sophresh,

Distinguished Former Department Head, Messenger of Light Inc.

(Currently on a furlough of undefined length. Seeking contract work. References available upon request.)

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Never underestimate the power released when these two meet…

Where do you look to for strength as you journey through this life?

If like me you’re learning the art of practicing powerful prayer, what is it that gives your prayers power and effectiveness (James 5:16)?

In Praying God’s Word, we looked at lies we believe about prayer and how to pray the promises of God…

Never underestimate the power released when these two meet… prayer and God’s Word are truly a match made in Heaven!

Never underestimate the power released when these two meet… Prayer and God’s Word are truly a match made in Heaven!

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What lies have you believed about prayer? What principles and practices of prayer have been most helpful in your life?