The 2014 Chaplains Roundtable Conferences are quickly approaching. This year we will look at what God has to say about courage. God instructed Joshua to be strong and courageous...He instructs us to do the same. We will focus on Courageous Leadership this year. I hope you will be with us. ~Bill Houston
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Indianapolis Roundtable Update
We had a great time in Indianapolis, talking about Courageous Leadership. In case you missed it, here is the video from Tim Pitcher, speaking about "Examples of Courageous Leadership."
Indianapolis & Lansing Roundtables are Quickly Approaching!
We're looking forward to another great day together in Indianapolis and Lansing, this year! Stop by the events page to meet our special guests and to reserve your spot!
"We pray best when we are no longer aware of praying." - By Tom Carter
Have you ever been in a conversation with a person, and they bring you up short with - "AND HOW IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE?"
What? I mean, really, what did you just ask me? Well, when I stop and think about it, that is the same as "How is your life going?" It made me realize that many of us are shocked because we tend to compartmentalize. Read More...
Praying for Others - by Tom Carter
"The purest form of love is given with no expectation of return.
Measured by this standard, earnest prayer for others
is a magnificent act of love."
Philip Yancey makes an interesting point concerning intercession - praying for others - in his book PRAYER - DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? Intercession "introduces some of the most puzzling issues of prayer. The more I mull over intercession, the more it calls for a shift in how I look at the world." Read more...
Prayer and Me - by Tom Carter
I like Philip Yancey's title for this chapter. So many times I find myself leading others in prayer and trying to cover what I think that the group might need when in fact I should be tuning in to God's presence because He knows what each individual in the group needs. Pamela Grey hit the nail on the head when she said "For one soul that exclaims 'Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,' there are ten that say 'Hear, Lord! For thy servant speaketh.' " Read More
Tree By The Road - by Tom Rust
For the past ten years, I have been the pastor at Sardinia Baptist church in the southwestern corner
of Decatur County Indiana. Living in nearby Columbus, I have made numerous trips through the
countryside on a weekly basis, taking pretty much the same route every time. A few years ago, I began
to notice along the way a tall tree, standing alone next to the road. It was like a sentry overlooking this
huge field. Though I never knew what kind of tree it was, it was obviously very old and imposing. I also
watched the changes in this tree as the seasons changed, and the weeks and months rolled by. In the
summer, it was very green, and waved in the wind, but then in the fall, I could see the leaves begin to
turn, and eventually fall to the ground. Winter brought only its stark limbs against the usual gray skies,
but in the spring, it was always a joy to see the buds come out and the blossoms bring it back to life.
One day, on our way to the church, my wife noticed that the tree was gone, a pile of logs now, laying
in a ditch next to the field. Read More
Thomas Merton said: "We do not want to be beginners [at prayer]. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything but beginners, all our life!"
Philip Yancey interviewed "suffering people and ordinary pray-ers, experienced caregivers, chaplains and helpers" in order to offer some suggestions on what we might pray for when asked by individuals to pray for them. The following list is only to suggest some ideas if you should ever find that your mind "draws a blank" when you are asked to pray without any opportunity to put your thoughts together... Read More
2014 Roundtables are coming!
We are excited to announce that the 2014 Roundtables are coming together and registrations are now open! This year's focus is on Courageous Leadership. God instructed Joshua to be strong and courageous...He instructs us to do the same.
As always, we'll be hearing from great speakers, such as Tom Roy, President of Unlimited Potential Incorporated, former LPGA golfer, Tracy Hanson, Darrin Gray from All Pro Dad and others. Check out the Coming Events Page for more information and to register. We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Prayer and Physical Healing - By Tom Carter
Question for all you chaplains out there on the battle field. About what percent of your prayer requests would you say pertain to physical healing? Would you say that the percentage would show how instinctively we turn to prayer when illness or injury strikes? My wife and I are dealing with this experience as I write this. Read More...
A Death Sentence - By Tom Rust
Sports is a great diversion, but sometimes, it has to take a backseat to real life. Recently, I had to take time off to have surgery on a slow growing cancer. After a sleepless recovery night in the hospital, the surgeon came in and said, "We were able to remove it. You did great. I think you will be fine." I dropped my head back on the pillow and a great sigh of relief came over me.
I was sharing the room with a man who was in great pain. His news was not so good. Separated only by two thin curtains, I later heard his doctor say, "You have a large mass. There aren't many options. We can do nothing, in which case you will die, or we can look at some treatments that may prolong your life."Sports is a great diversion, but sometimes, it has to take a backseat to real life. Recently, I had to take time off to have surgery on a slow growing cancer. After a sleepless recovery night in the hospital, the surgeon came in and said, "We were able to remove it. You did great. I think you will be fine." I dropped my head back on the pillow and a great sigh of relief came over me.
I was sharing the room with a man who was in great pain. His news was not so good. Separated only by two thin curtains, I later heard his doctor say, "You have a large mass. There aren't many options. We can do nothing, in which case you will die, or we can look at some treatments that may prolong your life." Read More...
Unanswered Prayer - Sometimes Life is a Mystery - By Tom Carter
Do you ever feel like you are living in a mystery when it comes to your prayer life? How do we make sense of prayer when we experience unanswered prayer in our life?
I do have some odd sense of encouragement when I find that the Bible includes prayers that have gone unanswered. At times I do find some comfort in the "clues" found in the biblical examples of prayers that have gone unanswered. Read More...
Unanswered Prayer - I'm Sure It's My Fault! - By Tom Carter
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." ~Oscar Wilde
Well, here we are in the holiday season again – if it goes like the past few years have, the number of heart breaking prayer requests that we receive will seem to overwhelm us! However, I think the hardest part of dealing with some of these requests is that some seem to go unanswered. Prayers that go unanswered can be a serious threat to the faith of trusting children says, Philip Yancey. Read More...
"A God Size Vision" - Video From Indy
Stop by the Event Media page to view the talks given by Jimmy Page, Steve Sisco, Dr. Charles Ware, and Dr. James Jackson at the 2013 Indianapolis Roundtable.
Keep watching for video from the Lansing roundtable, coming soon! We heard from Dan Kregel, Tim Hiller, and former Detroit Lions Kicker, Jason Hansen. They all speaking on "Three Elements of a God Size Vision." If you were unable to attend, or would just like to see them again, visit the Event Media page!
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A Great Day in Indy!
The 2013 Indianapolis Chaplains Roundtable was one for the ages! It was a tremendous day of fellowship and challenge from God's Word. Steve Sisco of the Cincinnati Reds began the day followed by Indiana Pacers Chaplain, Dr James Jackson...and we wrapped up the day with Dr Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College. If you were not able to attend, please stay tuned for the videos very soon!
There is still time to register for the Lansing Roundtable on December 3! We expect another great day of fellowship and seeing Christ lifted up in people's lives! Our speakers for the day will be Jason Hanson-Former Kicker with Detroit Lions...Tim Hiller-Former QB at Western Michigan & Indy Colts QB and Dan Kregel-Executive Director for West Michigan Youth for Christ. Admission is free, and the recommended cost to cover lunch is $15.00. REGISTER TODAY!
Tongue-Tied - By Tom Carter
When our first child was about to be born and I was preparing to go into the delivery room to be with my wife, the doctor stopped me and told me there were complications and I needed to tell him which to try and save – my wife or baby! I asked for a room where I could be alone and pray and all I could get out at first was “help, God!” I can’t tell you how many times I prayed that but the doctor finally asked me again, “Which one should I try to save?” I think I could say that I was “tongue-tied”.
I have had the privilege of talking with people about many different subjects, prayer being one of those. One of the topics is that of “hindrances”in my prayer life such as “unworthiness”. I think I can safely say that many of us have experienced that in our own lives. Read more...
Is Your "Prayer Grammar" Correct? - By Tom Carter
I don’t know if you have ever had the privilege of listening to a small child, or an adult that has just come to a new life in Christ, pray. For me it is just a “breath of fresh air” or a great reminder that I am a son or daughter of THE KING! I can stop and talk with my true Father at any time or place. Read More...
Is there“fluency” to your prayer life? - By Tom Carter
“The paradox of prayer is that it asks for a serious effort while it can only be received as a gift. We cannot plan, organize or manipulate God; but without a careful discipline, we cannot receive him either.” ~Henri Nouwen
In October I will turn 69 years young! That statement just made me start thinking all the way back to my childhood. Memories started to flood my mind. What memories would come to your mind? One of mine was that I cannot remember a time without prayer.
As I grew older I remember that at times prayer made little sense to me. Read More...
INTIMIDATION - By Roger Lipe
Who was the most intimidating opponent you ever faced in competition? How did you perceive yourself in comparison with his/her abilities and stature? Did your opponent see you in that same light? Today’s scripture tells a similar story. Read More...
Prayer: Bold Persistence – Ask, Seek, Knock
“Persistent prayer keeps bringing God and me together – changes me by helping me see the world, and my life, through God’s eyes – prayer is not a monologue but a true dialogue – my own desires and plans gradually harmonize with God’s.” ~Philip Yancey
Chapel Talk - Dug In
Chapel Talk for July comes from Atlanta Falcons chaplain, Jason Webster
Growing up I played little league football. I had the title of being the fastest on the team. There was one day when a new kid joined the team and he was said to be very fast, according to some of my teammates. At the end of practice was a time for conditioning. We would run a certain distance turn around and run back. Well, everybody wanted to see if this new kid could beat me running. After practice, we got on the starting line, the coach blew the whistle for the command to go and I slipped! The new kid beat me. But that's not the end of the story. Read More...
Prayer: Does it Change God? - By Tom Carter
It comes as no surprise when we are asked, “Why pray – does it really change God or anything about our circumstances?” “I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6). “My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused” (Hosea 11:8). What is your answer to this question? Read More...
Chapel Talk - Passionately Pursuing Prayer
Chapel Talk for June comes from DeVon McDonald, President of SportsWorld.
As we go about to do God's work let's not forget the most important thing we can do and that is to communicate with God in prayer. We have all experienced praying to God and receiving the blessing. However we all can identify with praying to God and it seems like God has turned his back on us. What do you do in such a case? Read More...
The Zeller Family: A Mark of DistinXion - by Tom Rust
Later this year, the Zeller family of Washington, Indiana will be in a unique situation. All three of the sons of Steve and Lori Zeller will most likely be playing professional basketball in the NBA.
Luke is the oldest, having played four years at Notre Dame. Since graduating in 2009, he has played for a number of teams both in the United States and overseas. This past year, he spent some time as a member of the Phoenix Suns, and will no doubt be on an NBA roster in the fall. Tyler followed his brother at Washington High School, then went on to have a fine career with the University of North Carolina. This past year, he played his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cody has just finished a two year stint with Indiana University, and is projected to be a high draft choice when the NBA draft is conducted in June. Read the rest of the story