Bottom Line - May 2017

By Stan Bower

As I write this, I am flying back from Texas, somewhere around 30,000 feet at 11:30 at night. The purpose of my trip was accomplished. Robb Johnson, Jim Matush, Laura and I spoke to our guests at the 20th Annual Houston Gathering. Both of my Timothies shared their stories of how the Lord is working in their lives, then Laura shared her heart and the journey she has been on for the past two years in gaining a new understanding of herself.

Bottom Line - April 2017

By Stan Bower

The first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty was Desmond Doss. Doss served as an Army combat medic in WWII. His story is told in the film, Hacksaw Ridge, which was directed by Mel Gibson. This is an incredible story of a man who held on to his convictions – even in the middle of horrific circumstances.

Bottom Line - February 2017

By Stan Bower

Sometimes it seems that the speed of life … and the pain of life … are going at Mach 1. I recently met with a man and asked specific questions about how his family was doing. I saw the pain in his eyes, knowing his heart was bursting, and watched the tears well up like rising floodwaters. So what was the proper response to his pain? Two things needed to be considered: 1. what was his need in the midst of the pain 2. how should I respond emotionally to him?

Bottom Line - December 2016

By Stan Bower

When is the last time you were part of a rescue operation? Being on our team will put you on the front lines, as we take a stand for truth. We are intentional about seeing lives restored – one person at a time. One mission in 2002 began quietly during a prayer breakfast … but culminated in a prisoner release.

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Bottom Line - September 2016

By Stan Bower

Fear is an interesting fact of life. As God has been getting to the bottom of my heart, I have discovered some fear. For example, at times when I have a conversation with someone – and as a result, have a troubling thought - anxiety grips me. Fear begins to envelope me then plunges further into the cup of emotions, where it hits anger - then descends even deeper to hurt and sadness.

Bottom Line - August 2016

By Stan Bower

I am making my way through this process known as ‘sabbatical’ - having experienced the beauty of the shorelines of the east and west coasts of America, Laura and I headed to L’Abri in the Netherlands for two weeks, to be followed by one week in Paris. The sea of people we met seemed like wave upon wave and it was clear that each culture has its own problems. However, the understanding that God was directing us and taking care of us as we traveled was evident.

Bottom Line - July 2016

By Stan Bower

As I come out of the first phase of my sabbatical, I have a sense of God speaking into my heart. After spending ten days on the east coast in Charlotte and Folly Beach, then nine days on the west coast in Carmel and San Francisco, a particular Scripture came to me. “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
2 Timothy 2:7