RMPP Blog

A Dangerous Disconnect

Many of us would probably admit to being addicted to our phones and understand the need to disconnect from time to time. As I get older, I am learning of the necessity to periodically disconnect from such things as social media, internet access, work, etc., so as to get a chance to rest, recharge and refresh myself. When we see the word "disconnect" within this context, we can all agree that it…

Developing Respect

Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something that is considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities; and it is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings. In Thai society it is expected to pay a lot of respect to people. The respect…

Healthier Relationships How?

When I first moved overseas I needed to learn a new language. As I learned the ins and outs of reading, writing and speaking this foreign language, I encountered many moments of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I soon learned, however, that miscommunication and misunderstanding aren't unique to learning foreign languages; they are potential stumbling blocks for everyone, everywhere, even for…

Becoming A Better Listener

Hearing refers to the sounds that enter your ears. It is a physical process that, provided you do not have any hearing problems, happens automatically. Listening, however, requires...

Quick Fixes

As I look back on my life, I can see that many times I would try to apply a quick fix to spiritual issues. I would always get excited by the latest book that would promise something along the lines of “40-Days to Purity”, or “6-Months to Freedom”, etc. Part of what excited me about books like these is that I was attracted to the promise of a quick fix in no time at all.  In 40-days I will never…

Slinging Mud

When I was a kid I remember playing in the dirt and mud with my Tonka trucks. Those times were fun because there was something great about getting dirty. I also remember that sometimes my friends and I would have mud fights, and while I valiantly tried to win the "war" by escaping mudsling after mudsling, I often came home covered in mud. Today I no longer play with trucks in the mud with friends…

Our Feelings

“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too - your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is…

Fresh Sails

"Create in me a pure heart, O God"...

That’s the familiar tune we all know, but the writer of The Message puts it as follows,

‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make…

Swipe Right

Our culture is about fast and easy access. Our phones are the fastest they've ever been, our food is cheap and our transport is fast. I've always wondered if this way of thinking spills into other aspects of our lives? Does this affect the way we talk to people? How we think about life? Is that how we approach our relationships?

With respect to relationships, it seems that our high-paced…

Total Forgiveness

Does unforgiveness affect us as believers? I think many of us would agree that it does. So then why is it hard to forgive some people? As someone who has harbored unforgiveness towards others more times than I care to admit, I know this is still an area of growth for me.

Sometimes I find it more comforting to hold on to the offense than to walk away from the disappointment, anger, frustration,…