I recently read a book in which the author told of an incident where he overheard one woman come up to another and say, “Smell my hair.” To his astonishment, that is exactly what she did. This led to an extensive conversation about new hair care products. The first woman was passionate about the great smelling shampoo that she had found and how the other woman ought to try it.

I recently chatted with our church staff regarding some of the obstacles to getting relationally connected that are faced by individuals who are new to Quail. The sad fact is that every church has a back door and the dynamic that will send a person through that back door is often a feeling of lack of friendships and relationships within the church.

As you know by now, we at Quail are very serious about representing Jesus to our community through service in our "GO Projects" that we call a 'no strings attached blessing'. As we labor we not only bring blessing to others, but we grow up in the Lord ourselves and feel the joy of fulfilling our role in his family. Quail has a church culture statement that says, "People who GO-grow." Our aim is to become a body of believers that takes on the personality of Christ- and that serves him by serving others.

Times have changed when it comes to international missions. It used to be that when an individual felt called to mission work they would raise a small fortune, go off to a foreign land and not return for many years while they served the Lord. The decision to go was life-changing and usually permanent. During the years of service they would basically be invisible to the church back in the States except for an occasional report letter and outbound care package at Christmas.

The Bible talks a lot about worship and praise, and often we use those words interchangeably. But, in reality, they are not synonyms. Jim Altizer makes a good distinction in his book "The Making of a Worship Leader" when he says, "Worship is a response to the nature and being of God, while praise is a response to His works."

In worship, the believer reflects back to God, His worth and wonder as God has revealed Himself to the worshipper through his Word. Worship is a response to...