Steve Cohen's Blog
It has been a challenging couple of weeks. On September 6th, Nancy’s Aunt Bev’s journey on this earthly plain came to an end and her time in the Lord’s presence began. She was one of the sweetest people and I had the privilege of getting to know her and her loving husband, Uncle Dan Crews. We made last minute plans to travel to Denver to be with the family for the funeral service and a loving time of memory. The funeral was on September 15th, my 73rd birthday.
I came to faith in Jesus as the Messiah in 1973 through the prayerful witness of a Lutheran layman. He cared enough about me and my salvation that he prayed for me daily for three years and introduced me to a Jewish book my rabbi did not want me to read. That Jewish book was the New Testament. For the first time in my life, I read of the hope and promises of the Messiah. I grew up surrounded by Christians, but until the age 23 not one of my Christian friends had ever spoken to me about Jesus.
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Eccles. 4:12, English Standard Version).
Before I was a believer in Jesus, I had many different jobs in direct sales. I worked for a period with Mutual of Omaha, then sold Kirby vacuum cleaners, went on to Compact vacuum cleaners, tried my hand at door-to-door selling with waterless cookware, worked in a portrait photography studio selling graduation and wedding packets, and worked in several jewelry stores selling everything from costume jewelry to fine diamonds and watches.
I have come across many books and seminars on leadership since I began my ministry in 1976. Some were great, others not-so-great. But one principle which has stuck with me is known as MBWA – Management by Wandering Around. The concept is simple, get out of the office, ivory tower, cubicle or wherever you have your workstation, and wander around the area where the actual work is being done. In that way, you get to interact face to face with those in your team and actually see what is happening in their sphere of influence and work areas.
The horrors of these times wreak havoc on our world and lives. In the face of full-on sin and desecration of God’s holy name and law, let us return to the Lord in prayer that He might grant grace, mercy and forgiveness to believers and help seekers find salvation in Jesus.
Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah (Psalm 3:8, ESV).
A question to begin: Where are we now?
We are two years plus into the covid pandemic. Ukrainians are two months plus into the hellish atrocities of war. Deaths, poverty, homelessness, mass shootings, fires, spiraling inflation, stocks plummeting, and more invade our minds and hearts through instant media cycles blasting 24/7 around the world.