One of the ministries I support, both in my prayer and in my giving to the kingdom of God, is the National Pastors Prayer Network. The National Pastors Prayer Network is led by a very good friend, Phil Miglioratti. Phil has was born and reared in Chicago. He has a background in the church that birthed the Awana Clubs ministry and knows evangelicalism through a lifetime of service inside the church. He now lives in the Chicago suburbs, as I do. He was a pastor in the distant past, has served several churches in both regular staff ministry and interim ministry, and leads churches in prayer for renewal and mission. He is a fine teacher, a clear writer and a self-less man who truly loves Christ and his church. Almost everyone who meets Phil likes him because he has no airs about him and communicates warmth and love very easily. We try to meet about four or five times a year in order to stay connected in fellowship and prayer. We've done lunch, coffee and baseball. Like so many such friends I always wish that I had more time with Phil when we leave a meeting but what time I have with him is always a treasure. We talk freely and confidentially and always encourage one another to trust God and grow in his grace. I think I am better for knowing Phil.
Phil's recent prayer letter recounts some family blessings and then says, "Every day is unique for me, which suits my temperament just fine." That is so true with me that I had to share it. While my days are often quite different than Phil's, since our gifts are very different, I operate in much the same way in terms of "temperament." He says he enjoys facilitating work teams that have clear and specific goals to accomplish. He also spends days at home which he says are consumed with "uploading new posts to one of the many blogs