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Flying High with Freedom!
Freedom has always been purchased at a high cost. For years, I listened to a dear friend and Elder share his experiences... (read more)

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Holy Land
I am a temple of God because God lives in me. He comes to live in every person who is born again of water and Spirit. ... (read more)

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'What Sort of Man Is This?'
Our questions become a lot more urgent when we're the ones in the boat, the seas around us are raging, and we don't know... (read more)

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'I Don't Judge People'
Of all places, there is an insightful line about the necessity of passing personal judgment that comes from a new one-act... (read more)
I Did Not See That Happening
Until everything crashes down. You just really did not see that happening. Until it did. ... (read more)
1 Dad Changes Everything
My heart broke. As I gathered in the news of Charleston on Wednesday night, my heart broke at the slaughter of... (read more)
Your Bible is Not Safe
In the fanciful movie The Neverending Story, a boy named Bastian ducks into a bookstore to avoid a group... (read more)
The Old Spy's Request
While the lessons are numerous when studying the life of Caleb, the single ever present aspect is his commitment to following God whether on a secret mission, unsuccessfully arguing to take the land, waiting 40 years or finally defeating the enemy.... (read more)
The Creator Brings Grace
We were in a boat along the west coast of Florida. Big thunderstorms had blown up all around our horizon. So my fishing buddy fired up his Coast Guard frequency... (read more)
Don't Settle for a Small Destiny
We re-define ourselves according to our catastrophes. As a result, we settle for a small destiny! Think you've lost... (read more)
The God Who Loves a Party
So one day, there will be a party to end all parties. God's people will gather from all nations, all languages, and even all times to celebrate the final victory over sin and death.... (read more)
When the Way Out Is Through
Most folks are at least a little familiar with the LORD's deliverance of his people from the Egyptian army through the Red Sea.... (read more)
You Will Get Through This!
Whatever it is — you'll get through this! You think you won't. But with God's help, we all do. We fear the... (read more)
Our Healing Strength
Years ago, when someone asked, "Do you think it will ever stop raining?" I had a ready answer: "I think so, but I'm gathering gopher wood and pairs of animals just in case!"... (read more)
Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run
It is better to find out what God expects you to do to be approved by Him. Then live accordingly.... (read more)
Bored to Life
Pedal to the metal! This wasn't a slogan, but my lifestyle. I considered boredom obscene — a waste of time, energy, life... (read more)
His Hands Will Touch You, Too!
The old guy at the corner hasn't seen him. The woman selling the figs hasn't either. Jesus described him to the... (read more)
Good Morning
We met as we walked in opposite directions on a sidewalk. He isn't a buddy or someone I know well. As a matter of fact, he was a stranger. I looked up and... (read more)
He Chose Poorly
Ronald Wayne helped Jobs and Wozniak start Apple; in fact, he wrote the document that formally created Apple. He soon got cold feet, however, and sold his stake in the company for $800. He eventually signed an agreement renouncing all claims against Apple... (read more)
More than a Memorial
The Lord's Supper — whether you call it The Supper, The Eucharist, or Holy Communion — is a holy disruption for our homogenized and carefully planned... (read more)
Defying ISIS: #togESTHER
Dear North American Church, Go ahead — wave to a nine-year-old kid today. Sit on the edge of her bed and just watch — just watch your... (read more)
Do You Believe in Jesus?
It is an easy thing to affirm belief in Jesus. It is a different matter entirely to follow him...... (read more)
Riders in the Storm
For once, I was excited to go see my doctor. Headed into my yearly physical, I had dropped about 25 pounds from the year before. I felt great. I couldn't wait to hear... (read more)
Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Ever feel guilty when somebody cites this Bible verse, Be still, and know that I am God"? I'll bet you'd... (read more)
Thinking about Heaven... Again
I have fewer days ahead of me than behind me, and I recently have been reminded by those with fewer things than I, about having family and friends in Heaven with you.... (read more)
Made a Difference to That One!
It is always risky to use a beach illustration with folks who live in a beach town. But even though I was speaking in... (read more)
Art by Faith
Growing up on my grandparents' farm, I was too busy playing outside with my sibling and cousins, chasing butterflies or climbing... (read more)
Dressing Down for God
But one thing hasn’t changed. Coming before God still requires that we take off our aspirations of “glory and beauty.” We don’t show off for God. We don’t try to impress him with who we are or what we’ve done.... (read more)
Throw What Stinks Out of God's House!
"Something really stinks in here!" I said it to no one in particular as I opened the pantry door. I thought I had smelled a bad odor a couple of days earlier, but this wasn't... (read more)
Finding Happiness?
During my twenties, I was a bridesmaid in several weddings. Unfortunately, most of those couples are now divorced. It will come as no surprise... (read more)
Revisionist History
Relationships can be healed, your mess can become your message, and joy, peace, hope, and purpose can be yours. ... (read more)
As Each Part Does Its Work
Names. They get harder and harder to remember the older I get. They pile up in my digital address books becoming more... (read more)
Vanishing Friendship
More and more of us appear to have fewer and fewer people in our lives whom we would consider friends. And lest... (read more)
Sorry Happy for You
"I'm sorry happy for you." It's a weird statement, and perhaps even weirder that I'm the one who said it under the painful circumstances... (read more)
The Elephant Is Still an Elephant
But I think there's something that we need to remember as we listen to this story. The elephant never stopped being an elephant. Despite what these men said, it wasn't a pillar or a rope or a branch or a fan or a wall or a spear. It was an elephant.... (read more)
Beyond My Broken Prayers
"I'm not sure I can pray anymore. It's useless. They're not heard. They go unanswered. I don't know what to say. I'm frustrated, discouraged, and... (read more)
Black Lives Matter
The cover story of Time magazine this week is "Black Lives Matter." Yes, they do. And so do brown lives, and lives of every shade... (read more)
You Have To Decide Who Jesus Is
That would mean he really did die for you sins. It would mean he really was raised from the dead.... (read more)
On the Other Side
He called out to them, yet they didn't recognize him until something unexpected happened.... (read more)
Unworthy and Under-qualified
"I just don't think I can do it." How many times have we thought that? How many times have we said that? How many times have we been told that?... (read more)
The Real Root of Brokenness
It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the... (read more)
Warming Up to Love!
Precious. Tiny. Nervous. Maria stood in front of all of her classmates with another little girl — also named Maria... (read more)
They Ran!
Then as they gazed at the place where his remains should have been they hear the words "He is risen!" Those words changed their lives, changed the world. The story is so important that all four Gospels tell it, albeit from different vantage points. ... (read more)
Father Forgive Them!
The familiar words of the Lord's Prayer have been inspiring and instructive as well as comforting and challenging... (read more)
Surprising Service
It was a hot day in the Uruguayan countryside. Gerhald Acosta wasn't allowed to enter the factory that day because his I.D. card had expired. Now he was hitchhiking home, watching car after car pass by him without stopping. Finally an SUV stopped, toge... (read more)
Oasis of Safety
This place was an oasis of safety in a desert of violence.... (read more)
Stay Teachable
One of my all-time favorite quotes is from legendary basketball coach John Wooden:
What really counts in life is what you learn after you know... (read more)
Do I Have to Go to Church if I Become a Christian?
...you are expected to meet with other Christians.... (read more)
Holding Jesus' Miracles in My Hands
Do you remember playing chase as a kid? There was always a place designated as home base. It was the safe place. No matter how fast, how mean, or how determined your chaser... (read more)
Alert to Satan's Tactics
Comedian Flip Wilson made a fortune with this line: "The Devil made me do it!" And I for one will not deny that Satan seduces, captures... (read more)


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