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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)
The One with the Power
When Jesus lived on this earth, he did a lot of signs and miracles. One of the most amazing was witnessed by only a small group of Jesus' followers. Jesus was in the region of Galilee, near the large freshwater lake called Kinneret, the one sometimes call... (read more)
Fifty Shades of Grace: Delight
"Why are you Jesus-types such a bunch of prudes?" "What's wrong, can't you just have a little fun?" "Why do you teach that sex... ... (read more)
But Who Won the Game?
There is a juvenile correctional facility in Gainesville, Texas, for youthful felony offenders. All states have such facilities, and Texas ... (read more)
A Grey Sponge or a Pure Heart
My little granddaughter is not yet 2 years old and she hasn't outgrown the "put everything I find in my mouth" stage. Today I pulled a... (read more)
Setting Up Your Family for the Future
I can start a spiritual heritage in my family right now. In fact, I have spiritually set up my family. You can too. ... (read more)
Fifty Shades of Grace: Submission
Submission. Wow, what a loaded concept. What a powder keg for discussion. What a necessary truth that needs to be... (read more)
What a Bunch of Suckers
One human being who truly loves another one does not negotiate a list of expected behaviors and get the other to sign... (read more)
Reunion
Subject line of the email simply read, "Mini Brant Reunion". I received that note a few days after visiting my cousin and his wife on Long Island, a cousin I hadn't seen in 45 years. The gist of that brief email was that we should have a family reunion. T... (read more)
Fifty Shades of Grace: Intimacy
Intimate. Intimacy. What comes to your mind when you think of these words? The Bible says we were made to be ... (read more)
Letting Hatred Go...
"Your hatred of her is unjustified," the teacher said as a man ranted about his ex-wife. "What do you mean unjustified?" he spit out. "You have... (read more)
The Least of These
While on vacation in New York, a French tourist named Karine Valnais Gombeau was deeply moved by the number of homeless people she saw. When she noticed a disheveled-looking man searching through the trash near Grand Central Station, she quickly offered h... (read more)
Fifty Shades of Grace:
Exchanging Gods
Grace! Grace is the new world given to us in Jesus. Grace is the air we breathe in our relationship with the Father as his beloved... (read more)
Fifty Shades?
So maybe you've heard something about a little movie that came out this past weekend. The film is based on a book that was a "modest" hit a couple... (read more)
How Can I Read Them All?
But God also knows that he has a message for you. The Bible.... (read more)
Icebergs
One minute we are cruising along enjoying life. The next we feel the bump and shudder of the collision as our heart is ripped apart... (read more)
Buying the Gear, But Not Working Out!
Maybe we should go at it differently. If you really have a passion to hike or camp, get the best gear you can afford that will let you do it safely and so you can enjoy... (read more)
Have You Seen The Grand Canyon?
It was May 1982. Five of us were driving from Texas to Long Beach, California, to spend the summer working with a church there. We decided to drive "the northern route" (Interstate 40) so that we could stop by and see the Grand Canyon.... (read more)
Not Left as Orphans
Years ago, we were going to a new church. When it came time to head home one evening, we could not find our 22 month old son. He had been with us just a few... (read more)
'A Sort of Christ'
A strange thing seems to have happened over the course of church history... Didn't Jesus send his disciples into ... (read more)
There Are No Adequate Words
One thousand... More than a number. More than a number of children. More than a number of children and families. We are talking about an eternal... (read more)


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