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'...and thankful!'
I am thankful for that desire to not settle. I am thankful for that hunger to keep growing toward Jesus. I am thankful that... (read more)

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God's Grace in a Pumpkin
We rattled and rolled down the narrow bumpy roads on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was with our two Chinese... (read more)

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The Scorned Virtue
A virtue that gets little attention and practically no praise in modern settings is humility. Perhaps it is because our culture tends... (read more)

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Be Strong and Courageous
He had been the apprentice, assistant, the adjunct for years. Now it was time for him to be the leader of the raucous, nomadic, and hard headed group of under achievers. Now he was responsible…for everything. Whatever he decided would affect the lives o... (read more)
...and thankful!
We are over-familiar with choice. We are burdened by it, confused with it, over-spenders because of it, and drowning... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 4 — Constantly in Prayer
I've always been amazed at the somewhat casual manner in which Luke reports Jesus' ascension. He writes as if... (read more)
A Little Each Day
The really good coaches are smart cookies. Forget the "dumb jock" jokes, and pay attention to their ability to... (read more)
Be Careful Where You Build
If you're going to spend over $650,000 building a new house, there's one important thing to do before you begin: make sure you are building in the right place.... (read more)
'...always thankful!'
Jesus had moved along the border between Galilee and Samaria — a journey right in the middle of Jewish, Gentile, and... (read more)
Do Not Be Afraid
Fear can paralyze individuals, making them incapable of acting rationally. And irrational fear can send a whole nation... (read more)
Have You Stopped Believing in God?
But I do believe he loves us, does what is best, and is preparing us for a better life that never ends. ... (read more)
Postscript Praise
"The devil's in the details!" Yes, I know that folk proverb is often true. However, there are many more times that... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 3 — Witnesses
"Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" This question exposes multiple misunderstandings... (read more)
How to Heal the Internet
The world's wide — both the real one and the reality of the world wide web. There are words all over the map. I tell myself... (read more)
Choose This Day
"Choose this day…" Joshua, the leader of God's people, was addressing his countrymen. They had conquered the land that God had promised to give them and were ready to settle in their new homes. Now Joshua calls on them to make a choice.... (read more)
The Women
For me, they are some of the most haunting words of the whole Bible: Then everyone deserted him and fled... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 2 — Glory Days
It is little surprise that instruction about the kingdom was at the top of the resurrected Lord's agenda. In fact, the kingdom was one of Jesus' favorite ... (read more)
Of Course You Will Die
Because we believe in Jesus, we too will live again.... (read more)
Too Familiar to Feel the Bite?
Sometimes the meaning of what Jesus spoke eludes us because we are not familiar with the culture of the day or... (read more)
Act(s) 1: Scene 1 — Jesus' Body
The book of Acts is highly revered among God's Bible-believing people. We are, after all, restorationists, committed... (read more)
The Family Resemblance
I have an interesting family heritage. My Dad's family lived in New York City and on "the Island". I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, some on the Union side, some on the Confederate side. Between my sophomore and Junior years in high school, I ... (read more)
Co-heirs with Christ
At first listen through our twenty-first century ears, this translation of Paul's words to the Galatians appears exclusivistic or sexist or at least gender limiting... (read more)
Suffocating Pessimism
I've heard there are people with such sunny dispositions that they never give way to sadness. The rumor is that they always make lemonade from their lemons. And the boast is... (read more)
Give Me this Hill Country
My friend Juan Monroy doesn't like to talk about age. "Man is not chronology," he says. "Man is biology. Age is just a number."... (read more)
Restoring the Creator's Intent
Chaos. Hatred. War. Bloodshed. Crime. Abuse. Illness. Poverty. Hostile weather. Deep in our bones, we know that something is broken... (read more)
Diamonds in the Rough
Brazil is full of sparkling gems. The Amazon spreads across the northwest, green and lush and the site of adventures... (read more)
You Get to Have Your Own Name
Nicknames are special names, names for people who are loved and belong, names given from people who love you. ... (read more)
Made to be Complements
All of us like compliments, especially if those compliments are well deserved. A sincere compliment gives us... (read more)
Welcome to the Dance
I wrote this poem after a very difficult dry spell in Thailand in 2001. During this difficult dry spell, I felt like the Lord had allowed... (read more)
The God Who Goes Before
It was about 3:00 in the morning on a windy, rainy night. I was standing in front of our language institute in Córdoba, Argentina. A middle-of-the-night phone call had yanked me out of bed; now I was in the company of two police officers, looking at the o... (read more)
Of Sacred Value
No, it's not the sound of a breakfast cereal. These are the sounds of handcuffs on the wrists, of the camera flash in the face, and of the cell door... (read more)
The Foolishness of 'Getting Even'
Cynthia was a woman scorned. When she went to see her ex-boyfriend, she found him with another woman! Nobody likes... (read more)
Good People Need Jesus Too
But you are not heaven material. No one is that good. Except God. And his Son Jesus.... (read more)
Writing Love in the Dust
Do you ever wonder what Jesus "wrote in the dust with his finger"? I sure do! I've looked at commentaries. I've tried to run... (read more)
What Women Need to Say to Each Other to Shatter the Dark
It's when you came up behind me and put your arms around me in the kitchen last night while I was making food for your Dad. The way you laid your head on my shoulder and you held me, mama in the daughter arms after all these... (read more)
Jonah and Nineveh
His story is recorded in Hebrew, Christian and Islamic literature. All three religions consider him a prophet of God Almighty. He is remembered for the fish story more than his persuasiveness to the citizens of a city.... (read more)
A Key Tool in the Master's SIGnature Toolset
Life is exciting, busy, and a bit confusing. However, my only requirements are to be able to have a good Internet connection, to be close to... (read more)
To Fret or to Leave in God's Hands?
All of us create in some way. Maybe we paint, or cook, or sing, or write, or take pictures, or build, or organize, or garden — the list is endless. Unfortunately, many of us... (read more)
If You Can’t Trust a Panda
It was going to be a big moment: the first live broadcast of a giant panda giving birth. These popular animals, considered an endangered species, have a very low birth rate in the wild; this makes captive breeding programs extremely important. The broadca... (read more)
One of Us
The names and dates and places change, but there is a sad sameness about each episode: there is a confrontation between a young black man and a white police officer, shots... (read more)
Mud Dauber Determination
To feed their families, the mud daubers (dirt daubers) pack their dinners on my back porch. Spiders seem especially tasty to them, so they paralyze... (read more)
Early Morning Coffee Discipline
Because my work involves so much mandatory reading, I don't get to do lots of pleasure reading. There is just too little time for short stories... (read more)
Jesus Knows Me, This I Love
He knows the good… and he knows the bad. And he loves us anyway.... (read more)
A Call Has Been Made on My Life
People have asked for ways to help Kent and Amber Brantley. Here is one family approved way to help.... (read more)
The Great Challenge Facing all Women
Rain on a tin roof this morning. The rocking chairs out in the ash grove sit quiet, solid — steady in the wind. Steady in the wind. They're calling for... (read more)
Touching Jesus
The woman wanted to be healed as well. She had heard of Jesus and the miracles he had done. She knew that no holy man would touch her on purpose… they wouldn't want to defile themselves in that way. She would have to find a way to be healed in secret. ... (read more)
Remember Their Sacrifices!
Today, there is no Heartlight article. Just a passage from 1 Peter and a plea to you as a child of God. Please remember your brothers and sisters who are suffering and being martyred for their faith... (read more)
Hooker to Hero
You may believe — or deep down want to believe — that the things you have heard about God and Jesus are true.... (read more)
Interconnected Grace
As a young teenager, I remember watching TV on the afternoon of August 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Then six hours later... (read more)
Sometimes There Are No Answers
When a dream you have had for years, maybe a lifetime, begins to fade and you realize it is probably not going to come true, you ask the questions; but there are no... (read more)


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