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We Thank God for You!
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of... (read more)

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'yada, yada, yada'
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A Little Light Please
When I was about 10 years old, my Dad and Mom took me to Carlsbad Caverns. I still remember the gigantic stalagmites and stalactites. I can almost feel the cold of... (read more)
They had a heavenly accent. They spoke in such a way that everybody knew they were on a journey, one that would end in heaven. They knew, as the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." They were on their way to the city God... (read more)
When the horrible news of the Paris massacres ripped through a rather ordinary news day, my heart went out immediately to the families... (read more)
A Caution about Criticism
There is something downright vicious going on out there today. Everybody is passing judgment on you.... (read more)
Running the Wrong Way
We can point out the clear directions, model the different life, and even invite them to do life with us. ... (read more)
Blessed: Gracious Servant
Blessed! Pronounce it "bless-ed" and not "blest." The blessed are people whom God recognizes as precious. People living with... (read more)
Getting Our Lives on Track
Our lives appear to always be in a constant state of change. Happiness and frustration are never very far removed... (read more)
Holiday Trifecta
So as the schedules, demands and pressures of the Holiday Trifecta invade your world, house and family, allow me to offer a short blessing to you and all whom you hold dear... (read more)
No Longer Any Sea
The images in today's post are tough to see. Viewing them is tough because they are too true to our world... (read more)
Never Be Afraid to Listen!
When the woman told me she'd heard round that there were rumblings — she said she was just going to do it... (read more)
Spirits, Demons, and the One Greater than Them All
There are scary things in this world, but we need not fear any of them. The one who is in us is greater than the powers of this world.... (read more)
Sometimes the Spirit helps me listen to the LORD even when I'm not paying attention. On this Saturday in Rome... (read more)
How to Discredit Christianity
From reading the headlines, you'd think church people occasionally get together, ask what they'd have to do to make Christianity look foolish, and then set... (read more)
What in the World Is Going On?
So yes it is a hard world, but God is stronger. ... (read more)
Go Fast!
I have a picture of my son (who was a few months old), my dad, my G-Daddy, and myself. It's a special treasure. We were four generations 25... (read more)
Think You Are a 'Hopeless Case'?
Have you noticed how candid the Bible is about its heroes? Scripture doesn't whitewash the flaws and foibles of its... (read more)
Not Enough
I hear people say that they're not good enough to be a Christian. Or that they're not strong enough to face suffering. Or that they're not disciplined enough to overcome sin. And they're right. But God is powerful enough. He can take my unholy life ... (read more)
Tweeting Heaven
"Dad, how about one of your drive-by prayers?" We were in a packed Chuy's ready to dig into some good Tex-Mex... (read more)
The Most Important Thing to Know
If you have any interest in following Jesus, you may ask if there is some way to identify what is the most important thing to know. ... (read more)
Neglected Expeditions
Jesus came to earth on mission. While we rightfully focus on the love and grace of God in Jesus' coming to earth... (read more)
Let it Begin with Me!
I believe the church is being tested today as it has not been since World War II. Then, there were people of faith who... (read more)
Yogi and Red Trucks
Years ago, I heard Brent Musburger tell a Yogi Berra story on his radio program. Like so many Yogi stories, ...... (read more)
The Last Letter
It’s called The Bucket List, a movie about two men who endured treatment for cancer only to be told they had months to live.... (read more)
A Way Through the Ice Fall
The interim season for a congregation without key ministers can be a time of great danger and also a time of great opportunity... (read more)
Golden Rule, Golden Door!
Since October 28, 1886, she has stood proudly in New York Harbor, not to guard it, but to welcome immigrants from... (read more)
'What prevents me from being baptized?'
The Bible says the Ethiopian eunuch was baptized and went on his way rejoicing. You can too.... (read more)
Some Mountains Matter More
If our churches, and we as church leaders, don't know the mountains on which we are willing to die and then go and focus on... (read more)
Sin and Grace
Sin and grace. They are rather old themes to Christians. Yet headlines in the popular press indicate how surprising... (read more)
Following Jesus Is Not About You
The key words for following Jesus are things like "deny yourself," "die with Jesus," "being crucified with Christ."... (read more)
Willing to Die on This Mountain
Since 1922, there have been 280 documented deaths associated with climbing Mount Everest. These climbers did not want to die on the mountain... (read more)
Your Default Face
As a sports junkie, and also someone who gets to sit at the scorer's table to run the shot clock during university basketball... (read more)
The Immovable Ladder
So it's come to pass that a ladder has been in place for over 250 years; there are writings from the 18th century that mention it. No one really knows where it came from. Nobody uses it. The ladder stands as a symbol to the division in Christianity.... (read more)
While these are easy words to say, they are much harder words to live. Yet the people who heard these words knew that Paul... (read more)
Almost Destroyed by the Actions of Another
The house in this picture is personal to me, although I've never met the owners and haven't been... (read more)
What a Rescue Dog Taught Me About God
All we want to do is please God, follow Jesus, and stay connected in through life. All because God loved us and Jesus saved us.... (read more)
But One Thing I Do!
How can I do it? How do I leave behind my past failures where I've let others down? How do I overcome the sins of my past? How do I live beyond the grievous... (read more)
Ready for Anything That Comes
I have had such a full and rewarding life that I don't have much of a bucket list. I've never desired to... (read more)
When Life Takes You Off Guard
Life has a habit of taking us by surprise. Events catch us off guard and send us reeling. Accident, injury, family stress, divorce, job transfer... (read more)
The Instructions
The instructions help to explain everything! You have to read them to know what you should look like. Study God's word, The Bible, and experience how all the pieces fit into place.... (read more)
A Forgotten, but Necessary, Grace of Jesus
Why did Jesus "call out" this woman? This unnamed woman had received her miracle. She had been made whole when she touched... (read more)
YOU Matter to God
God loves YOU. God heals YOU. God financially helps YOU! God says, "Yes!" to YOU! God carries YOU because YOU were too weak and frail to crawl, walk or... (read more)
An 'Even If' Faith
We need an "even if" faith. We need the kind of faith that says, "Lord, I'll believe in you even if you don't do what I hope. I'll believe in you even if you don't answer this prayer the way I want. I'll believe in you no matter what."... (read more)
A Charcoal Fire & the Smell of Redemption
"I've just got to have some steak!" I surprised myself when I said this out loud while sweeping my back porch. But my stomach was growling... (read more)
Discovering 'My Truth'
Lots of words have been so devalued of late that they tend to confuse rather than enlighten. Take the word... (read more)
Are You Looking for Love?
...because He does love us, He is not governed by what we think is best for us or what we are sure is the best thing for our life. ... (read more)
"You can't be all tangents and no center." I remember being dumbstruck when I read this statement over... (read more)
The Emmaus Option
It can feel like the sky is falling in. Can feel like the edges of all things sane and good and beautiful and right are ... (read more)

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