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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)
Christian Graces
Two nurses pushed and steered the bed as we walked from one part of the hospital to another. The final destination was the Hospice floor and everyone in the slow moving procession knew what that meant; time was short. Her husband of 64 years, their only c... (read more)
Blame Game
Easing through the right hand turn lane, I merged into traffic with the significant while accelerating quickly because circumstances made it necessary. While we don't have much of a rush hour, this was... (read more)
What If?
July 26 was the 24th anniversary of the day we buried my mother. It's a day I will never forget no matter how ... (read more)
A Place of Rest
Now a group of people gathered outside the house. Among them was Cleland McAfee, uncle of the dead girls, brother to the grieving father. A Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, McAfee brought comfort in the best way he knew how: comfort in song. He had ... (read more)
Tortured!
I only know Ken Herman through his column in the Austin American-Statesman. He is an engaging and entertaining writer, but at times his column is so weird... (read more)
What Time Is it in Your Church?
Where are you in the life-cycle of the church? Are you in the heady, youthful days of the church's life when everything green and growing? Are you a church... (read more)
Loveliness: The Greater Problem of Good
So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them... (read more)
It Is Not Too Late
Becoming a Christian late in life will make a statement to your family about what matters.... (read more)
Closing Time
Tears. Hugs. Promises. More tears. Sad eyes. The last day of our mission at The Community* is always an emotional one... (read more)
The Declining Church
The first third of Acts (chapters 1-9) tells us about a church handling transition well: from tiny to massive, popular to persecuted... (read more)
'If it Aint Broke, Don't Fix It?'
"If it aint broke, don't fix it!" Though highly ungrammatical, this statement is held as a truism of life in my West Texas neck of the woods and many... (read more)
Peruvian Homecoming
How do you come home to a place that is over four thousand miles from your home? Simple. Part of your family lives there! That's what I felt when we pulled into... (read more)
Sinners and Holy People
The Jews saw tax collectors as collaborators, for these men worked with the Roman occupiers of the Jewish homeland. In addition, the tax system left plenty of room for corruption, and tax collectors had earned a reputation for dishonesty.... (read more)
Finding True Center
"We can't be all circumference with no center." I read these words years ago. I have to remind myself of them often. I believe they are true. I want to live my life... (read more)
Defining Faithfulness
Most of the good things that happen in God's kingdom result from transition. The flood waters that saved righteous Noah. Abraham trading his home for a... (read more)
When Home Makes a Heart Call
He had whined about going but church camp meant only six days away from home. I wondered if my 11-year-old son, Russell, our homebody child... (read more)
Lost and Found
He pointed out how happy everyone is when the lost thing is found. ... (read more)
Sing the Jesus Song!
When I ask folks what is their favorite book of the Bible, many enthusiastically say, "Philippians!" When I ask them why, they respond, "Because it's... (read more)
A Fan
I am a baseball fan, and in spite of living in Texas Rangers country, I root for the New York Yankees. But to be honest, my Yankees were the teams from 1958-1964. The names of Howard, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Stengal, and Kubek remind me of my "wonder ... (read more)
Jesus Goes Home
So why did Mark include this event? In a gospel emphasizing Jesus' power, why put in a story saying that Jesus "couldn't do any miracles among them"?... (read more)
Going to the Dogs
Our family loves dogs. We live on a large farm, so we have several. Some of them were adopted from the animal shelter while others are pure-bred. They each... (read more)
Fences
When they are in the middle of a chase, the dogs become frustrated when they find a fence between them and their target. If the ground is soft enough, they quickly burrow under the obstacle and continue the chase.... (read more)
Refuse to Make Jesus Boring
I fly. In fact, I've flown a lot lately. So I have caught myself in a sympathetic smile as the pre-flight video begins to play or the flight attendant begins to... (read more)
The Plateaued Church
The conversion of Saul drained much of the energy from the persecution that had scattered the Jerusalem church. The arrests and seizures dwindled. So long as... (read more)
When You Lead
Have you ever seen a leadership position ruin someone? (Please be aware that I am distinguishing actual leadership from merely holding... (read more)
I Preached My Dad's Funeral
Because of that faith, I am confident I will see my Dad again. And I cannot imagine how I would have faced his funeral without that confidence.... (read more)
The Hardest Lesson Learned
Isn't it amazing how quickly we can lose our way when we are on our own and think we are following the right path for ourselves? Years ago, ... (read more)
Daddy!
In 1951, I was just beginning my college career, still searching for that Special Someone, and hoping to become a father some day. In that same year... (read more)
A Saved Life
The door to the classroom slowly opened. Long boney fingers clung to the door as an unknown person entered. She carefully shuffled her feet as... (read more)
The Night I Was Argentine
The World Cup wasn’t part of my life growing up. I loved sports, even though I wasn’t particularly athletic. I watched football, basketball, hockey, golf, bowling. But not soccer. In the southern United States in the 1960s and 1970s, soccer was not a par... (read more)
Nothing Left But the Center Stripe
Big bright orange signs were on each side of the road on our divided street. The sign on the right side... (read more)
The Rhythms of the Kingdom
There is a certain rhythm to life in the kingdom of God. Ups and downs, good times and hard times, peaks and valleys. But, frankly, we're not very fond of... (read more)
My Refrigerator Kid
She had jumped off my fridge and into my heart.... (read more)
Do You Want to Live Longer and Be Happier?
...becoming a Christian is not about what makes you happy or helps you live longer. ... (read more)
Somewhere Down the Road
Dear Dad, I really miss you today. I'm not sure exactly why, but it just hit me as I was writing daily devotionals and listening to Amy Grant sing an old... (read more)
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
The first third of Acts records the story of a church dealing with change... and handling it pretty well. As the book of Acts opens, it tells of a time when... (read more)
All Undone
At a loss, Cynthia fingered the intricate lace bordering her handmade pillowcase. Its silken threads slide through her fingers. Just like life's energy... (read more)
Heaven and Hell
God wants all of His people to be with Him forever. He's planned on that from the beginning and even prepared a place far more beautiful than any imaginative conjuring we could create.... (read more)
Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment
True love tattoos itself on your heart. You are scarred. In a good way. It's a scar that serves to remind you of something so powerful it transformed... (read more)


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