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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)
Reason to Smile
Christianity was formed in the womb of Judaism. It was born into first-century Hebrew culture and interpreted to us by apostles and evangelists who knew Jesus in the context of his... (read more)
'Where does my help come from?'
What's your hope for the future? Who or what are you putting your trust in? Let me encourage you to fully trust in the Lord and his salvation.... (read more)
Courage! I AM! Quit Fearing!
Sometimes the most powerful things come in small packages. Last week, we looked at the book of Jonah with... (read more)
We're Not There Yet!
Unless you're planning to live past 100, 50 is well past middle age. And if you're planning to put 50 candles on your cake, check with the fire marshal first... (read more)
How Satan Wants to Separate You from God
He uses the same approach because it works so well.... (read more)
Saved From... Saved For!
Jonah may be the most classic "Saved at Sea" story in the Bible! You have a storm, a boat, sailors in panic mode, a man thrown... (read more)
Delete! Delete! Delete!
The little boy was in a particularly bad mood that day. He had been having a hard time getting along with the other children at kindergarten. Then, when... (read more)
Responsible for Your People
The most basic principle of leadership is to keep safe and take care of the people for whom you are responsible. And they had failed!! They were to protect, take care of, feed and render first aid, but all they did was secure their wellbeing. And the resu... (read more)
Through the Keyhole of Grace
When I was a little boy many years ago, my mom would occasionally take my brothers and me to see her beloved Aunt Irene... (read more)
I know that just as my childhood trophies have lost their value to me, I'll one day look at all the things that seem so important to me now and see that they are like trash compared to knowing Christ. On that day, I'll lay my trophies down and receive wha... (read more)
Out Fishing the Fisherman
Many of us who claim to be Jesus' disciples today treat our personal life like a roll top desk. Far more than dividing things into secular and sacred, each of us... (read more)
The Hard Process of Healing
Paul told the disciples in Colossae that the process of healing involves this big step: As Christ forgave you, so you also must... (read more)
Can Jesus Survive Religion's Failures?
One of the great strengths of the Christian faith has been its ability to endure, accommodate, and use the cultural shifts... (read more)
Shut Up or Cheer Up
Answer this one question for yourself: do I believe in Jesus? ... (read more)
Edited by Grace
Twenty-five years ago I would go into the radio studio to record my daily two-minute radio piece called "Heartlight." My recording ... (read more)
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)
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)
'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)
'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)

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