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SpiritFire: Ask!
If we are not careful, the phrase can become little more than a slogan for Christian pep rallies ... (read more)

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Life, at Best, Is Transitory
"Must, must, must — all of us get in our minds that this world is not our home, and that life, at best, is transitory."... (read more)

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Fan the Flame!
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Breath of Heaven
As Luke tells us the story of Jesus, he wants to evoke the same kind of sensations we feel when we step outside ... (read more)
Finding Peace
In the maelstrom of emotion during this holiday season, let God surround you with his peace. Cast all of your worries on him and focus on the things that will truly bring you peace.... (read more)
A Quarter of Remembrance
I actually got to meet Dr. Channing Barrett, though I don't remember the meeting because I was too young. But that doesn't change my ... (read more)
The Joy of the Party
Working for the church, I am required (required?) to attend a lot of Christmas parties. I certainly have no ... (read more)
Let There Be Peace!
Peace on earth. How's that working at your house? Christmas is just a few days away. Is there peace in your ... (read more)
Traveling Mercies: You've Got to Be Kidding Me!
When you open up the New Testament to the very first chapter, you are greeted with a list of names, the genealogy ... (read more)
It's the People, Not the Presents ...
Programs end and buildings collapse in time. But the people in my church family never end.... (read more)
Let There Be Joy
This season provides an excellent opportunity for us to address a common problem for joy-seeking people: how do ... (read more)
Bureaucratic Encumbrance
The very term "bureaucratic encumbrance" is oppressive, isn't it? It is hard for me to say aloud. My tongue ... (read more)
Traveling Mercies: Never Leave These Behind
Sounds like a slogan. You've probably read, recited, or sung those words at some time or the other. But what ... (read more)
Switching the Tags
To illustrate the mixed-up values of his day, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard told a modern day parable about thieves who broke into a jewelry store at night. Instead of stealing anything, they merely switched the price tags, putting high-value ticke... (read more)
Don't Forget to Wish for the Best
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday I did my version of Black Friday shopping. I slept in, had breakfast, took a ... (read more)
That Didn't Hurt!
Playing around sewing machines was a dumb thing to do, even for a four-year-old. Too much running and not enough ... (read more)
Losing My Mind?
Have you ever felt like you're losing it, you know what I mean, losing your mind? Well, maybe you haven't, but ... (read more)
Traveling Mercies: Broken Dreams?
Those words are the sound of broken dreams. You've been there, haven't you? Preparation, plans, and prayer — just like... (read more)
I'm Afraid I Can't Live Up To It ...
When you make that decision to fully commit to Jesus, he provides valuable resources to help you be His person in this world.... (read more)
Creative Christmas Letters?
Most people enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating, shopping and participating in Christmas programs... (read more)
A Small Step?
Progress and positive change takes time. Maybe you've been there. Maybe you are there. You are convicted that ... (read more)
When a Church Stops Being a Church
In the New Testament, we read about a church that was very hard-working and careful to defend all the correct teachings. They were quick to expose those that tried to teach mistruths. They had maintained their faith during difficult times. They had done a... (read more)
The Other Nine
Where were the other nine? If human beings haven't changed much in the last couple of millennia, I think I have ... (read more)
Which Holiday Is This?
Michelle asked the children in her class about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. She thought it might be effective ... (read more)
The Measure of Success
How do we measure success? Is it based on job performance? Perhaps for some it is the kind of job one has. Or for ... (read more)
The following story happened thirty years ago, in a safe town, on a Sunday morning, with nothing to fear except ... (read more)
I Love My Shredder
The list of my sins can never be reconstructed.... (read more)
Drafting Your Thanksgiving Fantasy Team
When you gathered around your Thanksgiving table this year, thank God for your human design. Thank him for ... (read more)
How to Think of God
Maybe it is because they're so fresh from the hand of God. Whatever the reason, there is a lot to be learned ... (read more)
Some of the favorite things most folks like about Leadership Magazine are the cartoons. One I especially remember ... (read more)
The Greatest Glory
His hands were shaking and beads of sweat formed above his lip and his forehead. "It seems like every time I'm ... (read more)
God Knows
Late in his life, the apostle John finds himself in a prison of sorts, exiled to the island of Patmos. The island is tiny, only 25 square miles (64 square kilometers). It is a barren place where political prisoners are sent to contemplate their actions. J... (read more)
Back to Basics
With the World Series now ended, maybe a baseball story is in order. No, it isn't about the Yankees or Phillies... (read more)
Even in Mayberry
On Sunday, November 1, 2009, four men were murdered in the small town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. For those of you who ... (read more)
Beyond the Clouds
After three days of beautiful autumn weather in New York City, I headed to the airport on a cold cloudy and gray... (read more)
Lost and Found
One Wednesday night after we had visited with a lot of folks, Donna and I both looked up and Zach had just vanished ... (read more)
Which Way Does Your Name Tag Face?
Jesus did not call us to live as "hidden" believers. ... (read more)
Art, Crime, and Justice
Roman Polanski is variously described as a master film director, creative genius, and passionate artist. After his recent arrest ... (read more)
Good without God?
Earlier this week, an organization called The Chicago Coalition of Reason put up a billboard at the corner of ... (read more)
Tested and Approved
You can go to the grocery store and find everything from cereal to steak that has an official stamp of approval by some vendor or government... (read more)
Promises Kept!
We have all sorts of little sayings to emphasize that we are telling the truth and we really are going to keep ... (read more)
Jesus Holds the Keys
Near the end of his life, the apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos, sent there because of his faith in Jesus. While there, John received a vision. That vision contained a message for his fellow Christians who were also facing persecution. That ... (read more)
Respect and Truth-Telling
I had occasion recently to read a classic piece of Russian literature called The Death of Ivan Ilych. If you ... (read more)
Living Abundantly
I recently made a trip to visit my son and daughter-in-law in New York City. A trip to the Big Apple typically involves ... (read more)
A Really Inconvenient Truth
How nervous was he? I really don't know, but my guess is that he was extremely nervous. God had chosen him to ... (read more)
What Good Is One Puzzle Piece?
... if God’s plan for His people is like a puzzle ... we do not want our piece to be missing. ... (read more)
When You Know It All!
One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Coach John Wooden, who turned 99 this past Wednesday: "What really counts... (read more)
The Ig Nobel Awards
You might have heard the winners of the Nobel prizes mentioned in recent weeks, but there were a series of awards given out ... (read more)
All Who Are Weary
Father, there are some weary people on this planet. Good people. Sincere people. People of faith. People who ... (read more)
Drop the Rope!
Google or Bing the words "tug of war rope breaks injuries" and you will get to some crazy and even gruesome ... (read more)

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