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Two weeks ago, Susie and I married off our last child, Sara. It was an amazing event. Being a bonafide empty-nester now has caused me to do some reflecting, mainly on God’s goodness and mercy. Susie and I have been parents since 1986. We’ve somehow managed to raise three kids who love Jesus. What a blessing, especially given the war… Read More
God shapes the world by prayer. So said E.M. Bounds, the 19th Century Methodist circuit rider who left us quite a legacy in prayer. I have been a fan of Bounds, and others like him, for decades. I return to his writings frequently. They inspire me and remind me of what really matters most in God’s Kingdom. Friends, please forgive… Read More
With the election just one week away and with our country seemingly as divided as it’s been in my lifetime, I found the following story helpful in redirecting my thinking toward God’s perspective. Joshua, the leader who replaced Moses after his death, had just led the nation of Israel across the Jordan and into the Promised Land. A well-trained warrior, Joshua… Read More
If I may continue my theme from last week’s entry, I’d like to talk to you a little more about prayer. Specifically, unanswered prayer. In recent days (the last 2 years) God has led me to increase my asks of him. I have felt specifically led to pray for things that I might not have before. I’ve engaged others in… Read More
I learned a profound lesson last week about prayer through an unlikely activity–splitting firewood. My wife Susie, my daughter Sara and I spent a few days last week at our family’s 100-year-old cabin in Estes Park, Colorado. We recently lost five pine trees due to mistletoe, and I asked the tree guys to leave tree rounds so I could turn… Read More
Recent days have shown us once again that evil is alive and well in our culture. And while we don’t seem to have trouble recognizing evil when we see it, we do struggle to know its source and how to deal with it effectively. Jesus offered two simple answers: Satan and his evil hoard are ultimately responsible for all evil…. Read More
I got wind last week of yet two more Christians who have decided to destroy their marriages, their respective families and their own lives by hooking up with each other. Such behavior has become so commonplace in the church these days that it rarely draws the attention of pastors, other small groups members or elder teams. It’s just become another… Read More