Looking back on the year 2020, I am trying to reflect on lessons God has been teaching me throughout the pandemic. Here’s what I have so far: 1) All plans are tentative 2) Slow down 3) Touch with words 4) Choose to focus on what you still have My 83-year old father died at … More Life is very fragile
I remember someone describing the setting of a basketball game as thousands of people sitting in the stands who desperately need exercise watching ten guys who desperately need rest! Sometimes this would be a realistic description of the church. A few people are in the game playing their hardest while others are just watching what … More Player or Spectator?
I am not trying to be mean toward sheep, I’m merely stating a known fact. Sheep are prone to wander and they get themselves into trouble a lot. They don’t know where to go for water, for pasture, or for safety. Sheep need a shepherd. The Bible uses sheep as a metaphor for followers of … More Sheep are stupid and so are we!
American culture is very future-oriented. We simply don’t think we have the time to hit the pause button and reflect. We want to get on to the next thing and then the next thing, etc. We are in a hurry to get to whatever is next, because we don’t want to miss out on anything. … More It’s time to look back!
I know many who struggle to find their life’s calling. I have found the following seven questions helpful when it comes to discerning the calling of God: Am I living out my primary calling to God himself? Calling can be a very mysterious concept for some. In a general way, the Bible describes the life … More Follow me!
I received a shocking phone call from an old friend one Christmas Eve several years ago (to protect his identity I’ll call him Doug). I had not talked to Doug since junior high school, and he was drunk, depressed, and suicidal. He lived far away from me in Arizona and had found my contact information … More Speak life!
You never know when your last communication will be with anyone, including your children. Children can die from many causes, but it is always shocking when it happens. I remember the shock and heartache I felt for Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family when I heard about their little five year old girl … More Last phone call!
Tracee, a visiting missionary recruit, once spoke in one of my college classes. She was a very attractive single woman in her late twenties, and she was on her way to Afghanistan as a missionary. When a student asked her to share about what it felt like being a single missionary at her age, she … More Stay in the race!
The writer of the book of Proverbs uses a strong, passionate word to describe his wish for a husband’s love for his wife, “may you ever be captivated by her love” (Proverbs 5:19). The word captivated in this passage can also be translated “intoxicated.” I would say that both of these words are great descriptions … More Treasure and Heart
How amazing that God gives many of us the opportunity, during our short time on Earth, to get extremely close to another human being in the context of a lifetime covenant marriage! Such a relationship is set apart for deep intimacy in every area—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The problem comes when we think that … More God’s gift to me!