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A Coward’s Fight

There is nothing more disarming than the way a coward fights. One summer during high school I was tapped to start in place of another guy on a church softball team. As you would imagine, the guy I was replacing was ticked. Just before we began warming up, he filled the inside of my cleats Continue Reading…

20 Ways to Love Your Wife

Ephesians 5:25 says, ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.’ The Greek word for love in this passage agape, meaning I will do the most constructive, redemptive thing I can think of for you. The word carries the connotation of performance, not simply warm feelings. Continue Reading…

Enduring Injustice

John the Baptist served God, loved God, and honored God with everything he had, yet he was murdered over the foolish, drunken oath of an insecure, lustful, power-hungry man who wanted to save face among his equally inebriated friends and subjects. How do you handle injustice? As I consider John’s ungracious, unjust exit from this Continue Reading…

Embracing the Darkness

Grandaddy Hoyle lived on ten acres. When the lights were turned out at Granddad’s, I’m here to tell you, it got dark–so dark that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. As you know well, darkness isn’t limited to the front bedroom at Granddaddy’s house. Life is full of dark times: When Continue Reading…

With Strength Comes Responsibility

Strength out of control can be one of the most damaging things in the world. It’s what makes tornadoes so destructive and atomic bombs so deadly. It’s also what leads to child abuse and domestic violence. When a strong man has an uncontrolled temper, look out! When our strengths are used irresponsibily, people often get Continue Reading…

What Are You Worried About?

I was thigh deep in the murky waters of the Brazos River a few weeks ago fly-fishing for large mouth bass. As I worked my way around a brushy dead fall protruding into the river, I flipped my fly carefully under the branches hoping for the trademark attack of a violent and angry fish. Instead, Continue Reading…

God’s Palace

I was reading in God’s Love Letter recently where He says David stashed some 375 tons of pure gold, over twice that amount of pure silver, plus mega-jewels, expensive cloth, wood, etc. for his son, Solomon, to use in building a house in which God could dwell among His people. Solomon hired the world’s finest Continue Reading…

What Do You Say?

As a kid, one of the first phrases you’re taught early on is, "Thank You!" Sometimes this two-word expression comes easy and quite naturally, but other times uttering this phrase is just plain hard. Remember when you unwrapped that present from Aunt Bobbie Jo, expecting a BB Gun, but you got a sweater instead. Your Continue Reading…

Underneath God’s Umbrella of Forgiveness

Let’s say that you were living back when David was King of Isreal, and God came to you to pose this question: "As you know, I intend to bring my only Son out of the lineage of King David. My problem is that David had eight wives and nineteen sons. I want you to name Continue Reading…

This is Not Fair!

I have told you these things that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you will have tribulation and trials and frustration; but be of good cheertake courage, be confident, certain, undauntedfor I have overcome the world . I have deprived it of power to harm, have conquered it for Continue Reading…