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Grandma’s Funeral

We’re lost. I think we took a wrong turn off I-95. We’re now in Norfolk instead of Richmond. But we should be there soon!” the hearse driver assured my mother on the phone. My mom hung up the phone, looked at her watch, and sighed, “I think we’re in for a long wait.” We were Continue Reading…

Remember Rest?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30 NIV Continue Reading…

Life’s Raging Waters

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” – Isaiah 43:2a Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil to visit a good friend. While I was there, we took a day trip to see Iguazu Falls. Continue Reading…

Finding the Gear for God’s Plan

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah. 29:11 (NIV) We had a serious climb on a recent trip up mount Haleakala (which translates “House of the Sun”), and an even tougher Continue Reading…

My Struggle to Trust God

Do you ever wonder if God is everything He claims to be? The great struggle in my life has been trusting God, which is not on the Christian community’s list of tolerated sins. Questioning God is ungracious. I have sung “Trust and Obey” with gusto, but when I get away from the crowd, lay aside Continue Reading…

The Prodigal Father: God’s Extravagant Love

Jesus told a remarkable story found in Luke 15:11ff about man with two sons. Even if you’ve done so many times in your life, go read it and then come back. I’ll just wait here. So, what did you think? It’s not only one of the most memorable parables Jesus ever told, but it may Continue Reading…

Self-Consciousness Robs You of Rest

Oswald Chamber’s devotional books have been on most everybody’s kitchen table at one time or another (depending on age, of course!). His thoughts are often relevant to a lot of us—personally and decisively relevant more often than not! These thoughts from My Utmost for His Highest, August 19th and 20th, cut right to the quick Continue Reading…

Christ Is More Than Savior And Lord

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn. 16:6). But, many misinterpret the word “life” as “a way” of life because it seems unusual. How can a person be my life? Well, I’m not told to understand, but to believe. Hey, I believe many things I don’t understand…like electricity. I Continue Reading…

Servant Leader

“Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center; they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people; they give it to others. They do not focus on satisfying their own aims and desires; they look for ways to respond to the needs and interests of others Being a servant may Continue Reading…

Undividing Grace and Glory

“Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant.” —Thomas Brooks Early in my ministry career, I often asked God to use my life glorify Himself in my life. I prayed that He would increase His renown through my teaching Continue Reading…

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