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Oh For Grace To Trust Him More

I can’t remember the last time Annette and I literally took to our knees in prayer together. But yesterday, there we were, recognizing our utter and complete dependence upon the God of the universe. This is always a good place to be. Unfortunately, it usually takes something we deem to be bad to get us […]

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A Bright Light at Kohl’s

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) A middle-aged couple was simply holding hands as they shopped at Kohl’s on a blistering hot day last August.  That expression of affection so touched an older woman passing by […]

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Can You “Dig” It?

Did I “dig” the Men’s Retreat this year? Absolutely. In fact, I was pretty thrilled with what God did. How about the other men who went, did they “dig” it? I’m quite certain that every one of them would enthusiastically say “yes” as well. I’d like to invite you to “dig” it too. What do I […]

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Yard Work: What’s the Point?

Yesterday I spent my day off mowing the grass and pulling weeds, and for some reason I couldn’t help wondering why.  “Because it needs doing” is usually sufficient, but yesterday it wasn’t.  The question lingered. I wasn’t trying to get out of doing it.  I rather like yard work most of the time and so […]

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Sending Out an SOS

One Saturday when I was about 10 years old, my parents set out on a mission: to tell people about Jesus. There were many ways we might have done this, but on this day my parents chose to knock on people’s doors. After several unmemorable stops, we came to one house that I’ll never forget. […]

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After Wow, Ask How

The most popular vantage point looking over Bryce Canyon reveals a dazzling collection of tightly packed, beautifully colored and exquisitely carved spires (called hoodoos) that look like…well, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  Over two million visitors a year come to marvel at this one-of-a-kind landscape and earlier this month my wife and I joined […]

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This Week, Weep Over the Cross

It may seem cliché to start this way, but I must confess something: I am not an emotional person. My wife frequently shares with friends that she can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve shed tears in front of her. Jokingly, I always defend myself by saying, “I promise, I do […]

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Beware the Pendulum

We have a problem. The problem is how we correct problems. What do I mean? Well, have you noticed how when we see a problem in our Christianity, we usually try to correct the problem? That’s not the problem. The problem is that we tend to overcorrect when dealing with the problem. In our zeal […]

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Your Best Work is Unseen

Michelangelo spent four years of his life painting elaborate frescoes inspired by the Bible on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Before the age of photography, much of the detail could not be seen and appreciated from the floor, 68 feet below.  I heard it said someone asked the artist why he bothered to paint […]

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