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Love is a Choice

Love is a Choice

Love makes the world go ’round.” “All you need is love.” “Love can make you crazy . . .” As long as any of us can remember, poems, songs, films, and orators have tried to adequately describe and express love. Movies and TV programs focus on the pursuit of love and...

What Do You As a Christ Follower Smell Like?

What Do You As a Christ Follower Smell Like?

I was what you might call a liquid nitrogen convert to Christianity. If you have ever bumped into anyone who has “seen the light,” you know what I am talking about—very excited, very passionate, tons of energy, and fully committed at the start. That was me—all jacked...

Beginning with God

Beginning with God

One of the ways I got around sabbath-keeping for so long is that I dismissed it as “a Jewish thing” that had very little to do with me. It was certainly a nice idea, but I wasn’t convinced it was something important from God for me. I am not alone in this; it seems...

Making Room in Advent

Making Room in Advent

Advent, which means “coming, or arrival,” is a gestation process. It is a season of allowing Christ to be formed in us as we also are formed in him. It is also a threshold time, a season of transition between what is and what will be. As participants in Advent then,...

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified what is now popularly known as the “five stages of grief”—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance—as she studied and interacted with individuals who had received a terminal illness diagnosis.  Because of the...

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

As I have spent more time gardening in the past year than ever, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about weeds that look like flowers to the untrained eye and how they smother the good things I’ve planted. Fortunately, I have a gardener friend who helped me rescue our...

Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Sometimes a fresh look at the obvious yields a bombshell. At age 20, my life was crushed and rebuilt by one small challenge. Could it change yours as well? For fifteen years as I speak and travel talking to people about my conversion to Christianity. I have been...

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

I have perceived two pervasive responses in our culture that seem to influence and dominate how we react to grief. The first treats grief as an unwelcome, uninvited trespasser to be shunned or dismissed.  The gospel of John tells a story with which many are familiar....

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

As pastors, we’re on the move! We’re movers and shakers of influence by nature. That’s how we became leaders.  We have big dreams and dynamic plans. Yet, following Jesus requires that we rest. After an intense season of ministry, Jesus offered this invitation to His...

Love is a Choice

Love is a Choice

Love makes the world go ’round.” “All you need is love.” “Love can make you crazy . . .” As long as any of us can remember, poems, songs, films, and orators have tried to adequately describe and express love. Movies and TV programs focus on the pursuit of love and...

What Do You As a Christ Follower Smell Like?

What Do You As a Christ Follower Smell Like?

I was what you might call a liquid nitrogen convert to Christianity. If you have ever bumped into anyone who has “seen the light,” you know what I am talking about—very excited, very passionate, tons of energy, and fully committed at the start. That was me—all jacked...

Beginning with God

Beginning with God

One of the ways I got around sabbath-keeping for so long is that I dismissed it as “a Jewish thing” that had very little to do with me. It was certainly a nice idea, but I wasn’t convinced it was something important from God for me. I am not alone in this; it seems...

Making Room in Advent

Making Room in Advent

Advent, which means “coming, or arrival,” is a gestation process. It is a season of allowing Christ to be formed in us as we also are formed in him. It is also a threshold time, a season of transition between what is and what will be. As participants in Advent then,...

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

Why Walking with Grief Is So Hard

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified what is now popularly known as the “five stages of grief”—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance—as she studied and interacted with individuals who had received a terminal illness diagnosis.  Because of the...

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

Healing a Wounded and Critical Spirit

As I have spent more time gardening in the past year than ever, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about weeds that look like flowers to the untrained eye and how they smother the good things I’ve planted. Fortunately, I have a gardener friend who helped me rescue our...

Rest and Refresh 

Rest and Refresh 

We need rest. Scripture teaches that we are dust (Gen. 3:19). Unlike God, we tire. We are finite creatures. We need sleep and refreshment. John Piper reminds us: “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God….Once a day God sense us to bed like patients with...

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Can You Read the Bible Like A Child?

Sometimes a fresh look at the obvious yields a bombshell. At age 20, my life was crushed and rebuilt by one small challenge. Could it change yours as well? For fifteen years as I speak and travel talking to people about my conversion to Christianity. I have been...

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

The Power of Grief and Its Purpose

I have perceived two pervasive responses in our culture that seem to influence and dominate how we react to grief. The first treats grief as an unwelcome, uninvited trespasser to be shunned or dismissed.  The gospel of John tells a story with which many are familiar....

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

3 Reasons Pastors Need Rest

As pastors, we’re on the move! We’re movers and shakers of influence by nature. That’s how we became leaders.  We have big dreams and dynamic plans. Yet, following Jesus requires that we rest. After an intense season of ministry, Jesus offered this invitation to His...

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