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Surprising Prayer

While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. Acts 12:5 I wonder if you really believe that you have the ear of the God of the universe when you talk to him. Does God … Continue reading

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Trust

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it (love) grows perhaps the greater.”  … Continue reading

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Narrow Spaciousness

There are hard things in this book (Bible), hard things to hear, hard things to obey. ~ Eugene Peterson My brother used  to let me stuff him into a hideaway couch and put the cushions on it. I’d sit on … Continue reading

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Killing Giants

 “Sometimes fear does not subside, and we must choose to do it afraid.”  ~Elisabeth Elliot When have you been most afraid? I could tell you about breaking my leg in the wilderness and lying on the ground for two days … Continue reading

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Fierce Spirituality

When I was a twenty-eight-year-old pastor I thought it would be a good idea to preach through the book of Romans verse-by-verse. I was out of my depth. If you have ever spent much time in the book you might … Continue reading

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The Proof

Unless I see in His hands… St. Thomas “If life doesn’t break your heart at least once a day, that shows a real lack of imagination.” ~ Garrison Keillor Back in the summer of 2013 my church in the Pacific … Continue reading

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Overcoming a Joyless Christmas

Let every heart Prepare Him room ~ Isaac Watts I love to laugh, tease others, and delight in life—but as a rule I run a low-grade melancholic fever.  I suppose it’s part of my temperament. Or it might be the … Continue reading

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The Loss

And he was there in the prison.  But the Lord was with Joseph …  Genesis 39:20-21 There is nothing we would like to avoid more if we could than a crisis. But what if we could? Imagine that you had a child, and when that … Continue reading

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The Sacrifice

Then God said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah…” Genesis 22:2 The Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy The Road, describes the journey south taken by a young boy and his … Continue reading

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The Journey

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.  Hebrews 11:8 There is a difference between an adventure … Continue reading

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