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A burden for ministry may take you to a place of service, but only a love for Jesus will keep you there. Cultivating your personal spiritual walk is not a bullet point on your ministry training checklist; it is the source of life and ministry. Notice what Ezra (ca. 450 BC) did when he went to rebuild the temple. From…

The suspense kept you on the edge of your seat as you watched the lone actress winding her way down the dark alley. It was obvious from the intensifying music that tragedy was eminent. With each step, the tension mounted for the character…and for you, knowing at any moment the enemy would step from the shadows to attack. Enemies, bad…

“Hey Mom! Turn right! No: I mean turn left.—Oh, I guess you have to turn around and go back.”  Those were the instructions my children were calling out to their mother from the Observation Deck of the Human Maze. Our family was enjoying (well the children were enjoying it) a family night of fun together. My wife had been convinced…

Do you have any “life-changing” days in your personal memory bank? Can you remember decisions that altered the course of your life? Obviously, as believers, the day we said “Yes” to Jesus is one of those days. In my spiritual journey, I have others that have marked my life and altered my direction. May 11, 1975, may be just a…

Choosing my top five books of the year is like deciding which piece of cheesecake to eat; I like pieces of all of them. Therefore, I have added the disclaimer, “So Far.” I reserve the right to change my mind or to recommend one of the other books if I think it might be a better fit for your situation.…

Just talk to any parent and they will tell you they have been bombarded with the question, “Why?” Little children constantly ask that question. There are days that every conversation, instruction, explanation, or clarification invokes a “Why?” So “Why” then do we as adults tend to stop asking “Why?” Why do we leave our curiosity unsatisfied or instructions unclarified? More…

“O, my friends, we are leaky vessels, and have to be kept right under the fountain all the time in order to keep full.” – Dwight Lyman Moody Is there a secret to keeping our souls full? Maybe you feel as if your spiritual reservoir is almost empty from the constant drain, and just one more little thing might suck…

“That comment hit me where it hurts!”  Most people understand that criticism comes with the territory of just living life. However, some are surprised to discover they receive more criticism than positive reinforcement. Unfortunately, people are prone to air their complaints rather than their compliments. When we receive criticism, it can be incredibly difficult not to become defensive. Our natural…

Culture can possess a dominating, mesmerizing force over a person or generation without absolutes. I am not talking about youth culture nuances such as clothing or music preferences. This is beyond global demographic distinctions. One of the cultural traits manifested by two recent generations but mastered by the Millennials is performance. Unfortunately, this cultural trait seems to have “found religion”…

If we are honest, we have all asked the question “Where was God when . . . ?” at least once in our lives. Few of us have escaped an experience of life-numbing pain, suffering or death which left us in a void. What we needed was a fresh perspective: a new foundation, anchor or understanding of God.  Several years…

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