Loving Accountability

I was struck by a statement that I came across yesterday from Dawson Troutman, “Whenever you find a Christian who is not leading men and women to Jesus Christ then something is wrong.” (Born to Reproduce, Navpress 2008) What struck me was the obvious assumption by the writer that we should be both aware of and at work at the sowing and harvesting of...

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Healing the Broken

That’s an incredible┬áimage, isn’t it? Ussuri Beach which was once an atrocious dumping ground for discarded glass bottles is now a beautiful restored tourist attraction. How? Well that is an amazing story of God healing the broken. I suspect that the local Russians somehow declare the miraculous healing power of God as they have seen with their own eyes how...

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Different

For what its worth, I thought it would be interesting to ponder aloud the possibilities of living differently. After all, 2017 is not 2016 and never will be. For some of us, that is a source of joy and relief and for others that may be a source of grief and despair. The reality is that we have entered a different time and space. The bigger question is, “Will we...

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A Future with Hope

A future with hope! Isn’t that the real motivation for our New Year’s resolutions? We make them thinking, somehow, we can make things better in at least one area of our life in the coming year and that gives us hope! God used the Apostle Paul greatly both in his earthly ministry planting churches all across Eurasia and in his divinely-inspired writings. 2...

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Someday at Christmas

Riding along in the car this week I heard an oldie but goodie. Stevie Wonder recorded Someday at Christmas in 1967 with the Funk Brothers, which I guess dates me. I still very much enjoy the original version by Stevie W to this day. The song, after half a century, still attracts the likes of Andra Day, Alicia Keys, and Justin Bieber to try their hand and belt out this...

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The Gift of Family

One of the most joyful elements of the Christmas season for me is time spent with family. The photo is an image of this years family gathering which fueled great conversations, memories made, and an abundance of stories chocked full of laughter. Equally important is the time spent remembering, often with tearful expressions, the trying times that God has seen us through....

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