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Contributed on Apr 19, 2018
If you truly want to become a better person, don’t depend on the law; depend on Christ, your powerful and perfect High Priest.
In his recent book Soul Keeping, John Ortberg talks about being with friends at an open-air street fair when they spotted a mechanical bull that tries to buck people off. They guy operating the bull said, “Watching it isn't nearly as fun as riding.” So John told the bull operator that he wanted to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2018
If you want to grow up as you grow old, depend on Jesus, your permanent, superior, and powerful High Priest.
An old Disney film, called The Kid, is the story of a successful, high-powered image consultant named Russ (played by Bruce Willis). Russ lives an empty life, but one day, Rusty (played by Spencer Breslin) shows up at his home. Over time Russ comes to realize that this kid is actually Russ himself ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2018
When it feels like you’re going nowhere in your pain, put your hope in God’s salvation, God’s fairness, and God’s faithfulness.
In October 1909, Vancouver, British Columbia purchased its first motorized ambulance. In 1909, a new ambulance was a rare thing, but the city spared no expense to get the best available vehicle – a Model 740 Ambulance from New York, costing $4,000, or more than $100,000 in today's money. Just hours ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2018
Failures flourish when they're with Christ, so come for fellowship with Christ and let Him feed you; confess your failure to Christ and let Him affirm you; and commit to following Christ and let Him restore you.
SpaceX is a California space technology company that has been working on safely returning used rocket boosters, so they can be used again. This would greatly reduce the cost of space flight, and they have recently been successful, but not without a lot of failure. Take a look at a YouTube video ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2018
When your life is one big WHY, acknowledge that Jesus is King; worship Him with integrity; and welcome Him into your life with great honor.
Did you ever wonder why you tell a man there's 400 billion stars and he'll believe you, but tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it? Why? Did you ever wonder why is it called a hamburger when it's made out of beef? Why do you put suits in garment bags and put garments in suitcases? ...read more
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Contributed on Jan 2, 2013
JESUS CARED Henri Nouwen once said, "What we see, and like to see, is cure and change. But what we do not see and do not want to see is care: the participation in the pain, the solidarity in the suffering, the sharing in the experience of brokenness. And still, cure without care is as ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2011
JEALOUS HORSES When we lived in a small town in central Kansas (Ellsworth), we made many trips to the nearest big town, Salina, Kansas on old Kansas Route 140. On one of those trips in the spring (March 12, 1990), we saw a horse at the edge of a luscious, green pasture with his head stuck ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2010
In the story of Pollyanna, there is a woman who runs the town. She’s not the mayor and doesn’t even sit on the city council. It’s just that she has inherited a tremendous amount of money from her father, and she has a controlling interest in all the major businesses in town. As a result, no one ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2010
Many years ago, when I was planting churches, someone in one of those churches asked me if I would consider opening another church if they paid me $30,000 a year, plus housing and benefits. It was more than I was making at the time, but I told that person, “No, God called me here and now is ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2010
Last week, I was at Moody Pastor’s Conference in Chicago; and there, I won a drawing for a brand new Garmin GPS. It’s a nifty little device! Sandy and I had to make several stops in Milwaukee this last weekend – the airport, a Best Western Motel, Office Depot, a GNC store, and other places – so ...read more