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Revive and Restart

Revive and Restart

Opportunity is my word for 2021. Now, it may not seem like the road ahead is paved with opportunity these days. We face unprecedented political division, violence, disunity, injustice, persecution, and pandemic. But did you know, Jesus specifically told us that every...
It Is Fitting

It Is Fitting

Does your approach to growing in Christ include intentional celebration? The feasts and celebrations of the Old Testament were established to be observed at certain times, never by convenience. Perhaps one of the reasons for this was so the people would be sure to...
Do You Have the Most Important Thing?

Do You Have the Most Important Thing?

We spend our lives trying to gain certain things, and we are full of momentary joy when we get them. Our first car, our first job, our first home. Reputation, prestige, influence. The list is long. But, is it possible to have all those things and not have the most...
The American Church After COVID-19

The American Church After COVID-19

When the pandemic first began, I had high hopes for the American church. After all, the two periods of the most rapid growth of Christianity in history have been during and just after global pandemics! (Specifically, the Antonine plague of the second century and the...
Increasing the Channel of Generosity

Increasing the Channel of Generosity

It happened more than once. As a young boy, I would often wake up on a summer morning to a big watermelon on our front porch with my name on it. I had no idea of its source. When I got older, my pastor father told me that these had always given by Mr. Kidwell. “He’s...
Saying Yes in the Fog

Saying Yes in the Fog

As the alarm goes off, I drag myself to the place where I normally spend time alone with the Lord. There I look out my window at a sea of white fog. One would never know there is a wonderful view out that window. It’s as if the world outside doesn’t even exist. Fog...
Something You Should Really Fear

Something You Should Really Fear

I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB). Paul had a healthy fear for those he loved. It’s a fear that should concern each of us. He...
Fear or Love?

Fear or Love?

“Keep [guard] your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23 ESV). I was intrigued by the layers of protection surrounding my host’s African home. Ominous-looking barbed wire and broken glass stood atop a wall-fence whose massive...
The Tragedy of a Self-Centered Unity

The Tragedy of a Self-Centered Unity

The fundamental flaw in man is as old as the Garden of Eden. We were made by God and for God; but in our rebellion, we want to live by ourselves and for ourselves. It’s the misdirection of our hearts that causes all the problems. A Babel Illustration A self-focused...