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Living More at Home

Once, when I was preparing to speak at a women’s conference, I embarked on one of the most intense seasons of spiritual warfare in my Christian walk. Though the topic was one I had a genuine passion for, I experienced a tremendous struggle whenever I sat down to study and craft the messages.

Rethink Your Priorities

My world was totally rocked in 2001 when I started doing ministry in developing countries. I thought I was going to these places to help needy people. What I soon discovered was that these "poor" people had a lot more to give me. This prompted me to do a major overhaul of my values and priorities. And each time I fly to another continent, I go through yet another process of re-evaluation.

A Touch From the Father's Hand

One evening when my parents, my husband and I were having dinner at a small family restaurant, I witnessed a scene that became a powerful object lesson. Initially, the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and friendly, alive with the laughter and conversations of parents and their children.

Trust God With the Outcome

For most of us, envisioning how God wants to use us is easy. The real work comes in faithfully taking steps each day in the direction of His will.

Cry Out!

My grandson Elijah and his mommy and daddy recently came to visit. Baby Elijah is 9 months old and is such a bundle of sweet joy. He lights up when Pappy (that would be me) walks into the room. There is always quite a debate about who is his favorite. I am incredibly sure that I am.

Are You a Proton Believer?

Are you a proton believer? Are you a part of a proton company of believers? Are you a part of a proton church? Proton is the Greek word for “first” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:28. It means “firstly in time, place, order, or importance.” God desires a proton people.

Just Say Yes, Lord

Has God asked something of you? Perhaps to be or do something you just don’t think you can. Many times the things God asks of us are much bigger than we feel we could possibly do. We find a million reasons why we’re just not the right one for the task.

What Is Your Story?

So, what is your story? Who has been cruel to you? Perhaps bitterly cruel. What injustice have you suffered? How have you been mistreated? Perhaps miserably so. Who has cheated you? Abused you? Mistreated you? Lied to you? Lied about you? Maybe it was last week. Maybe it was a lifetime ago.

He Stilled the Storm to a Whisper

Storms have always been highly symbolic to me. I never understood why until I rediscovered a verse in Psalms that reads, “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed” (107:29, NIV).

Looking for Love?

All of us are born with a need for love and acceptance. God made us this way. Studies show that babies who are held and loved do far better than those who are not.

Your True Calling

Have you ever considered why the Lord called you to be a child of God? Was it to become a powerful preacher of the gospel, to be a missionary in a far-off country or to be a good husband and father or wife and mother? Is your calling to be a successful business person or an efficient administrator? While these may be valid pursuits in life in obedience to the calling of God, we need to look more closely into the Scriptures to identify our true calling.

Fouled and Forgiven

Basketball is my favorite sport to play. There is something about the perfect jump shot or a quick move driving in for a layup that will give you a rush like nothing else. It’s fast and intense—the way a sport should be.

The Evidence of Things not Seen

I was in my car at an intersection, waiting for the light to change. Through the window of the car to my right, I saw a woman standing on the curb. It was the view of her upper body that caught my eye. She was grinning from ear to ear and highly animated, with hands pointing to the traffic light, while she talked and talked—to herself! Poor thing!

A Fresh Start

What happens in our hearts and minds as we stand at the threshold of a new year is amazing. It’s as if we’ve been given a fresh new canvas on which to paint—a blank page—that provides us with a new, unblemished beginning in life. Suddenly we are inspired; our priorities and values become crystal clear.

Are You Too Emotional?

Have you ever been told that you're too emotional? Have you ever heard people say, "Emotions are unspiritual. You need to ignore your feelings and live by faith"? If they are right and we are supposed to ignore our emotions, then why did God give them to us in the first place?

Are You Comfortable?

As you begin a fresh week and a new year, what is it you will seek? Will it be comfort or will you seek the will of Christ in every area of your life?

Illusion?

Recently, my wife, Tammi, and I were with a small group of friends. Brock Gill, an amazing Christian illusionist, was a part of the group. Someone asked him to do a couple of  “tricks” for us. He had been traveling all day with his wife, and was obviously very tired, but graciously agreed to entertain us (for free … which was really cool).

Roses by Christmas

“Frank, you don’t have to do this!” Harriett called out to her husband.  It was early afternoon of Christmas Eve in the 1920s, and the arctic winds were beginning to howl across the Kansas plains. “A promise is a promise!” Frank called back to his newlywed wife. “And God has promised me that I would have roses especially for you by Christmas!”

For God So Loved the World

John 3:16 is probably one of the most oft-quoted verses in the Bible: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (KJV). We often use it in conversations with those who are lost in order to point the way to salvation. But at this time of year it takes on particular significance even to those who are not lost, for it is a reminder that our tradition of giving to others is a reflection of God’s generosity toward us. WE give because HE gave.
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