In Times Like These…

During a bubonic plague outbreak in 1527, the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther gave this pastoral advice: “I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated […]

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A total loss of heart

“I felt moments away from a total loss of heart.” Can you relate to these words? John Eldredge wrote them in his book, Waking the Dead, but you or I could have written them just as easily. Feel their weight again: “I felt moments away from a total loss of heart.” It’s funny how these […]

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The Christmas Anti-Climax

Sometimes in life, it is difficult to tell who is winning and who is losing. Consider Joseph’s stint in slavery, the three Hebrews’ stroll in a fiery furnace, and our Lord’s own trial and crucifixion. Each of these events shouted the defeat of God’s purposes, and yet each of these defeats was actually a doorway […]

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The Happy Warrior

Are you a Happy Warrior? After all that you have experienced in your personal and professional life, and amid the fears and uncertainties of our present world, is there still music in your heart and fire in your bones as you engage in your calling and vocation? In John 14, Jesus modeled the heart and […]

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Move forward two spaces

Did you ever play Sorry! or other childhood games where you hoped for a card that would move you forward extra spaces, or advance you to GO, or allow you to favorably swap spots with another player? Wasn’t it awesome when your turn let you avoid dangerous setbacks and sail safely around the board? Do […]

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