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Who Are You April 27, 2016

Abby Mason spoke at our InFaith national conference and talked about our identity in Christ – who we are, who we say we are, who we think we are. She started in a way which at first is shocking, but when you think about it further is actually so right on. She said, “I am not a sinner, but I sin.” The idea there is that God has redeemed us: He’s grafted us into His family and made us His children. He’s bought us with a price, shed His blood for our forgiveness, and given us hope. So we need to walk in our new identity as a new creation.Continue

Staying in the Flow April 20, 2016

One of the things that I’ve learned and have enjoyed is being more in tune with the work and the person of the Holy Spirit. There are lots of different flavors of how people approach the work of the Spirit, but one universal thought is that the Spirit flows within us and we need to stay in that flow. Recently I was preaching in a church and I really sensed that the way I needed to end my teaching was different than what was planned – it would create a logistic nightmare and would create a problem for people that love structure and sameness. But I decided to take a chance and stay in the flow. I said to the congregation, “If you would like to know more about this, or experience this, just come forward and we’re going to pray with you.” God did a great work there.Continue

Family April 13, 2016

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This has been such a great few weeks for RobAnne and I as we’ve gotten to spend time with our granddaughter, Flora, and our son, RW, and his wife, Whitney. They are such great parents and we enjoy watching them parent our little granddaughter. When your first grandchild calls you by your special name, there’s something that happens – there’s an extension to family. There’s a shift in how you think about family, and suddenly another little one views you as important in their life.Continue

Expectations April 6, 2016

I heard a great sermon on Palm Sunday this year about expectations. Our expectations are sometimes so out of line with what God wants. Sometimes our expectations limit God to our own finiteness and take away the very power of God. Our expectations need to be in line with what God will do, whether we expect it or not.Continue

Praying Over Me March 30, 2016

Over the years I’ve had many people pray for me. Particularly in recent days I’ve had people pray for me who are more mature than I, who have gifts that I don’t have, and feel strongly about the work of the Lord and giving me instruction. It’s common for me now. I love people praying over me and with me. I like to go to our meetings where we engage in that kind of prayer.Continue

Four Girls and an Opera March 23, 2016

While I was teaching at a Bible school in Germany recently, I had a car to use. There was a great little town up the road that was very fun to walk around in. So I offered to take four girls to this town basically so we could eat pastries and drink coffee. On the way there, they began to tell me a story about how the four of them took a trip to Vienna and decided to go to the opera where they could stand during the opera for only three Euros. All kinds of bizarre things happened.Continue