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A Guarantee from God January 30, 2015

In 2 Peter 1:10, I love this guarantee from God: “As long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” (NASB). It’s guaranteed – money back, no questions asked –guaranteed that you will not stumble. So you read up a little: “What is it? What do I have to do? What are these things that will cause me not to have to stumble?”Continue

Theater 7000 January 27, 2015

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Friday night I got to go to the grand opening of Theater 7000. It’s a ministry that works with urban kids to use their theatrical abilities to share the gospel. The performance is done in a dome, so the visuals are 360 degrees, surrounding the audience, and they simply tell the story of Jesus. Continue

Two Conversations January 20, 2015

I’ve recently talked with two people who have been called into vocational ministry. The first is a very well read man. He has served as a chaplain in the armed services and pastor of a church, and academics are huge to him – degrees are all over his résumé. When we talked, he had powerful and right answers and was grounded in truth, but I asked him a question that I think took him by surprise. I said, “How do you feel God?” Continue

Discipline and Passion January 16, 2015

I was reading a book recently in which the author simply talked about how much of his Christian life was about discipline – studying the Word, forcing himself to pray each day, knowing how to argue apologetically about the truth of Scripture – but passion was missing. The emotion, the feeling of who God is, was not there.Continue

Declarations January 10, 2015

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The last Sunday of every year at our church, we have a time when there’s an open mic and people can share what God has been doing in their lives. It’s sort of a sermon to each other; we declare the mighty works of God. My job this year was to set it up by doing a very short Bible study on declarations and on what God expects us to declare as His followers.Continue

Christmas Eve January 7, 2015

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It started out looking like it was going to be a terrible Christmas Eve – our son, daughter-in-law, and their daughter in Chicago, and our daughter here in California had to work, so it was just going to be RobAnne and me on Christmas Eve. Then we had the idea: why don’t we go and have Christmas Eve with our daughter at work? She works in a shelter for homeless families, and we asked her if that was possible.Continue