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Urgent Care May 5, 2015

I think we’ve all been sick and had to go to an urgent care facility to find anything but urgent care: waiting for hours, standing in line, sitting with sick people, then sitting in a small exam room waiting for the doctor to finally come in – only to spend three minutes with you and give you some pills and send you home. And that’s the definition of urgent care.Continue

Wellness April 24, 2015

I spent the last six or seven days sick. I had bronchitis. It was no fun. Not feeling like I could significantly contribute to anything around me. Not feeling like I was thinking straight – wondering if I could articulate what I was feeling accurately with this illness. And I had a really, really busy schedule. A schedule that demanded I be at the top of my game.

But in that, I found wellness.

I still coughed and hacked and all the things that bronchitis does to you. But inside—I was well. The Spirit of God made me well. When you touch Jesus, you touch wellness, not sickness. And there’s something so powerful about you being well deep inside, in your soul. Like the song says, “It is well with my soul.” And wellness deep down inside you, makes everything all right. Because you know that God is with you, there’s a trust, there’s a power. In the physical you may be sick, but in the spiritual you are well. And when you are well spiritually— there is power.

Willing Spirit April 17, 2015

Psalm 51:12 says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (NIV). We all know that verse because we’ve sung the song. It’s a familiar verse. But the second part of the verse is interesting. It says, “and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

A willing spirit.

That’s the problem with most of us. Our spirits are not in a position to receive all that God wants to give us. Continue

Forty-one years April 14, 2015

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I try not to be too personal in my blogs, but I am going to break that rule this morning. I have been married forty-one years to RobAnne Burns. RobAnne chose me forty-one years ago and has given me her entire life. We enjoy being together. We enjoy our granddaughter, our children, the ministry, the dreams God has allowed us to have. God has been so good to RobAnne, to me. And now we celebrate forty-one years. I wouldn’t pick anyone else to spend forty-one years with. I wouldn’t choose to have much of my life redone because RobAnne has been with me. There is a love. There is a bond. There is a connection that’s amazing.Continue