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Brokenness July 22, 2014

Psalm 34:18 is one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture. It says this: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (NIV).

When I look back over my ministry life, I remember being with moms and dads whose infants have just died, with parents whose children are sick, and with kids who take care of terminally ill parents. It just overwhelms them; they’re sorrowful and beaten down.

Psalm 62 July 18, 2014

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The longer I live and more I learn how God wants us to live on this planet, I understand that love needs to be the absolutely most important thing that we share with each other and the world. Recently, I’ve had to make some hard decisions that don’t feel like love, but being loving doesn’t always mean being nice and peaceful. Sometimes the most loving thing to do is to speak the truth, even if the truth is difficult.Continue

Good Parents July 15, 2014

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Our granddaughter, Flora, is now six weeks old. We got to spend three days with her, our son, and his wife. It was so much fun just being with the baby, watching the baby, and watching my wife, RobAnne, hold the baby, feed her, and love her. I got to hold her, and she fell asleep. It was just a lot of really great things, but they weren’t what impressed me the most.Continue

Bad Advice at the Radnor Hotel July 11, 2014


The other day I was waiting for a breakfast appointment. When I got to the table, I was fairly close to a table of three men who were obviously co-workers. They were talking about work. The issue they had was they needed to confront one of their colleagues regarding some office politics and work performance. The person was an equal to the three gentlemen who were talking, but they obviously had some strong feelings regarding his ability to handle his responsibilities.Continue

Camp Grace July 4, 2014

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Camp Grace

I had a wonderful experience last weekend at the state fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyoming, at a camp called Camp Grace. This camp has been running for seventy-nine years, and during that time, hundreds of people have gone through its incredible program. Continue