Fear is a funny thing. It paralyzes you. You can’t get it out of your mind. It morphs into different forms—just when you think you’ve got it under control, fear pops up in some other areas of your life. Or some smell or sight or sound causes you to rear up with fear. Fear paralyzes your ability to really be objective. Fear paralyzes and whitewashes any hope that you have. It takes away hope and replaces it with questions. It takes away confidence and replaces it with nervousness. Fear takes away focus and makes it cloudy.Continue
Friendship July 20, 2016
RobAnne and I had a family emergency this weekend. RobAnne developed some pains in her chest and we had to go to the emergency room. They ran all kinds of tests and everything is good—but for about thirty hours, it was scary. Scary because we didn’t know what was going on. Scary because we had all kinds of questions. Scary because your mind goes to the worst-case scenario. There’s something very sobering about your wife lying in a hospital bed.Continue
Blindness (part 2) July 13, 2016
Further on in John chapter 9 Jesus says the most amazing thing in verse thirty-nine. He says, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see you will become blind.” Are you kidding? Somehow the upside-down kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ even affects our visual capacities.Continue
Blindness (part 1) July 6, 2016
In John chapter nine, the Pharisees did not like the answer the healed blind man gave them regarding how he was healed so they threw him out.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
What has happened to power? June 29, 2016
I was reading in Luke chapter 24 this morning. Jesus said the following to the disciples just before the Ascension, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). That’s amazing! Jesus says that one of the things we should have as Christians is power, that our lives should reflect the power of God. Continue
Serving June 22, 2016
Last Sunday I was asked to participate in a celebration for one of our Board members, Rich Cundall, who has been in ministry at the same church for thirty years. It was a great celebration and I was honored to bless Rich and to pray for him.
He preached a great sermon on Acts 20:19 which says, “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.” Continue