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Freshness August 24, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about freshness lately. Psalm 103:1-4 says,

Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion.Continue

In the Night August 17, 2016

I remember hearing a sermon series called “Things that happened in the Bible at night.” It was an amazing group of sermons that dealt with what God did with the children of Israel at night, what God did in the Sea of Galilee at night, and it looked at Nicodemus, who sought Jesus at night. It was really a unique way of looking at what God did. I’m amazed at how much God does in the cover of darkness.Continue

Environment August 10, 2016

About a year ago, InFaith moved their Home Office from a very ornate mansion on the Main Line just outside Philadelphia. It was 14,000 square feet, had lots of mahogany and expensive tile on the first floor. Everyone had their own office, there were doors, you identified yourself by what floor you worked on: first, second, or third floor. It was an interesting place to work – we officed in a house. Then we bought a 6,000 square foot, fairly new office condominium about twenty-three miles away. Continue

The Presence of God August 3, 2016

George Barna, the Christian researcher, recently did a survey of churchgoers and found that only 30% of people who regularly go to church would say they experience God at church. They hear about Him. They pray to Him. They sing about Him. But they don’t experience Him. The presence of God seems to be a key ingredient to what God wants to do with His people and to His kingdom. In Exodus 33:15 Moses says, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” There’s something powerful about the presence of God. Continue

Fear July 27, 2016

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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

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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