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Keys for Revival

Luke chapter fifteen contains a set of three parables about rejoicing. The first two have three important elements: something lost, a loser, and a celebration when the loser finds the lost. Jesus asks the men and women listening to imagine that they have each lost a sheep or a coin. When they find it they […]

Blocked Goals

How do you respond to setbacks or blocked goals? For me, it depends on the situation. But if my project meets resistance, or a successful ministry appears to be in decline, I start to hear a little voice. It nags me about personal inadequacy or failure. It makes me mad. I understand anger as a […]

Anger and Violence

What do you think? Are anger and violence expressions of power or of weakness? Moses explosive outburst against an Egyptian slave-driver was about as fruitful as an expensive firework. The loss of a taskmaster didn’t weaken pharaoh. The Hebrews sneered. Moses ran for his life. How counterproductive our self-efforts can be! Now it came about […]

The Parable of Parables

Story time was over. The keel of the fishing boat ground into the gravel along the shore and the men stopped rowing. Jesus climbed over the side and paddled to the beach. As He and the disciples gathered their gear and prepared to go back to the house to rest, one of the disciples raised […]

Focused Faith

Answering [Bartimaeus], Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. (Mark 10:51-52) Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus, the blind beggar of Jericho, […]

Belief and Unbelief on a Journey

Fifteen miles is a long way on a tired mount, especially when belief and unbelief are wrestling inside us. The royal official was riding through that transitional world between faith and sight that we all have to navigate. He had set off yesterday from Capernaum climbing the steep trail to Cana. Jesus was there and […]

Choose Your Blessing

Blessings come in many flavors. Jacob received two in his life. The first came as the result of trickery encouraged by a spiritually weak mother. He disguised himself enough to fool his blind father, Isaac, into thinking that he was blessing his eldest son, Esau. Isaac spoke these words: Then his father Isaac said to […]

Are you the salt of the earth?

Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:34-35) Forget the tiny white grains that you sprinkle on your food. In Bible times, long […]

Discipling the Nations – Mission Possible

I have a love hate relationship with mountain climbing. While I enjoy the phenomenal views from the top, the grueling climb deters me. I once tackled Mount Kenya with a friend. We started among the shambas1 of Chogoria and spent two days climbing toward the peaks. Around 11,000 feet I began to suffer from altitude […]