Wednesday , 22 November 2017
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“Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord”

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The summer of 1990, I remember singing “Humble Thyself” at the main campfire during a worship service in the middle of one of my first terms as a counselor.  It was and continues to be a reminder of how God’s economy works.  He “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (Proverbs 3:34)  In a world where there is ... Read More »

Stop Being a Fraidy Cat

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I remember waking up before school each morning in Jr. High being worried about what I would wear that day.  The reason I was concerned was that I wanted to be absolutely sure that what I was wearing would not draw any negative attention from my peers.  This fear of what people would think was not completely unfounded.  I had ... Read More »

Who’s wearing the Tool Belt?

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Praise the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? (Psalm 106: 1-2) “I am the most important person in the room right now.”  “Someone, make me more comfortable.“ “Get me something to eat. “ “Everything else needs to stop, ... Read More »

Don’t Be Good for Goodness’ Sake

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Titus 2: 11-15: 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem ... Read More »

A Different Kind of “Get Rich Quick” Scheme

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When I was growing up, I remember one of the most exciting things about the weekend was watching Saturday morning cartoons on TV.  One of my favorite cartoons was a show called DuckTales, which was the story of three ducks named Huey, Louie, and Dewey.  These three brothers were the nephews of the slightly more famous Donald Duck, and were grandnephews of the richest man ... Read More »

Better is One Day in Your Courts….Really?

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Psalm 84:10-11 is one of the most well-known and beautiful passages in the book of Psalms. I believe the psalmist is allowing us to peek inside his heart as he compares the irresistible presence of God (being in His courts) with being anywhere else in this world! “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere” (Psalm 84:10a). ... Read More »

Set Your Mind

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Colossians 3: 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ ... Read More »

“The me-first generation may be sweeping the nation…”

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There are a couple of reasons why that lyric is among my favorites in all dining hall songs.  I like it because the dance move that accompanies it is sweet. But more significantly, it’s just plain true.  Whether you were a part of the generation born in the 1980s (when the song was written) or in the 2000s, our country ... Read More »

“On and on, and on, and on, and on it goes”

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“Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”  Those are some of the lyrics of the worship song “One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture.  I remember joking with my daughter, Kendra, about that song several months ago.  We were in driving back from her dance practice and the song came on the radio.  As ... Read More »

Refuge Amidst Life’s Difficulties

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“Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings.”  Psalm 61:4 Life has a way of pounding us.  Difficulty upon difficulty seem to be heaped upon us.  Having withstood the onslaught of these troubles for awhile we then face a circumstance which pushes us over the edge.  Our heart, which had managed well enough through most of it, becomes ... Read More »