Abounding in Love Back in May, I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:9-11, Paul’s prayer for the Philippians. Paul reveals the content of his prayer whenever he remembers the faithfulness of the Philippians. He starts with . . . “That your love may abound” Having an abounding love for people and for the … More Being Known for an Abounding Love
Watch it again. Watch again. Watch it again. Watch its movement. Watch its subtleties. Watch the mannerisms. Look at the clothing throughout. Listen to its rhythms. It doesn’t get old. Let’s learn to tell the gospel this skillfully.
Honestly, sometimes I think Rich Mullins was one of the greatest gifts God gave to the church in my life time. Miss him. Miss him a lot. Just a few months before he died, 21 years ago at the age of 41 he recorded this at Wheaton College. Rich was an honest man. They are … More “We are not as strong as we think we are”
The problem with people is, well, people. Some of us are easier to love than others. But most of us alternate between loveable, tolerable and detestable depending on our environment. For years I have made the tongue-in-cheek joke that if you don’t love my brother Karl, there is something desperately wrong with you. My brother … More How Does Love for My Neighbor Begin?
Today I was reading an prayer book from my library and found a note from my now 30-year-old son from probably his 8th or 9th year. I had placed it there as a bookmark. He wrote it to me one Fall when he and his two sisters and my incredible wife were traveling to West … More Finding Surprises
We don’t love what we will not sacrifice for. But God . . . “But God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8 Be intoxicated with His love. And then go love everyone you know in His name.
No regrets 33 years ago today, I married my West Virginia Mountaineer and have never had a regret. How God brought us together, raised 400 miles from one another, went to College 350 miles from one another, spent our early 20’s 1,500 miles from one another, and finally bringing us together in a state (Colorado) where … More 33 Years of Joy
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 22 and Psalm 21-22, Proverbs 22 Psalm 21 is radical in its celebrations. The first half is focused on the glories of salvation and rescue (vss. 1-7) and second half turns and exposes God’s burning wrath on those who are His enemies (vss. 8-13). The first half is as encouraging … More “That They Might Bow”
I suppose every pastor has a certain number of “fear-dominated” parishioners. I’m thankful that in my current church there seems to be very few but I know the malady can be debilitating and destructive to gospel living. Christians ought not to be dominated by fear but by hope–an overwhelming hope, no matter what is or … More When Fear Threatens to Undo
A lesson in commitment: Our is an age that has forgotten the value of commitment. Here’s a story that will challenge Christians to rethink how much Jesus really means to them. For More See: Graham Short’s Amazing Art and a Lesson for All