How to Reset with God

All relationships have to be reset from time to time, including our relationship with God. In spite of our best intentions, stuff happens. A relationship that was once vibrant and healthy can turn south quickly. When we offend - intentionally or unintentionally - it drives a wedge and creates relational distance. Thankfully, our conscience has... Continue Reading →

Double-Check this Receipt, and Be Encouraged

How's your relationship with receipts? Is it love, or hate? When the person at the cash register asks if you want to keep your receipt, what do you say? "Yes, please" or "No, thanks"? My wife gently reminds me that I'm supposed to hang on to my receipts for our records, but I've got to... Continue Reading →

How to Handle Failure Like a Pro

At the risk of boring the reader who may not be a sports fan, this post is inspired by a play in a recent pro football game. Not because the play itself was great, but because it was a bad play followed by a great reaction. Truth is many of us are put out with... Continue Reading →

January 1st and the Grace of God

In spite of what the cynics may say, January 1 presents a great opportunity to begin again. While it is true that God's mercies are new every morning - not just on the first day of the year - there is just something hopeful and energizing about a fresh calendar. As the year winds down,... Continue Reading →

The Risk and Reward of Full Disclosure with God

I'll never forget the evening I came clean with her. The buried little fact about myself had been dogging my conscience for days. I wanted to tell her, but I couldn't muster up the courage. I would sense the right moment presenting itself, but then I would chicken out every time. I knew that if... Continue Reading →

The Climb of Your Life

To Get to the Top We All Need a LittleĀ Lot of Help Years ago my wife, Tawnia, and I got to check off an item on our bucket list. Or more accurately, my bucket list (the expression on her face says it all). We climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the... Continue Reading →

The Varied Textures of Mercy

What Appears to Be God's Judgment May Actually Be a Rescue I used to read the story of Jonah and the great fish as God's judgment on Jonah. But as I got a little older and read the story again, I saw it differently. It seemed that Jonah's being swallowed by the fish was actually... Continue Reading →

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