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What is it that motivates you in life? When you get out of bed each morning, what is the source by which you live?

Motivation is like fuel, and there are different kinds of fuel by which people live. This is no different for the Christian. In fact, most Christians live by just as many kinds of fuel as the average Joe.

But not all fuel is created equal, and there is only one type that works to produce an authentic Christian experience. Sadly, not many Christians live by this fuel. Instead, they burn any number of insufficient alternatives in an increasingly frustrating attempt to “live the Christian life.” Continue Reading…

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We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. (Paul, Romans 8:28)

His purpose. 

All things=plural. His purpose=singular. The purpose of God is the one thing behind the many. It is the reason, the goal, and the why of all things.  Continue Reading…

The original boy meets girl

December 3, 2014 — 2 Comments

This post is the third in a series. Read the first one here and the second one here.

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“‘A man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This is profound mystery, but I say it refers to Christ and the Church.” (Paul, Ephesians 5:31-32)

By God’s own estimate, everything in His creation was good.

Well, except one thing.

Higher than the animals and lower than the angels, man was the pinnacle of God’s achievement–a “living soul” who possessed a body from earth and a spirit from heaven. Adam was a specimen in every sense of the word. Continue Reading…

Have you seen this?

November 28, 2014 — 3 Comments
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In my last post I wrote:

God had a secret, and He kept it to Himself. As the ages rolled on, as generations came and went, as civilizations rose and fell, God kept it to Himself. Here and there He would whisper of it in a dream or a vision, and His prophets would strain their spiritual eyes trying to see it.

Ezekiel was one such prophet who saw incredible things. Once, he said the Spirit of God lifted him by his hair and took him to a high mountain where he saw a great temple. A divine tour-guide showed him every detail of the building and told him to write it all down so he could show the people of Israel.  Continue Reading…

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In the beginning, there was nothing. And then, there was something. At the command of God there was light, there was land, there was water, wind, and sand.

Yes, I just rhymed.

However He did it, He did it. God created the universe, and it was vast beyond all comprehension. And on a little blue-green orb within that universe He planted the human race. Continue Reading…

When paths diverge

November 18, 2014 — 14 Comments

I was surprised by how much response I received from my last post. I guess shouldn’t be, though, because it’s always been the personal articles that have touched the most people. So here we go with another.

Personally, I’m at a crossroads in life. I see two paths before me. One is the way of the cross and self-abandonment; the other is the way of my full potential and self-fulfillment. Down each path I see new doors–some opened, some closed–leading to various opportunities to write, to travel, to speak, to do. But they are different, even opposite, in their nature and purpose.  Continue Reading…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written much about the Church. This is mainly because it’s been a while since I’ve been part of a functioning assembly, and I try to only write about what I’m living. No living, no writing, in other words.

I led some meetings in town for about a year which came to a close a couple months ago, and since then I’ve been active visiting local congregations in an attempt to build relationships with the saints. I even spoke to one congregation recently, so it’s not that I’m without fellowship. But very little of it can I honestly call “church life.”  Continue Reading…

their name is todayI just finished Johann Christoph Arnold’s latest book, Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World. Arnold is a trusted source of pastoral wisdom, and this is the second work of his that I’ve had the pleasure to read.

This book is based on Arnold’s previous work, Endangered: Your Child in a Hostile World. The title is taken from Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral who says:

We are guilty of many errors and many faults,

but our worst crime is abandoning the children,

neglecting the fountain of life.

Many things can wait. Children cannot.

Right now their bones are being formed,

their blood is being made,

and their senses are being developed.

To them we cannot answer, “Tomorrow.”

Their name is today.

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sadhuSundar Singh stands in a long line of non-western Christians whom western believers know little about. I recently obtained a copy of the Plough’s new book, Widsom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh and I was blown away by its content.

Sundar Singh was known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity. He was raised in a devout Sikh Hindu home, but was troubled by his lack of peace. He wrestled incessantly with questions about life and God, so much so that one Sikh priest predicted to Sundar’s father: “Your son is not like the others. Either he will become a great man of God, or he will disgrace us all by going insane.” Continue Reading…

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How does this world look to you? Is it right side up or upside down?

Growing up, you learn how to exist in the world and how to play by its rules when it comes to business, school, work, ect. But then you get a glimpse of the Kingdom and you are struck by one glaring fact:

It looks different. Very different. Upside-down different, really. Continue Reading…