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One of the challenges I've had when memorizing Scripture is tying the verse to the verse reference. Even when I have the text of the verse down, I might not know exactly wh...
This snippet from the transcript of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast interview with organizational psychologist Adam Grant puts forward two interesting explanations fo...
The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given— Mark 4:24 NLT Read & Respond to God's Word DailyWhat is Life Journaling?7 Tips & Tricks to Make Life Journa...
Included in the concept of Jesus as Lord is our allegiance to him as king and our fidelity to him as his subjects. Bates in Salvation by Allegiance Alone: "...the allegian...
Jesus makes at least two points about worry when he talks about it in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-36). He tells us not to worry because worry is ineffective and u...
What's your word? Recently I encountered the idea of determining a word of intent at MyIntent.org. An intent is an aim, purpose, or plan. Picking a word or short phrase cr...
There's humor in this, but as with all humor, it is wrapped around a kernel of truth. A dog might bite or attack. What could be worse? "He judges you." When our motives ar...
Here's Psalm 23:6a in The Passion Translation: "...why would I fear the future? For your love and goodness pursue me all the days of my life." Our fears and worries sugges...
Some time ago I saw a Facebook comment: it was advice a pastor had given to his now-grown, pastor son. He told his son, "Someone in your church will always be unhappy. Mak...
These are the most helpful articles along the way as we have navigated our family’s approach to COVID-19. If you only have time for a few, these are the top three:How Exact...
By Arthur Brooks February 7, 2020 What I said in my address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday Arthur C. Brooks’s remarks, as prepared, for the National Prayer ...
Many years ago, I signed up for a free Evernote account. I played around with it for a short time, but then abandoned it, in part because I had a hard time understanding it...
I encounter a lot of people who struggle with finding meaning and purpose in their work. For some, they’re educated for a field outside of their current job. Others are doi...
Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis E. Johnson is the first book I would recommend to someone who wants to understand the New Testament book of Revelation better. I’ve been using...
THE PRELUDE Music begins and doors open.Decorative candles are lit by the ushers.Ushers seat guests. THE LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES The bride’s mother is escorted to the fron...
Need some encouragement? Here’s the story about answered prayer that inspired the message title for one of Sunday’s messages. Dr. Helen Roseveare, the famous British mis...
Ever since I first encountered this quote by 19th century abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, I have felt his summary of his political philosophy is a good ex...
Here’s an example of one of my Life Journal devotional entries that has stuck with me and provided the foundation for much good advice. Is there a place you need to make a ...
Here’s a process I came up with to give to my kids who are required to memorize verses, chapters and sometimes other material (historical speeches) as part of their school ...
Life Journaling is a process for reading and responding to God’s Word, the Bible, that turned my on-again, off-again devotional practice into a habit. The Life Journal for...
I reference Scripture when writing…a lot. So I developed two-letter abbreviations (plus a number when necessary) for each book of the Bible to save writing & keystrokes. I ...
For a long time I had devotionals off and on. I wanted to be consistent, but I just wasn’t. When I decided to get serious, these are the tips and tricks that I found most h...
"When you pray in a particular direction, immediately anticipate God's activity in answer to your prayer. Throughout Scripture when God's people prayed, He responded." Exp...