THE CHILL OF THE MORNING AIR sent a gentle shiver down my spine as I crawled out of my tent. In the distance I heard the call of a loon welcoming the dawn of another day.  An orange hue painted the eastern sky, making the wispy fog over the lake dance like fire. I followed... Continue Reading →

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Getting in the Way

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6, ESV) One of my favorite things about scripture is that it meets us where we are. The same verse or verses can speak different things to us at different times in... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Two Gates

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”  (Matthew 7:13-14, ESV) This is, for me, one... Continue Reading →

First Love

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”  (Revelation 2:4-5, ESV) Having grown up in... Continue Reading →

Save Your Life?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’”  (Matthew 16:24-25, ESV) I’m spoiled rotten. I live in a country where I... Continue Reading →

Like Newborn Babies

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.”  (1 Peter 2:2, ESV) These days there are an abundance of alternatives to a mother’s milk. There were no baby bottles, no Similac or other “formulas”. When an infant was hungry, there was only one thing that satisfied.... Continue Reading →

Not To Be Served

“…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:28, ESV) I have a confession. I like to be pampered and served. I enjoy going out to eat and having the wait staff cater to my desires. It makes me... Continue Reading →

A Stumbling Block

"but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,"  (1 Corinthians 1:23, ESV) Last week I mentioned that I am going to be looking at some of the “hard sayings” of scripture. I believe that our failure to spend time trying to understand these things has led to a watered-down gospel... Continue Reading →

Hard Sayings

“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’ But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, ‘Do you take offense at this?’”  (John 6:60-63, ESV)   Jesus was not a social media mogul. He was not a celebrity... Continue Reading →

Remember

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."  (John 14:26, ESV) Sitting on the cold tile floor of my residence hall, tears streaming down my face, I was at a loss for... Continue Reading →

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