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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Suffering and Sovereignty

“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬).... Continue Reading →

Shedding Your Blood

"In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood"  (Hebrews 12:4, ESV). If there is one verse in the Bible that haunts me, one verse that can keep me awake at night, Hebrews 12:4 is that verse. Whether walking in my legalist phase, living in the “freedom of... Continue Reading →

3 Steps To Success

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21 ESV). Who doesn’t want to be successful? I don’t know of anyone who has set out with dreams of failure. Oftentimes, however,... Continue Reading →

Empty

They were the emptiest eyes I had ever seen. I had been living in Germany for a while, and I had gotten used to the trains. The public transportation offered freedom to explore, and some of the independence my 17-year-old spirit longed for. I had seen people of every kind: Hare Krishnas, people with 2-foot-tall,... Continue Reading →

Am I Stupid?

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1, ESV) Catchy title, huh? It’s meant to be rhetorical, but comment away if you must! My first two years of University were spent at a large, and well-known, “party school.” I had become serious about my faith a couple of years... Continue Reading →

The Devil You Know

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil... Continue Reading →

Finding Christ in Christmas

We all have our own special way of celebrating Christmas. For many it is just another social holiday on the calendar, a time to gather together with friends, share some eggnog and perhaps exchange gifts. For many others it’s just a yearly, much-needed day off. There are those who entertain that Christmas is all about... Continue Reading →

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