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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Discipline

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal” (Job 5:17-18 ESV). I’m sure it comes as no surprise that the words Discipline and Disciple share the same root. So it should also come as... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.”  (Matthew 1:18, ESV) Jesus. His name is at once the most powerful and the most painful, the most magnificent and the... Continue Reading →

Nearsighted

“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or... Continue Reading →

Getting in the Way Part Three

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.” (1 John 5:16, ESV)

Getting in the Way Part Two

“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.”  (Romans 14:13, ESV) Last week we discussed how The Way was Christianity’s original name. Of all the things we can do, the most important is getting in The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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