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Transforming the Task List

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

What got you out of bed this morning (besides the lure of a hot cup of coffee)? If you’re like me, you finally pulled yourself …

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Others First!

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:4

I’ll never forget the time my wife, Martie, and I were traveling on a rather extended ministry trip that involved several segments to our journey. …

Curiosity or Compassion?

"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" John 9:1

Let me introduce you to a friend of mine. Arloa Sutter grew up on a farm in Iowa. One of her fond memories from her …

Real Treasure

"Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day." Deuteronomy 8:11

The church in China is a phenomenal example of the gospel’s explosive power in the face of persecution. In the 1940s, the rise of communism …

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The Missing Piece

"Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun." Ecclesiastes 2:11 ESV

I’m not much for jigsaw puzzles, but I know that you need all the pieces to enjoy a satisfying outcome. In many ways, life is …

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Where’s The Leash?

"What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8

Recently, while out for Chinese food with friends, I noticed a man walking his dog past the restaurant. Normally I wouldn’t have looked twice. But …

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Changed Landscape

"Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1

I love my garden. But living in the Midwestern US during winter reduces my beautiful garden to a frozen, snow-covered, barren landscape.

It wasn’t like that…

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Top of the List

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19

When my wife Martie says, “Could you run to the grocery store for me?” I always want to know what it is she wants me …

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Eternal Investments

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." Matthew 6:19

Madame Blueberry, Veggie Tales heroine of materialism, loves shopping at the “Stuff-mart.” Her problem, however, is that her treetop cottage soon becomes so overstuffed that the…

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The Eternal Question

"If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men." 1 Corinthians 15:19

Life has a way of driving our faith dangerously close to the edge. What we expect from God so often seems to contradict what we …

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Pilgrimage Toward Intimacy

"I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." Psalm 16:2

Several years ago, as I passed the fifty mark on the calendar of my life, I discovered a new and distinct desire to go deeper …

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A Worthy Pursuit

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

Let’s face it, if you are a follower in a world that celebrates leaders, you don’t feel all that good about yourself. Walk into any …

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A Promise Fulfilled

She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

In the off-season of baseball, managers and coaches concentrate on trading players to set themselves up for a winning season the next year. But if …

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The Good Life

"Beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Luke 12:15

Driving down the highway in Houston, I passed a billboard with large letters that announced “THE GOOD LIFE!” I couldn’t wait to get closer to …

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Packed With Power

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

My wife, Martie, and I have some items of worth around our house that sit on mantles or behind glass doors. They are things we …