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3 Ways to Wait Well

  The pandemic has canceled our overseas ministry travels this year. I’ll be honest—I don’t miss the challenges that go hand-in-hand with international travel. Especially the waiting. A couple of years ago, a flight to Slovakia topped all.   The trip began in Vancouver. While waiting at the gate for our flight to Toronto, I… [ read more ]

Why Making Wise Choices Matters

  John Donne was an English clergyman and poet who lived from 1572-1631. He’s the fellow who coined the well-known phrase, “No man is an island unto himself.” Wise, guy, he was. He understood that the choices we make impact not only ourselves but also those around us.   Take Rahab, for instance. She’s the… [ read more ]

What Air Travel Teaches Me About Trust

    In the past 13 days, I’ve flown eight times with seven different flight crews. One of those planes carried only four passengers and a two-man crew. The pilot and co-pilot played the role of baggage handler, hoisted the plane’s stairs up and locked the door prior to take-off, explained the safety rules to… [ read more ]

When is it Good to Look Back?

We hear mixed messages about looking back at our past. Some voices warn against it. Remember the story about Lot and his family? Angel voices urged them not to look back as they fled Sodom before God destroyed it. “Run for your lives!,” they cried. “Do not stop anywhere in the valley. And don’t look… [ read more ]

Why I Didn’t Want This One-Word for 2020

  Determining the Lord’s focus word for me at the start of each year is usually a fun exercise. This year the process has been less fun and more a painful path to self-discovery.   My word is—drum roll, please—“listen.”   It’s not the word I wanted. I tried to ignore it. I picked and… [ read more ]

The Best Thoughts to Think at Night

  On what thoughts do you dwell when you’re in bed and either falling asleep or unable to sleep?   Some folks might say they plan the next day’s to-do list. Others might contemplate tough stuff they’re experiencing—a difficult relationship, the pain of betrayal, troublesome money matters, or a recent loss.   Some might ponder… [ read more ]

When Plans Change

  I’m preparing to leave for the Middle East on Sunday morning. Last week I thought I was doing great in regards to wiping my to-do list clean so I could focus on long-term writing projects in the days prior to departure. Then came a writing assignment with a due date immediately after our return…. [ read more ]

3 Ways to Influence Your Destiny

  Where we fix our focus determines our destiny. Letting our eyes linger on an object, person, or goal that doesn’t meet God’s approval will land us in trouble. Case in point – Oholibah.   You might wonder, Who in the world is Oholibah? Truth be told, I hadn’t a clue who she was until… [ read more ]

A Practical Guide to Wise Speech

Have you ever opened your mouth and said something before engaging your brain? If so, how did that work for you?   I’ve been known to do this on occasion, and it didn’t go well. As a result, I’ve begun using this acronym as a resource to help me determine whether or not I really… [ read more ]

Awesome God

Come everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. ( NLT)   We use the word “awesome” to describe a variety of things: a breathtaking sunrise, an entertaining movie, an unexpected good deal when paying for items… [ read more ]