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Dear Lord, If I do not put the seed in the ground, the grass will not grow. Yet; If I do put the seed in the ground, it still may not grow. So please, teach me the art and science... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Life
Why was Paul stoned, whipped, beaten, and jailed so often? (II Corinthians 11:23-25) He lists nine severe episodes, and before the nine he says, “beaten times without number, often in danger of death.” I know the “why” from the human... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Life
When I read the story of David and Goliath, I want to be a David. When I read the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, I want to be an Elijah. Equally so for Moses,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Life
Too often, evil seems to win. And then I was preparing an advent message out of John 13 and 14 and was surprised by a delicious train of thought, fresh from a text long loved and studied, but never seen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Life
Recently, I listened to a presentation by Dr. Piper – http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/the-pastor-as-scholar-a-personal-journey – in which he said that he wrote as a means of collecting and organizing his thoughts – that his writing was not just the result of his thinking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Life
Now, even to me, it seems ridiculous to write a blogpost to clarify something I wrote on April 12, 2012 – a full 5 months ago (after all, who still cares?) But this thought took flight within weeks of that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Life
Way back in seminary I learned from Ecclesiastes that my life would not bring an end or even make a significant change to the darkness of our world. Now that I am in my 50's I have learned the same... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Life
Expectations Exceeded They expected Him to resist arrest. He surrendered without a fight! They expected Him to save Himself. He died, and saved everyone but Himself! They expected Him to stay dead. If He who raises the dead is dead,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Life
So the eternal God, Creator of the universe, comes down to earth and gets a sixteen year old girl named Mary pregnant. The boy born of this union, though obviously of God, is scorned by his people as an illegitimate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at Life
So far we have seen John the Baptist and Jesus set the stakes way high – surprisingly high -- in response to people who have it together. What will His response be to people who obviously don't have it together?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Life
We have a horse. She's a big horse. My 9 year old daughter whom we affectionately call Bishkybobs loves horses. And I love my 9 year old daughter. I once found a stool from the house out in the pasture.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Life
“Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Lk 10:25) This time it's an expert in the law asking. He is someone who has given his life to studying the Old Testament Law. Luke tells us that he asked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Life
Warning, if you are wealthy, you may not want to read this. But then again, if you have a computer and access to the internet, you are probably wealthy. Just about everyone reading this is wealthy – certainly in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Life
When the angel of the Lord is telling old man Zacharias that he and his also old and barren wife Elizabeth are about to have a baby boy, he describes John as follows: And he will turn many Israelites to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at Life
I start by giving you excerpts from four Christian leaders that I have read this past week. By David Wilkerson “The church in America is far from what God envisioned it to be. For the most part, entire denominations today... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Life
I am very shy about introducing people to Jesus. Give me a funeral to preach, or a marriage to perform, or a Bible Study to lead and I will be bold and clear and winsome. But put me side by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Life
You need to know yourself as a person who has a holy spirit. You need to be self consciously holy from the inside out. Apart from that, the life that is truly Christian will not be yours. “ (Footnotes, May... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at Life
I wonder what Daniel prayed as a captive of Nebuchadnezzar en route to Babylon. Pulled away from family, and country and a life of privilege, knowing that He is not free, what did he say to God? You might think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at Life
In the winter, even on days when it's -40, I make my cows walk, sometimes up to 600 meters, for water. Everyday they walk. If they could talk, what would they say? “What's with this guy, doesn't he know how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Life
In the cool of the evening I walk amongst my cows and calves, and the calves run kicking up their heels. They stop, turn towards me for a moment, only to be off again in the opposite direction, some of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at Life
By now, it should be obvious that this blog is a lot about what we can expect of God. There is an English fellow who left a comment on my Facebook, calling this an “honest to God blog.” I like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Life
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at Life
James 5:14 – 18 “14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at Life
James 1:5-8 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at Life
Unfortunately due to a bizzare farm stabbing ( a hawthorne in his wrist), my dad cannot write a daily post as he had promised. He hopes to find a scribe on Monday and will continue himself once he can use... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at Life