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03 Mar

Seek Joy in Him

It is early in my precious spot. The sun has not yet declared its glory over my Malawi home. I sit here with a cup of Pike’s Place on my left, my journal on my right, my Mom’s Bible on my lap, and a whole lot of mosquitoes attacking my ankles. But, what grips my mind and my heart are thoughts of the glory of my precious Lord. His holiness is infinite. His presence is intimate. He is so good...

12 Nov

Reflections on Psalm 119:105-112

“I am not concerned about myself, but I shall defend Christ’s word with a joyful heart and renewed courage, without regard to anyone. To this end God has given me a joyful and fearless spirit, which I trust they shall not harm in all eternity.” Martin Luther “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I have made a vow and confirmed it; I will follow your righteous laws.” (Psalm 105:1-2) It has been about 70...

13 Aug

I Cannot Remain Silent

“They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to...

13 Aug

Our Joy is in the Lord

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; my lot is secure.The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6 When I look back over the days of my life, and the road I have traveled, the blessings that have been poured out in my life: the awesome family, the great friends, the wonderful opportunities for service, a delightful and rewarding walk with Jesus, I have so many reasons to...

13 Aug

Hope for Our Time of Battle

“I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us. Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed, or what great things that we do as a nation. Our hope is in the power of God working through the hearts of people, and that’s where our hope is in this country; that’s where our hope is in life.” Chuck Colsom “Blessed is...

16 Dec

Christian Suicide: Divine Deliverance from Depression, Despair and Death

“The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19) I am writing this article with a purpose of bringing hope to the living. Suicide is a terrible tragedy for all of those who are left behind. It is especially shocking and confusing when it involves a pastor of a church, who leaves behind a grieving wife, three small...

17 Apr

Death in us-Life in You

“Mission sooner or later leads into passion. In biblical categories…the servant must suffer…..Every form of mission leads to some form of the cross. The very shape of mission is cruciform. We can understand mission only in terms of the cross…” Douglas Webster “For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:11-12) As...

06 Feb

Promise, Risk Reward

“If our single, all embracing passion is to make much of Christ in life and death, and if the life that magnifies him most is the life of costly love, then life is risk, and risk is right. To run from it is to waste your life.” John Piper “Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.” Ps 119:140 Everything God does in history and for his people, he does through...

16 Jun

Our National Anthem

Our National Anthem: Envy or Greed? “Greed is good! Greed is right! Greed works! Greed will save the USA!” – From movie Wall Street –1987 “Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.” –David Livingstone Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor,...

05 Feb

Intelligent Mysticism: Feelings and Fellowship with God

“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith…of living union and companion with the exalted and ever present Redeemer…he communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love….The life of true faith cannot be that of cold metallic assent. It must have the passion and warmth of love and communion because communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.” –John...