story

What Story Will You Tell?

Imagine you’re 85 years old, living in a nursing home and your health is beginning to fail. Your grandson has always had a special place in his heart for you but over the last few years, he’s been busy finishing college, getting married and starting his family. One day, out of the blue, he calls…

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faith

A Believer with No Faith

I’ve thought a lot about my life before I become a Jesus-follower at age 33. Raised in the Baptist church, I was taught the tenets of Christianity. I knew the rules, the characters and the stories of the Bible. Even when I was baptized at 10 years old, I could have passed a quiz on…

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obedience

Obedience is Faith Exercised

There’s a word nobody uses much anymore. In a world of freedom, positive reinforcement and behavior modification, this word seems old school and out of touch. The word is obedience. Andrew Murray wrote a slew of devotional books back in the 1800’s but his book The Spirit of the Christ rocked my spiritual world. In…

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complete

We are Complete

My church just had its annual Man Night. Quite a production with campfires, bacon snacks, brownies and milk, film clips . . . you know, real guy stuff. At the end of the main talk, 6 truths about identity were put up on the screen along with this question, “Which of these do you struggle…

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This Way of Life

As someone who lives and breathes mentoring, I always light up when I find a Scripture about disciple-making. One time, I was reading through the book of Matthew and as I neared the end, I knew I was about to read the Great Commission. I’ve quoted it forever, but this time I was reading The Message paraphrase by…

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identity

Identity is Ascribed

Who am I? Identity was Dictionary.com’s 2015 Word of the Year. Millions are ordering DNA profiles on themselves. What’s my race? My nationality of origin? Why do we care so much about identity? Because we don’t know who we are and we want someone with credibility to tell us. Beginning in early, early childhood, our…

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rules

Rules are Decisions Made in Advance

Here’s a principle for you . . . rules are decisions made in advance. I mean think about it, when the sign says “No Parking,” someone made a decision for me in advance of my arrival. They looked out for my safety, someone else’s green grass, the usual traffic pattern, whatever. They said to me…

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My 34th (Spiritual) Birthday

Earlier this week . . . September 19th . . . was the anniversary of the night I walked out in the backyard of my house and cried out to God for the first time in my life. Oh, I’d been a “Christian” since 5th grade. I’d been to church at least a thousand times. Baptized. Taught…

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Perception is Reality?

We’ve all heard the old saying “Perception is reality.” And it’s true . . . to a point. We act on what we perceive to be real and true. That’s functional reality but often, it’s not true reality. The world has always been round but for thousands of years, it was perceived to be flat.…

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doubt

Four Ways to Deal with Doubt

In my last post, I wrote about people who brought immature pictures of God into adult life and then abandoned faith altogether because their ‘god’ didn’t live up to his title. In the last few days, I’ve realized that post isn’t just about them . . . it’s about me. About us. Every Jesus-follower experiences…

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