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April 2014 Archives

Much has been said about the cost of following Jesus, even by Jesus Himself. But what isn’t heard as much (unless you’re listening to Dallas Willard) is the cost of not following Him. Jesus instructs us to forgive all offenses […]

God, You are Lord of the earth and the skies. And yet we live in a dangerous, rebellious world that does not submit to your peace, as we do not. These storms in the South are a case in point. […]

“I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.” Exodus 19:4 is one of my favorite verses. It’s included in a stack of note cards with Scriptures that I hold on to. But this one hit me a […]

Dallas Willard defines love beautifully in a lecture called “Reflections on John 14”: “Love is the whole deal…Live with the will, habit, disposition and power to advance good in the lives of those who are affected by you.” Jesus commanded […]

Looking for answers to life’s riddles? Who should I marry? Where should I move? What should I study? Why do I exist? How should I live my life? Some people turn to psychics. They are often advertised on this very […]

“Father, hear our prayer for the nation of Ukraine. The crisis there is real and dangerous; the land seems to be festering, and on the brink of chaos. Jesus, you are Prince of Peace. Be the Peace of Ukraine. Give […]

Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus […]

These are the descriptive words used in Matthew 27 (New Living Version) depicting the verbal abuse that Jesus suffered: They shouted at him…jeered at him…condemned him…accused him…mocked him…truanted him…abused him…yelled at him…and ridiculed him… Jesus suffered abuse on every level […]

The other day I let JoJo, our little 9 pound poodle, outside to run around and “do his thing”. JoJo never wanders far from our country home. After a few minutes I heard a blood curdling dog-scream — a sound […]