WATCHING GOD WATCH YOU: Observations on being observed

When your airplane clears the runway and rises, banking on its way out of the restricted airspace of the airport, you can look out your window and see the buildings and cars and streets shrink in size. Homes become dollhouses, skyscrapers become little towers, highways become ribbons of gray, and cars become dots crawling on […]

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RIDDING YOUR LIFE OF PIRATES THAT PLAGUE YOU

(Moving from Worrier to Warrior)   I am writing today to those who have been plagued for most of their lives by worries and fears. Some worries are obvious to others (such as germaphobia or a fear of flying), while others may plague the secret places of the mind (e.g., concerns about falling into poverty […]

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A Lynching in Jerusalem

A few days ago someone handed me an article that I wrote 16 years ago. As I re-read it later (while wondering why it had been handed to me), I felt impressed to reprint it in this month’s Priority to help our pastors and teachers begin thinking about their Good Friday and Easter themes. God […]

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LIFT HIGH THE NAME OF JESUS!

Can you remember when the news was something you had to wait for instead of something you couldn’t avoid? (For those of you born in the digital generation, we used to catch up on the news by holding sheets of printed paper up in front of our faces … sheets of paper so large that […]

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THE COURAGE OF THE GIFT GIVER

There is no doubt that it is more blessed to give than to receive because Jesus said so. But it doesn’t always feel like blessing. In fact, giving is high-risk behavior … a high-stakes proposition. How could that be? The answer may surprise you: Giving is a huge act of vulnerability. Have you ever thought […]

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OUT OF THE CLOSET AND INTO THE CONVERSATION

What is wrong with the logic in this? In God’s presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11) All humans live in God’s presence (since God is present everywhere). Therefore, all humans have fullness of joy. Obviously, something must be wrong here! You don’t have to be a Bible expert to know that sentence #3 is […]

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