wisdom that is gentle, peaceable, humble and without hypocrisy

The James passage describes wisdom as a gift. To me that rings true because I know the difference between the limitations of my own understanding and the insight and discernment that come into play when the Spirit of God is involved.

faith is more than a hedge against disaster – it’s an invitation to live!

Tuesday Truth: This morning I read a meditation based on Psalm 199:114: "You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope." The writer made the good point that, when we run into trouble, it helps to already know scripture so God's Spirit can bring to mind what we have learned. The devotion …

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three questions you MUST ask before you vote

Politics, leadership, and today's primary elections: So here's my challenge: I don't want to ignore today's primary elections - especially in two states I love so much (North Carolina and Florida) - but at the same time I don't want to violate my "prime directive" as a writer, which is to honor the following counsel from …

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DNA, life, and our eternal coding

The other day I spent some time updating my "profile" on some site that carries my work. It's hard to keep everything current, and I noticed this particular bio still featured our residency as Florida, Andrew and Alicia as living in Italy, Naomi and Craig in Connecticut, and no sign of my latest book, Pilgrim in Progress. My …

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God’s Spirit Poured Out

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to …

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hope, and the beginning of Advent

Today I have a simple message for this space. The meme is the scripture I used in yesterday's post ("When the message of Jesus gets loose"), pasted onto the photo I captured heading in to my Saturday morning men's Bible study. The scripture is clear. Too many people live in darkness, and in the shadow of …

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What is “good”? What is “right”?

In the aftermath of Paris there is a lot of talk about human behavior, and I'm concerned that many of these terms seem to represent moving targets, and that the way we respond to horrific events often only serves to muddy the waters, and what we really mean when we say "right," and "wrong" is often more rooted in self interest than it is something universal, or true.