Reconnecting with Florida friends reminds us why authentic ministry is so charged with life!

The Lord is my strength and my shield;    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.My heart leaps for joy,    and with my song I praise him. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Psalm 28:7, Romans 15:13"I am …

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God’s huge capacity to love – listening to a teenager pray…

Feature image (above): "Passing the peace at WFPC" But if we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong. - 1 John 1:9 This morning, with the echoes of hate and confusion still ringing in our ears, I'd like to encourage all …

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Redeemable Monday

The best solution for your Monday morning problem is a great Sunday!!! Happy Monday, friends! I know Monday mornings get a bad rap sometimes, but I've always believed they are eminently redeemable. Fact is, the best solution for your Monday morning problem is a great Sunday - and yesterday was no exception. My wife, Rebekah - who …

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Jesus settles the troubled heart, sometimes by troubling the settled life

So you say you want to experience real peace? To know the peace that passes understanding? To be free from anxiety and stress and self-doubt? Well, follow Jesus! Bust out of the narrow confines of your own carefully managed definition of comfort! Throw yourself in with the Prince of Peace, the Guide to the Great Adventure.

Jesus and politics…

After three years of intense teaching, preaching, praying, review, practical application of kingdom principles, talking together, more review, wrangling over the details, questions, more questions, clarifications, crowds, acclamation, rejection, enthusiasm, accusation, light-bulb moments, struggle, triumph, and so much more... Jesus invited his followers to a dinner party, where they broke bread together and God-in-the-flesh spoke extensively …

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the Jesus imperative

For today's post I'm simply going to share a series of thoughts from "Day Eight" of Reaching Toward Easter. This chapter hit me right between the eyes - in a good way - this morning. And - acquire your own copy of the book or not - I'd like to share it with you. It's that …

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