Standing up to Testify (transcript of my words at dad’s service)

- Wake Forest Presbyterian Church My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in …

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Here I am, trying to “stay awake”

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – alert and clearheaded…”.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 For me, today's big focus is about getting ready for a Friday …

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friends, pizza, and some Advent

Now that was fun! Rebekah and I drove to Richmond Friday afternoon to get together with a group of seminary students who are meeting to study my Christmas book, In My Heart I Carry A Star. It was just a small gathering, it was off campus, and I was paid in pizza - but in my …

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a dozen (or more) suitably torched men…

Once in while something I say, or write in an informal communication, jumps out and begs to become the seed of a new post. That's what happened this morning when I reviewed some correspondence in preparation for a men's event I'm leading in Tampa June 14. Here's the paragraph: I believe that this is a huge …

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Why it’s not about me when I’m on the road (it couldn’t be!)

I'm on the road again. This time headed to Sarasota, via Atlanta and then Tampa. Travelling is always a conflict of emotions. I'm excited about the opportunity to share my message - yet I want to be home with Rebekah; I'm looking forward to spending time at a church full with people who were motivated …

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belief and decision

By the tender mercy of our God,     the dawn from on high will break upon us,  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,     to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79) This week has involved a lot of prep time for a series of retreats, …

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New Every Morning (great is your faithfulness)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,     his mercies never come to an end;  they are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,     “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24) Today I'm doing some advance prep work for the four speaking trips I'm committed to (so far) over the …

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The airport merry-go-round (4-city speaking tour)

So the picture (right) – taken early Friday morning – is the first official “self-portrait” taken at my new home base airport. That’s right, I can no longer fly out of TPA ( possibly the nation’s most well-organized airport). From here on I’m all about RDU (Raleigh-Durham Airport). Driving out this morning I followed the …

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my week with people, and the common denominator that counts

Yesterday wrapped up a hugely busy week. I've had seven speaking engagements, in Lakeland, Nashville, Bartow and Temple Terrace, all related to the "Reaching Toward Easter" initiative. Additionally, I've been in "virtual" contact with another 110 people through the Upper Room/Be A Disciple on-line retreat. Sunday morning I had the opportunity to share with a …

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Hard hearts; blind eyes; stopped ears (the usual!)

"We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.(2 Corinthians 4:18) I've shared before that this blog is not only a personal devotional experience, but also a way to "start-up" my writing engine for the day. …

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