I remember as a kid hearing the story of Zacchaeus and singing the song about him in Sunday School. Recently I was reading the story again and was struck by Zacchaeus’s exuberance in welcoming Jesus.  Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was quite wealthy living in Jericho. He had heard much about Jesus, so when…

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Steve and I belong to a gym. Please be impressed. When I go, I do some cardio and call it good. However, when I met with one of the trainers at the gym, she told me I needed to strengthen my core. If you don’t have a strong core, apparently your balance suffers. Bummer! I…

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Where Steve and I used to live up near Denver, there was a park that I often visited to spend time in prayer. Through the park ran a beautiful river. The river was always moving and rushing over the rocks. I used to love to walk along the river and spend time with Jesus.  Jesus…

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My husband, Steve, sat in a room speaking to a group of Pastors. When he asked these Pastors how many of them had been persecuted for their faith, laughter started around the room and every hand went up. While ministering in a part of the world where Christ is not known, suffering for Jesus to…

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Lately, I’ve been studying some of the great revivals. The Hebridean revival took place in the tiny village of Barvas, Scotland between 1949-1953. The revival began with two elderly sisters. One was eighty-two and crippled with arthritis, and the other was eighty-four but completely blind. One night as they sat by a fire, they began…

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George Müller is one of my historic heroes. He was a German evangelist who felt called to take care of the poorest children in Bristol, England in the 1800’s. He preached to small groups of people and received no salary. Müller felt his only financial support should come voluntarily from people. He prayed and God…

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I remember being in 7th grade and memorizing Galatians 2:20 for the first time. I was at a training camp learning how to present the gospel effectively to children. The living conditions were not great, the staff was crabby, and I was miserable. I wanted out! Then I learned the words to this amazing declaration of Paul: “I…

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Climbing walls aren’t for me. I have height fright and no desire to see how high I can climb. I think, “Why? Why, on earth would I torture myself like that?” I have had similar feelings when facing a new challenge.  Perhaps you’re similar. You look at a new challenge and you’re filled with hesitancy.…

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2020 has been one of the toughest years in our history. A worldwide pandemic, racial injustice, and a global economy teetering on disaster. Church leaders have faced enormous challenges that have left us exhausted. As leaders, we have felt like we’ve been walking through the fire. Here’s the thing: God often uses the fire of…

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