30,000 of Israel’s finest were singing and cheering loudly as they escorted the Ark of the Covenant down the hill from Abinadab’s house. “Yay God! The Ark of the Covenant is coming home to Jerusalem!  The Ark was on a cart. The cart was towed by an ox. Abinadab’s boys, Uzzah and Ahio, guided the…

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This past week I was reading in Mark 14, where a woman anointed Jesus. She broke her alabaster bottle of very expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ head. Those present in the room were incredulous! “Such a waste of money! What is she thinking? Scandalous!” Jesus, however, tells everyone to stop bothering her and…

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The black-clad Bedouin, standing in front of her trailside tea shop, was annoyingly insistent: “You need a guide! You need a guide! You need a guide!” She must have repeated herself at least a dozen times. The three of us kept on replying, “La shukran! (no thank-you) We don’t need a guide!” The trail up…

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“Oh Lord, I don’t know what to do!” Ever prayed that prayer? Yup. I’m betting you, like me, have prayed that very same prayer thousands of times. Whether you have job-related decisions, financial decisions, parenting decisions, or health decisions, uncertainty abounds. The more complicated life gets, the more we feel a desperate need for wisdom.…

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“Saul, also known as Paul…” (Acts 13:9) This verse marks the point in which the apostles name change becomes permanent. Formerly, he was ‘Saul.’ But for the rest of his life (and ever since), he would be known as… ‘Paul.’  ‘Saul’ means ‘sought after.’ ‘Paul’ means ‘little.’ The change of name matters. It’s descriptive of…

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“Now to the one who constantly loves us and has loosed us from our sins by his own blood, and to the one who has appointed us as a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and domination throughout the eternity of eternities! Amen!” – Revelation 1:6TPT In Christ…  I…

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As ministry leaders, it’s easy to fall into a victim mindset. Far too many pastors and ministry executives project fear, frustration, and scarcity to the people that work with them. “The Elders don’t get it!”“Millennials are entitled.”“People don’t give.”“No one’s coming back after COVID.”“Churches don’t care about missions.” Enough of the negativity! The sky isn’t…

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Who you are is who you are ‘in Christ.’ The most important thing about you is that you are in Christ and Christ is in you.  As a leader, it’s’ tempting to put your sense of identity and worth in what you do for God or in how well you do it. Big mistake. You…

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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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For the Church Family I’ve Come to Love Serving as the Interim Lead Pastor of CHBC has been a joy and privilege! Over the last nine months, my heart became deeply attached to this wonderful community of believers. It’s been tremendously rewarding to help prepare the church family for a new leader. In two weeks,…

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