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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“Keep eternity before the eyes of the children.”  Those were the last words that Dallas Willard’s mother spoke to her husband. She died from a bungled hernia operation on February 12, 1938. Her son Dallas was only two years old.  Over the last few days, I’ve been reading Gary Moon’s biography on the life of…

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If you were to choose a handful of words to describe our country’s current cultural context, what words would you choose? Anxious, fearful, angry, confused, chaotic, divisive, polarized?  After watching the Presidential debates, I felt like I needed a shower to scrub off the filth of blaming, shaming, insults, and interruptions. Quite frankly, the bar-room…

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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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The Triumphal Entry was a bust. Jesus was riding high in the polls. A few days later, his numbers were in the tank. What happened? Where were his political advisors? I’m no expert on running for office, but if I were his campaign strategist, I’d offer him this advice: 1-GET A BETTER SLOGAN. ‘Repent, the…

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“No matter what happens – I will live unafraid.” -Psalm 4:8b As Becky and I drove through the Arizona desert recently, I remembered the time that I preached in a little country church in the town of Superior. After the service, one of the elders invited Becky and me to his house for dinner. While…

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A good friend asked me this question a few years ago. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out what he meant. His question was a good one. I’ve thought about it many times since then. At the risk of sounding morbid, someday we’re all going to wind up in a box.  That…

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We are called to be broken bread and poured out wine. Oswald Chambers made this observation: “If we are ever going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed–you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed” (Sept. 30th devotional). I am not a wine drinker, but I get…

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I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. -1 Corinthians 9:23 (NLT) Are you good with the Gospel, or all-in? When you’re good with the Gospel… When you’re all-in with the Gospel… You’re content with checking boxes. You’re into exploring the depths. You keep your beliefs to yourself. You steer…

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Leaders who bring joy to others, bring joy to themselves.  If you brighten someone else’s day, you’ll brighten your own. Joy is like a boomerang. Throw it away, it comes back around. Paul’s epistle to the church at Philippi, has been called ‘the joy letter.’ The apostle’s positivity and vibrant enthusiasm for life was contagious.…

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