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He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? — Romans 8:32 (NIV)

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Caught With the Wrong Woman

In his book, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, Chuck Swindoll tells of a man who bought some fried chicken dinners for himself and his date, late one afternoon. The attendant at the fast food joint inadvertently gave the customer a bucket of the day’s cash. After the couple droveRead More »

The Missing Piece

I took a few minutes in my office today (Monday) to re-read Shel Silverstein’s classic children’s book, The Missing Piece.   It is the story of a circle that is missing a wedge-shaped piece. As it rolls along, it sings, stops to smell flowers, talks to worms and enjoys nature.Read More »

The Empty Month of August

Here we are in the motnh of August already. Where has the time gone? It seems that only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year. This former Texan was making preparation to fly to Atlanta, to take up this post.   Seven months have flown by.   This isRead More »

Wild Eyes and Red Hair

Two years ago this month, on July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, CO and shot multiple rounds of ammunition off, killing 12 people and injuring 70. The victims were simply trying to enjoy a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It wasRead More »

Family Reunion and Thomas Jefferson

Recently, I drove home to Atlanta, from Hampton, VA where my wife’s side of the family held a reunion. I love my in-laws. Thirty-three years ago I married into this great, godly clan. They are women and men of faith, many of whom are involved in significant ministry. By now,Read More »

The Mighty, Rising Mississippi

Late last month I took my annual trip to the town of Cassville, WI. My friends, Ron and Linda Hulst, have owned the Eagles Roost Resort for 37 years and I have been going there for 22. The resort is right on the Mississippi River. This year, the residents ofRead More »

On Money and Inverted Logic

“The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charitiesRead More »

Moving Day

On the web site, census.gov, I read the following excerpt of a report:   “The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 35.9 million U.S. residents, or 11.7 percent of all Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013. The nation’s mover rate is down from 12.0 percent in 2012. The decline in theRead More »