Personal Needs

I have Tuesdays earmarked as the day to pray for personal needs each week. Some months ago, I separated my prayer list into categories (missionaries, family and friends, church members, etc.), so that I could spend more focused, intentional time praying for fewer requests each day. Tuesdays ended up being my “personal needs” day. And… Continue reading Personal Needs

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Great (Vacation) Expectations

In early July, my family took a brief vacation during which we stayed at a home on a pond, near St. Louis. We found the place through HomeAway (an online service through which people list their rental homes or cottages), and the reviews for it were glowing. We hoped it would be the best of… Continue reading Great (Vacation) Expectations

Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Tuesday is pull-up day in the workout schedule my daughter and I follow. Without many preliminaries, my daughter and I head to the garage first thing in the morning, where she leads off, cranking out rep after rep without assistance during her first set. I, on the other hand, am not nearly so advanced. I… Continue reading Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Trusting the Experts

In past blog posts, I’ve written about fasting for spiritual and physical health. I’ve recently had to adjust my intermittent fasting schedule, cutting back on the number of days I fast each week. For me, fasting had become too much of a good thing! I was suddenly unable to maintain my desired weight. Instead, I… Continue reading Trusting the Experts

The Best Listener

I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you?   A good listener hears without interrupting. A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words. A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.… Continue reading The Best Listener

Nothing Between

We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions? Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly… Continue reading Nothing Between

How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Last Sunday, my children’s church class was somewhat of a fail. I won’t say it was an epic fail, but it was pretty close. (If you're curious, you can read more about it here.)   Through that experience, the Lord certainly reminded me of my need to rely not upon my own experience or abilities,… Continue reading How Do You Prepare for Church Ministry?

Pure

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 A pastor my family regularly listens to highlighted this verse in a recent sermon, in a way I’d never considered before. How do we gain a pure heart? By becoming more like Christ. And how do we become more like Christ? By reading his words in Scripture… Continue reading Pure

Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

This past weekend, I undertook the longest fast I’ve ever done. I do intermittent fasting on a regular schedule, and generally do a 36- to 40-hour fast once each month (you can read about the whys and wherefores of those fasts here.) That monthly longer fast had gotten to be fairly straightforward, with few uncomfortable… Continue reading Undergoing a Prolonged Fast: What I Did, Why I Did It, & What I Learned

Open Up to the Impossibilities

God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible - what a pity that we only plan the things that we can do by ourselves. - A. W. Tozer Remember how the disciples sometimes seemed surprised when Jesus performed a miracle, or equated him to other great men of faith rather than… Continue reading Open Up to the Impossibilities