Monthly Archives: July 2015

Baby Talk—Or Isaiah 55:11?

I loved our babies passionately. I would smother their faces with kisses, just as my mother would do with us. I was also passionate about God, and I yearned for our children to have that same passion. I enjoyed talking … Continue reading

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Studying the Bible is What Changes These Kids

It was 8:30 PM and I had just said goodnight to the guys in my Bible study at juvenile hall. I was closing the door to the unit when I glanced at the window of the steel door across the hall. … Continue reading

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Singing a Man Into Heaven

Years ago I was blessed to be involved in a music ministry with two precious women. Their voices were professional. Mine was mediocre. But they needed me — I played guitar and could harmonize. Every Thursday, the three of us … Continue reading

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Hang Around Afterward

When our young friend Susan married and moved away, she asked me an interesting question.  “We won’t know anyone in our new community. What’s the best way to meet people?” “Hmm.  First you’ll want to meet your new neighbors. You … Continue reading

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The Obscene Phone Call

Remember the old days before caller ID, when people would sometimes receive obscene phone calls?  Back then I used to wonder what I’d do if I ever received one. Most likely I’d hang up. Then one day it happened, and … Continue reading

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Suffering in Obedience to God

I read an extraordinary book I wish all could read:  The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. It’s a collection of testimonies from our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering around the world today—persecuted for their faith in … Continue reading

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I’ll Go to Heaven ‘Cuz I Said “The Prayer”

One evening while facilitating a Bible study at the jail I asked, “If you were to die today do you know where you’d go?” I was surprised at the answers. One woman said she’d go to heaven because she got saved … Continue reading

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The Miracle of the 18-Wheeler

It was dark and we were driving through a large, unfamiliar city—in the days before GPS.  The kids were in the back seat, one was asleep. We were looking for our hotel, but clearly we were lost. Dan made a … Continue reading

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College Student: Evangelism is Difficult!

We were at the beach with friends when Riley, a college student, asked me about evangelism. “Everywhere I go people need the Lord. We’re the ones who need to tell them—yet I find it difficult.  Can you give me some … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage

  The following message is from:       GotQuestions.Org –  http://www.compellingtruth.org/gay-marriage.html  Where should we, as Christians, stand on gay marriage?                              (Written before the June 26, 2015 … Continue reading

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