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June 30, 2014

Another Moment to Remember and Return

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord to Solomon: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

He couldn’t have known the significance it would have in our nation’s history. Yet something within spurred him to call for the inscription.

When the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 ordered that a new bell be cast for the State House, he directed that a Bible verse be inscribed on the bell. The verse he chose was Leviticus 25: 10, which read:



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June 23, 2014

Really? Yes, Always!

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-17 (NIV)

I probably feel the same as you do. Go back and read that scripture verse again.

The Apostle Paul wrote it. This is the same guy who persecuted followers of Christ until he had a “God-orchestrated-blinding-light-conversion experience” on the Damascus Road. Thereafter, Paul was imprisoned regularly, lashed five times and beaten with rods three times by his fellow Jews, stoned, shipwrecked three times, constantly on the move and in danger from rivers, bandits, friends who betrayed him, whether in the cities, the country or at sea, and usually was found hungry, thirsty, and without sleep.

And Paul’s advice to us:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.”

I’m with you here—the man obviously has got to have a few screws loose. (more…)

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June 16, 2014

Living Today


Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”

James 4: 13-14 (NLT)

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.”

1 Peter 4: 7-8 (The Message)

My recent follow-up visit to the doctor carried a bit of a surprise. The surgery in February to remove the baseball-size cyst had all the post-op-signals pointing to success. It was hoped that with some of the cyst being removed, without having to cut into any organs it was laying against, the balance of the cyst would dissolve over time.

However the latest CT scan showed that the cyst had re-grown in place. Makes you feel special knowing that the odds of that happening are extraordinarily rare. However there it was, still with no malignancy, no discomfort—but just another “baseball” for my collection. My doctor, a great guy and wonderful surgeon, couldn’t put his professionally trained finger on any reason to try to remove it again just now—so we’ll just wait and check it again at the end of the year.

I remember, though, the overarching peace I felt when we first learned it was there months earlier, knowing God was in control, and that all is well with Him in charge. There were only a few brief moments when I allowed my thoughts to drift toward the possibility of not seeing my granddaughters grow up if it turned out to be more serious.

Yet as I sat there with the doctor during my follow-up visit a few weeks ago, listening to his calm and measured words, it hit me very clearly—I was dying. (more…)

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June 9, 2014

God—What more do we need?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.

We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.

And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.

He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Isaiah 53: 3-5 (NLT)

Every morning after a game, an event, a recital, a test, a contest or spelling bee, a big business presentation, whatever—win or lose, success or not—we get up the next morning and begin to plan for the next one. Or that really is what we should do.

No matter what happened before—big win, great results, crushing defeat or failure—the fact is that it’s over, we can’t change it, and we have to get ready for what’s coming next, or what we want to come next.

Not to sound too simplistic, but that is just the way it will be for every day of our lives. Because we will experience big wins and great moments, and we make huge mistakes and suffer heart-wrenching losses. We experience deep joys, and suffer crippling disappointments. And we will have a choice—to move on, or not. (more…)

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June 2, 2014

Who He made you to be

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

You have to understand—men don’t let down their guard easily. They don’t let their guard down with other men unless they are very close…The only time a guy’s guard is completely down is with the woman he loves. So she can pierce his heart like no one else.”

For Women Only—What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men,”

Shaunti Feldhahn (Multnomah Publishers, 2004)

The words came out that morning in bursts through streams of tears as I sat trembling on the edge of our bed.

Lynda, quick…go get Nathan…right now!” I knew it was finally the time.

Immediately she understood and dismissed, in her usual stride, the urgent tenor of my voice. She knew I was still trying to learn how to be the father to my son that I longed and needed to be. It had been a journey of fits-and-spurts and trial-and-error, learning a better way than my own personal experience while growing up as a child. The better way came through the example of others, especially her, helping to guide me to be the father to my son which God needed me to be.

Hurry up, hurry up…go get Nathan!” (more…)

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