The Power of Gratitude

I’m forcing myself not to watch. You know how hard it is to look away when something violent or unseemly is happening on TV. That is kind of how it feels to watch “the news” right now. But I’m really trying not to look. It is not just watching cable or network television coverage of […]

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A Before and After Story

Read below or listen to the podcast. Katrina’s Fury Meteorologists knew the storm had the potential to inflict catastrophic damage. But nobody expected the post-landfall images to reveal the level of devastation left behind after Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi coast in late August 2005. Raging ashore with a massive, thirty-foot storm surge, practically every physical […]

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How Committed Are You to Jesus?

The Great Invitation How would you respond if someone were to ask, “How committed are you to following Jesus?” Some of us might get offended. “What? I’m totally committed. I’d die for him.” Others might not be as confident, but with head hung low, confess, “Sadly, my actions deny the commitment of my words.” What […]

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God Helps Those Who…

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader? During the COVID pandemic, my family has discovered reruns of the game show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? The kids on the program are great, with fun personalities and lots of knowledge. The adult contestants may be equally winsome, but so far, not one has been smarter […]

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What Does God Think of You Right Now?

A Follow-Up Question Years ago, when D. James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion was a popular tool for sharing the good news of Jesus, the first question the evangelist would ask is, “If you died today, do you believe you’d go to heaven?” If the respondent answered no, then on with the gospel presentation. If they replied yes, the follow up […]

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The Epitaph I Want

One of my seminary textbooks written by F.F. Bruce was titled, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free. What a great epitaph for someone’s ministry. What a great epitaph for someone’s life — a heart set free. This coming Sunday, I am starting a new teaching series for my home church, True North: Life Guided by the Gospel — a […]

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Why Do the Best Leaders Limp?

Read below or listen to the podcast. Jacob’s Story: A Defining Moment in the Ascent of a Leader Most of us have defining moments that shape the rest of our lives. Like that night walking down sorority row at Ole Miss when I met a ridiculously cute red-head from Benton, Mississippi. That encounter was a defining […]

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How to Rest in a Restless World

“Knowing God” Dr. J.I. Packer, who recently was taken from this world into the presence of Jesus at 93-years-old, will be remembered as one of the most influential theologians of the past 100 years. His most well-known and beloved contribution to the church is the book, Knowing God. If you haven’t read it, this would be a great time.  […]

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Experiencing the Miraculous

Subscribe to het posts like this sent directly to your inbox so that you don’t miss anything. For more information about Rest for the Weary, just go here. Read below or listen to the podcast. _____________________________________________________________________________ Setting the Scene This is post number four in a six-part series on the essential system settings we discern from studying the early […]

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A Game-Changing Way to Pray

A Brief Review Two weeks ago, we started a summer series of posts using the metaphor of a computer that needs to be shut down in order to be rebooted to its original system settings. That really is the opportunity for local churches in 2020. Having been shut down, we have a chance to revisit […]

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