Never Losing the Light: Desperate Faith

When I look at you I see a magnificent ship caught up in a desperate and fierce gale; broken mast; tattered sails; but still afloat! This hurricane you’ve sailed into has brought it’s damage for sure. I would never deny what you have endured. But… you are carrying such a rich cargo! No wonder the…

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He Speaks To Us In Songs of Deliverance

The Psalms have been songs of deliverance for me more than once. And so I go there, whenever I am struggling with anything—because it is there HE SPEAKS to me.   In those sweet songs I find comfort, I find healing, I find wisdom, instruction, and redemption. In those one hundred and fifty passages—I find HOPE! They are the Bible’s most…

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A Closer Walk: Is This Abundant?

I sat in my ashes each day thinking, “Is this what God calls abundant?” I really wanted to experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of, but how in the world was I supposed to look at the shambles my life had become, and see it as abundance? I was raised believing in a God who was…

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A Closer Walk: Sometimes You Need A Real Friend

We have all encountered Job’s “friends.” You know, those would-be comforters with their Biblical counsel that cuts like a knife. But sometimes you need a real friend, like it or not.   I’m not talking about the, “Hey, how the heck are you?” kind of friend you see once in a blue moon. No, I’m…

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A Closer Walk: Storms That Shipwreck Our Beliefs

I didn’t believe anything could shipwreck my beliefs but I had never been in a storm like this one. If I were to say that my doctors didn’t take my response to their diagnosis well—that would be putting it mildly. These guys were men of science.   They thought my faith was absurd! I was told in…

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A Closer Walk: A Storm That Terrifies

Have you ever been in a severe storm? Man, I have. It was driving back from the airport in Wichita to Hutchinson, Kansas to stay with friends. It was my first time in a “tornado watch.” We left the airport under sunny skies but soon after a storm began to brew. It looked like we…

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