December 15, 2010

It’s Not What Goes Into the Fire, It’s What Comes Out

The president of the college I attended once told a group of us bright-eyed, idealistic students that in his time of testing, he threw out almost everything he ever believed. As he came out of the fire, he looked back.  Some things he had retained, but others he threw away some – They were […]
December 8, 2010

You Can’t Live Off of Someone Else’s Revelation

One of my mentors once said, “God has no grandchildren, only children”.  What he simply meant was that every person must experience God for themselves. If my parents were devoted followers of Christ, that does not guarantee that I will be. Yes, they can pass down “Christian values” and righteous principles, but without my […]
December 1, 2010

Speaking to Yourself

Everybody speaks to themselves – whether it’s in front of a mirror, while driving, or when half asleep! But the kind of speaking I mean are not vain ramblings, or practiced speeches before a meeting, or mouthing some repetitious formula that will make you rich, but speaking life-giving words to yourself before negative words […]
November 22, 2010

You Can’t Live Off of Someone Else’s Revelation

One of my mentors once said, “God has no grandchildren, only children”.  What he simply meant was that every person must experience God for themselves. If my parents were devoted followers of Christ, that does not guarantee that I will be. Yes, they can pass down “Christian values” and righteous principles, but without my […]
November 16, 2010

The Scent of Water

The Scent of Water For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stump dies in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put […]
November 2, 2010

Light in the Pit Part 3 Worship from the Dark Place

There another thing I would like to say about the pit and that is the importance of creating a place of worship right in the middle of your dark corner. One of the best ways to illustrate this is in a story that was relayed by Medford, Jedd and Erik Lokkesmoe.  In their book […]
October 29, 2010

Light in the Pit – Part 4 -What do you do with the God that put you there?

What comes to mind when you think of the name John the Baptist?  He was a fire- breathing preacher who didn’t care who he offended. He baptized a lot of people, ate locusts and honey, and his name served as an epithet for a modern denomination. However, did you know that John the Baptist […]
October 27, 2010

Light in the Pit 2 – How to Let Light In

I shared last week about the pit – a place no one ever wants to be in, yet for better or for worse, we all spend seasons there. I spoke of the thirty-three miners rescued from a two-mile deep hole (a record by any standard). One thing that caught my attention was how each […]
October 21, 2010

Light in the Pit

The world watched as 33 miners were dug out of a two-mile deep hole where they were stuck for almost 70 days. I could not help but to think of how being stuck in a pit can be a picture of life as there are seasons when you feel buried in a God-forsaken hole […]