What Will Be Said About You?

You may remember that originally, God established the nation of Israel. But, after Solomon began to turn from God and sin, then his son continued, the northern ten tribes rebelled and made Jeroboam the king over Israel while Rehoboam, Solomon’s son was king over the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and

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Review of – “NASB Wide-Margin Bible”

I just received an Advance Review Copy of Zondervan’s newest Bible.  It boasts several features and I want to look at each of them. Before I do, I admit, I’m traditional in many ways. I prefer to read paper. This Bible has the traditional gold edge pages. The pages are

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Inherent Value: Made in His Image

Embracing Inherent Value: Made in His Image

Discovering Your Inherent Value Do you know your inherent value? Do you? Do you know where your inherent value comes from? In Genesis 1, we see the creation story. God made everything in an order that made sense and we’re told that He did it day by day over six

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God's House and Spiritual Inclusion in Scripture

God’s House and Spiritual Inclusion in Christianity

The Middle East Conflict: Israel’s Claim and the Al-Aqsa Mosque As war goes on in the Middle East, Israel’s claim to the land is a point of discussion for many. And yet, as they claim the land, the Al-Aqsa Mosque is built where the Temple belongs. Why does this matter?

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God's Unwavering Love and Our Security in His Hands

God’s Unwavering Love and our Security in His Hands

The Timeless Themes of the Bible I love the continuity of the Bible. There are so many themes that run through it across several thousand years. Of course, the primary themes all deal with His love for us. Once we can accept the concept that He does indeed love us

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The Timeless Truths Bible

Once again, I have enjoyed the honor of receiving an advance copy of a Bible as a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. They requested only that I write an honest review of the Bible after receiving it. And once again, I have only good things to say about

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The Word: How It Enriches My Life and Ministry

The Word: How It Enriches My Life

The Paint Project I missed posting and sending out my newsletter last week as I recruited family members to put a very much needed coat of paint on my house. It took the better part of the week and left me exhausted on a daily basis. To be honest, I’m

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The Evangelical Study Bible

As a member of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, I received an advance review copy of the Evangelical Study Bible with the request that I give it an honest review. Although the New King James Version is not my favorite translation, there is so much to this Bible that I

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Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God: Finding Peace Amidst Life’s Chaos

Understanding Christianese Cliches I often talk about what I call ‘Christianese.’ These are Christian colloquialisms. They originated with deep meaning but have become so overused that they have become cliches. We hear them, and probably say them, but may not even truly understand them. Even if we do indeed understand

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Finding Blessings in Blessing Others: A Ministry Journey

Finding Blessings in Blessing Others: A Ministry Journey

1. Ministry as Our Sole Calling Despite being in some sort of ministry for over thirty years, I worked full time to support my family until I suddenly became disabled in 2015. That freed up my wife and myself to dedicate ourselves to the sole focus of ministry. When I

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Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy and Embracing God's Love

Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy and Embracing God’s Love

Introduction So many individuals in our world grapple with feelings of inadequacy and failure. Whether it’s due to unmet expectations or lacking approval, these emotions can be deeply ingrained. In this blog post, I want to share some wisdom I’ve gained through counseling and my book, “How to be a

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God's Name and Reputation

God’s Name and Reputation: Do They Matter Today?

Introduction Why should God’s name and reputation matter to us? Last week I talked about the fact that we witness all the time no matter what. In other words, people watch our behavior all the time. Consequently, they often make decisions about not just Christians, but Christ based on our

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When You Can't Do

When You Can’t Do: Embrace a New Perspective

When You Can’t Do In life, we often define ourselves by what we can do. Our abilities, accomplishments, and productivity become intertwined with our identity. But what happens when circumstances change, and we find ourselves unable to do what we’re accustomed to? It’s a challenging transition that many of us

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When God doesn't Heal

When God Doesn’t Heal: Reflecting on Miracles and Faith

Credit: http://catalogue.wellcomelibrary.org/record=b1091235   When God Doesn’t Heal: Reflecting on Miracles and Faith Introduction As told in my upcoming book “Blessed Brokenness: Seeing God’s Glory in the Ashes of Life,” I share a powerful story of literally being hands-on during a miracle. However, there are also times when God doesn’t heal,

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Embracing Grace

Embracing Grace: Moving Beyond Christianese

Introduction: As my wife was watching her favorite “clean crime show,” I was sitting next to her, working on my laptop. Admittedly, I too enjoy the show and should have found someplace else to work. Nevertheless, I remained in the room, and a familiar conflict theme brought memories of our

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Embracing Life's Moments: Living with Purpose and Gratitude

Embracing Life’s Moments: Living with Purpose and Gratitude

Introduction: Life is a wild journey, full of twists and turns we never see coming. How can we live embracing life’s moments, living with purpose and gratitude? I recently heard Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying,” and it got me thinking about what it truly means to live with

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How do We Live Out Our Faith?

I have an author colleague who believes in deeds being the key to salvation. He points to the story of the Sheep and the Goats in  Matthew 25:31-46 . Unfortunately, this leaves out so much of the rest of scripture and we have occasional polite discussions about this. The real-life problem

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Why I Use Bible Gateway and How it Can Help You

I’ve recently joined the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. It’s a network of Christian blogs that all follow a common statement of faith and share in promoting Christ in different areas of life. I’m also linking any scriptures that I mention to the Bible Gateway Site. What that enables you to

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I need to say I hear you!

One thing that I’ve learned specifically in counseling is that everyone needs to feel heard. Everyone needs to know that their concerns are legitimate  I am deeply honored that many of you trust me to help.  I will try to answer your questions and through my email newsletters introduce you

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Learning My Own Lessons

When we look at the Israelites in the desert as they are wandering. It’s easy to look down on their level of trust. They see God provide, then a few verses later, they come across a new challenge and seem to have forgotten in just a moment or two how

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Keeping Our Eyes on Him

You may know the story of Peter joining Jesus in walking on the water. If not you can find it in Matthew 14:22-33. (The following is also found in Matthew 14:13-22, just before the passage above.) Jesus had just gotten the news that his cousin and ‘predecessor,’ John had been

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A Little Introduction and A Little About Joy

I’ll admit, this picture is a few years old, but the only real difference is that I have significantly more gray than I did here.  But this is my beautiful bride and me after a “walk” around the neighborhood in our power chairs after church. It was Father’s Day and

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Gentle Evangelism

Something in me says that evangelism shouldn’t be a divisive topic. And yet, over my years in ministry and my wide background among different denominations, opinions can be so strong that it almost seems like something folks would come to blows over.  It’s not that the need for evangelism is

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A Wonderful Ministry

I’ve recently become acquainted with author and podcaster, Amy Connell. I don’t think that Amy would ever call herself a minister, but that’s who she is and what she does. She’s a nutritionist and personal trainer by trade but in reality she is a minister. I had the amazing opportunity

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The Holy Spirit Today

I was recently asked through the survey about the function of the Holy Spirit in the world today. Now, personally, this really excited me because the person that asked started out in a liturgical background just like I did and believes in the power of the Holy Spirit just like

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Connection with God

I sent out a link to a survey a week or two ago and a few answered the four questions. I’m trying to find a way to address the concerns that came up in the survey through my blog posts. After all, I want to know that these posts mean

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He is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed! I did not intend to send anything out over Easter weekend. But tonight, I can not not share with you. (I say tonight because I will schedule this for Easter morning.) My wife found another amazing series and I have to recommend it to you. It’s

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How Do You Keep Faith in God?

  I’ve received some very compelling questions to the short survey I sent out. It was just four questions, but some of the answers have made me think, and others have broken my heart. If you haven’t taken the survey, you take it here. Your answers will help me shape

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Rain

I woke this morning 2 hours before I needed to be up to let my wife’s caregiver in. That’s been happening more and more lately. I don’t know why, but usually, I don’t mind it. It’s quiet in the house. As I sat up I heard the sound of rain

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Your Words, Not Mine

This was a number of years ago in a moment of silliness. But today, this woman has tolerated me for 32 years and is grateful, can you believe it? Especially when I post pictures like this? I certainly haven’t deserved 32 years with her. For far too many of them,

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The Genesis of a Message

This picture is from a memory notification to my phone. First, it was Facebook reminding me of every post or conversation that its algorithms thought might be significant. Then it was One Drive (which I don’t remember telling to back up my photos, but it did.)  Now, it reminds me

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Pray Without Ceasing?

I love the 1974 movie “Fiddler on the Roof.” Between 1894 and 1914 Sholem Aleichem wrote a series of stories about life in the Settlement of Pale. This was an area in Imperial Russia where the Jews were allowed to live. As a rule, they were strictly forbidden from living

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Mountains and Waves

The last few years have brought a number of challenges to our family. OneDrive sends me memories each day and before I figured out how to retrieve it this morning, I had deleted the notification. So that’s not the picture that’s heading this blog post. But then, this is prettier

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What’s Around the Next Curve?

One of the areas that required the most personal development when I became disabled was riding/touring. For the last several years before I got sick, I had been participating in a competitive long distance riding event. Yes, I like to compete and I would push myself to be able to

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“Innovate or Die”

I worked in industry for my previous career. It was only 17 years long between a late start and early retirement due to disability. But in that time, I was fortunate enough to have fallen into a niche that really didn’t exist when I started but has become a whole

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Chasing Shadows

  Having four cats in this household means that there are pretty much constant hijinks and entertainment. Boo, the black furball pictured above is the most curious and intent of them all. Once she has her mind set on something it is very difficult to distract her. The other night

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Thoughts That Came to Me About What’s Really Important

Following is a Facebook Post that isn’t about a book, but it is closely aligned to my next release. Which, by the way, I’m renaming after my bride and Beta Readers have suggested that although the title meant much to be, it was a little obtuse. So, at the moment,

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Praying to Sleep

My second book, “When God Says No: Finding Glory in the Ashes” is currently in the initial editing phases. I’m excited and hope that it will be an inspiration to many and help them grow closer to Christ. In the book, I talk about nights falling asleep crying in prayer

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This Christmas Season

It feels appropriate to share this now. My wife was born at 28 weeks. 50 some odd years ago that should have been a death sentence. Instead, her symptoms were always extraordinarily mild. A little over a year ago, she had been through 28 surgeries since we married almost 32

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Sermon vs. Counseling vs. Book

I only had a few opportunities where I preached several weeks in a row. So, normally, by the time my next turn to preach came around, I had a message that God had definitely put on my heart. In writing a sermon, I would blend using my education and abilities

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Rave Reviews!

A Must Read Book For Everyone Highly Recommended Reverend Matthew Hogan writes, How to Be a Christian in Today’s World, is aptly subtitled, Shame or Fear of Failing vs. Living Confidently in God’s Love. This sets the stage for his book that blends his own upbringing and life to shed

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