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The Presence of God

The Presence of God

Granddaughter Fern arrived for an overnight visit with Grandpa and Gramma. She can reach the doorbell button now and usually takes great delight in pressing that device multiple times, but on this occasion Fern had a singular mission. She wanted Grandpa. As Gramma opened the door Fern darted across the threshold and burst into a […]

The Spiritual Side of Dessert

The Spiritual Side of Dessert

Our family gathered recently to celebrate a birthday and though it was not her special day, granddaughter Fern held Grandpa’s attention most of the evening. With her new words, her animal sounds matched to the correct plastic beasts, and her repertoire of musical tunes, I could not take in all the wonders Fern shared. And […]

Fill the Bucket List

Fill the Bucket List

Junk mail arrives in my mailbox nearly every day—requests for contributions from charities I never heard of, coupons for the latest whimsical restaurants, deals supposedly too good to pass up on home services, even advertisements for the best private academies to give a potential John Jr. the best start in life. And then I sometimes […]

Serve in Love

Serve in Love

  The New Testament teaches that God has placed within each believer one or more spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are abilities given by the Holy Spirit for the believer to use in ministering to the body of Christ. The gifts are only effective when we utilize them in service of others. The greatest happiness, the […]

Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Among the closest followers of Jesus there existed an ongoing debate about who would be the greatest in the coming kingdom. James and John attempted an end run around the other disciples, and in a semi-private session with Jesus they asked specifically for the top two slots (Mark 10:35-37). Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 20:20-21) shares the […]

Spiritual Blind Spots

Spiritual Blind Spots

A mentor shared this gem, “We can’t solve the problem until we can identify it.” The context was our debugging of a newly designed and vastly complex circuit board, but his words apply in the broader scope of life. I’ll never recognize the need for a solution until the problem comes into focus. At the […]