July 6

“O my people, listen to my instructions.  Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable.” – Psalm 78:1-2 (NLT)           A while back, I had someone make a sermon suggestion to me.  When I asked them why they thought I needed to preach on that particular topic, they told me… Continue reading July 6

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July 5

“Your road led through the sea,your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!” – Psalm 77:19 (NLT)          Several years ago, God called me to help do a “re-start” with a church in Pennsylvania.  It was a small church plant that never really got off the ground. There were 40-50 people who were renting… Continue reading July 5

July 4

“Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again be kind to me?  Is his unfailing love gone forever?  Have his promises permanently failed?” – Psalm 77:7-8 (NLT)          Say this out loud:  “NOW is not FOREVER!”  Take a moment to think about that very hard thing you’re going through.  Let the fear, the frustration, and the anxiety well up just… Continue reading July 4

July 3

“Jerusalem is where he lives;Mount Zion is his home.” – Psalm 76:2 (NLT)          God moved.  And He moved a lot closer.  The Psalmist was referring to the Temple in this passage.  The people of God would come there to worship Him.  It was a Special Place.  It was a Holy Place.  People would traverse from all over to come to God.  But… Continue reading July 3

July 2

“We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; people tell of your wonderful deeds.” – Psalm 75:1 (NIV)         Two different women reminded me yesterday of what our most powerful possession is. It’s our story.  One stopped me after church to thank me for being open about sharing my life and journey of faith.  She told… Continue reading July 2

July 1

“Remember that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession!” – Psalm 74:2 (NLT)          I have several friends who have adopted children.  The process is a lot harder and more difficult than many people understand.  It can take years from the time you start the paperwork to when you… Continue reading July 1

June 30

“But as for me, how good it is to be near God!  I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.” – Psalm 73:28 (NLT)          Two weeks ago m, a family from Ohio had one of those experiences that parents have nightmares about.  It was their first trip to the… Continue reading June 30

June 29

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” – Psalm 73:26 (NLT)          Isn’t it funny how our bodies change as we grow older?  Our eyesight and hearing begin to get worse.  Our bodies hurt more, bruise more, and sag more.  Our vertical jump becomes a horizontal… Continue reading June 29

June 28

“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.” – Psalm 73:21 (NLT)          My staff and I are working through the book, “Overcoming The Dark Side Of Leadership.”  It is a great read for anyone, but it is an ESSENTIAL read for leaders.  This week we looked at the chapter that was… Continue reading June 28

June 27

“So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.  But what a difficult task it is!  Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.” – Psalm 73:16-17 (NLT)          There was a wild story in the news last month.  Two friends in the United Kingdom, who had just been released from… Continue reading June 27