“Papa” – the Magic Word

December 7, 2017

One of the most pleasant sounds in my life is one of my grandchildren calling out, “Papa!” And with 11 grandchildren, I get to hear it often! ツ It confirms they know me, need me, generally want something from me. I will unpack this a bit … They KNOW me. They know I am present, […]

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November 30, 2017

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14) Often times, I / we make God more complex than He is. Moses stands on holy ground and encounters the presence of God in a burning bush. […]

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Hungry Wolves

November 16, 2017

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear. The grandson […]

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Grasping Irony

October 26, 2017

“Though He (Jesus) was in the form of God, He (Jesus) did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped.” Phil 2:6 I am finding myself grasping to be God. It is a significant temptation for me. I want security, predictability, safety, certainty, stability. In essence, I want to control, I want to […]

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Wisdom from The Shack

October 19, 2017

Whether or not you are a fan of the book / movie, “The Shack” … there is some beautiful, thought-provoking wisdom in this story. I want to share my favorites. The emphasis is mine. Jesus: When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of me. Mack: Because of you, she’s gone. Until you […]

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Culture of Discipline

October 12, 2017

Vice Admiral James Stockdale was shot down during the Vietnam War. He spent seven and a half years in a brutal prison camp. He spent four of those years in solitary confinement and two years in leg irons. He was tortured fifteen times. Stockdale heroically embraced his role as the clandestine commanding officer of what […]

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Power in Your Hands

October 5, 2017

High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Every so often, he ventured down into the nearby village to entertain the locals with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to use psychic powers to tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds. A few young boys […]

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A Call to Your Imagination

September 28, 2017

The imagination of little ones is amazing. There really are no boundaries. Anything is possible. Anything is believable. Their imagination is unfettered. As we grow up and “mature,” our imagination never goes away. However, it is easy to suppress or discount or censor our imagination. That may sound like in our minds … “That’s not […]

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How Many Chairs

September 21, 2017

Two pastors are talking, one of a fast-growing church, and another, a more seasoned pastor. The first pastor was telling the story of how the church had exploded, how they couldn’t stop the growth, how it was utterly out of their control, an inexplicable, unstoppable phenomenon. The seasoned pastor pushed him gently: “You’ve built this, […]

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The Road Less Fettered (#14)

September 14, 2017

The Road Less Fettered has been traveled before by many wise and wonderful people. Below are six more of my favorite quotes that are worth pondering and lead to unfettering … There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is […]

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