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Spiritual Life

The Shortcut: A Parable on the Path of Life


Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I don’t know this trail very well. I don’t have any idea what is around the next corner, and the corners are many. It’s dangerous. It’s an adventure. I’m hiking on someone else’s land. I’m a visitor on these trails, so I have no rights to go wherever I please and do …

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Spiritual Life

Stay on the Path!


There’s a basic principle in mountain biking–and life–that I need to relearn once in a while. It’s so basic I tend to overlook it’s vitality. Here it is: Stay on the path.   Mountain biking trails are full of ups and downs, small and large obstacles, rocky climbs and drops … and that’s what makes the ride fun! I can …

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Spiritual Life

Experiencing Excessive Misery and Joy Simultaneously


Can a person experience anguish and joy at the same time? These two emotions are polar opposites, right? This morning as I read Psalm 31, I was surprised a bit by verse 7, written by King David, a man whose sight was blurred because of his tears (v. 9). He said he was dying from grief and misery had drained …

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Spiritual Life

When God Is Silent …


Sometimes God seems silent and distant. Let’s just admit it. We cry out for his help, for answers, for him to come through for us, and … nothing. Or so it seems. This can feel defeating, disheartening, lonely. But there are answers. I take some solace in the fact that people in Bible times also went though times of silence …

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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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Spiritual Life

How to Win the War with Yourself — The Secret of the Third Force


Do you ever find yourself in a war with yourself? I have. In fact, I sense I’m in the battle right now. We all do. King David did. Often this battle is waged between what seem to be two opposing forces inside of us, but there is a third force that trumps those two. Yesterday I read Psalm 22, in …

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The Reason Why Leaders Face Deep, Dark Valleys


“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Hebrews 12:11, NLT).   It’s natural for a father to discipline his children if he truly loves them (Proverbs 3:11-12). At the same time, we, especially we leaders, face spiritual warfare that …

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Spiritual Life

Christmas in Perspective


For a child IS born to us, a son IS given to us. And some day, this same one who was born a child in Bethlehem will return, and this time the government will rest upon his shoulders. He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, yes, our Prince of Peace! When he returns you can be sure of …

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Spiritual Life

When You Feel Abandoned or Alone


When you feel abandoned and alone, when you feel like life is just not fair, consider how Jesus felt. He had poured his life into his friends. He loved them sacrificially. And he knew that when he needed them, they would desert him. “But the time is coming—in fact, it is already here—when you will be scattered, each one going …

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Spiritual Life

Life Is All About Timing


I have been praying for God to bring restoration in a personal matter for some time, and it’s difficult to understand sometimes why my prayer seems to go unanswered. Some people are praying for restoration of health or finances or a relationship or a career. And we wonder why God is not moving in the way we are asking him to. …

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