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October 9, 2019

Let your graciousness be known to all people. The Lord is near. 

Philippians 4:5 [1]

Paul’s word of promise, the Lord is near, carries a double meaning so obvious it must have been intentional.  The first hearers of this letter may have wondered, “Does he mean that Jesu...

August 30, 2019

…The Spirit helps us in our weakness.   

                       Romans 8:26

My long-time friend and fellow counselor, David Powlison, “fell asleep in the Lord” on June 7, and I want to honor him today.  I...

April 25, 2019

God reveals truth in his Creation, and that’s why Christians love scientific research. Of course, we can only interpret those observations accurately when we recast them into a biblical worldview.  That’s our task in this brief study about typical decision-making error...

April 25, 2019

The scientific study of God’s Creation often exposes the truth that God’s Word explicitly teaches.  And in the social sciences, it usually just confirms that your grandmother was right all along. In the next couple letters, we’ll look at some interesting research on de...

December 8, 2018

Here’s a MERRY CHRISTMAS! verse for you:  Three things are stately in their stride, four are stately in their walk:  the lion, mighty among beasts, that does not retreat before any, a strutting rooster, a he-goat—and a king whose people are with him....

September 6, 2018

Greetings, friend.  I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer.  It’s still summer here, but the cool nights tell us it won’t last forever.  God’s Word does abide forever.  In studying the book of Proverbs recently, I’ve been amazed at its relevance to our day and ou...

April 3, 2018

A REFLECTION ON GOOD FRIDAY

from Isaiah 53:12

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes inter...

February 6, 2018

I recently was asked to give a presentation to a group of pastors and Christian leaders on the topic above.  First, I assured them that I do not encourage people to complain about their pastors!  Having said that, the subject of church comes up regularly.   Here are so...

January 20, 2018

A New Year's Day Reflection from Psalm 90 [1]

You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”…Return, O LORD! How long?  Have pity on your servants!  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.[2]

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January 2, 2018

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world….  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that whe...

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