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How Do You Overcome Fear of Intimacy?
An older gentleman approached me and took the sandwich I offered him. His face bore the familiar red scarring found among those who’d fallen asleep drunk during a Siberian winter. The gray, dull-eyed babushka limped forward for her sandwich. One … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Fear of God, fear of intimacy, feeding the hungry, Russian dump, Siberian winter 13 Comments
Do You Want to Be Used by God?
Do you want to be used by God? I hope not. What? Don’t you want God to use you for His purposes? Don’t you want Him to use you to bring people to Christ? Don’t you want Him to use … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged community, Evangelism, feeling used, God, God's call, Invitation, serving God, used by God 5 Comments
Do You Need to Drop “the Weight of Christianity”?
On a long road trip, I listened to an audio version of Zorro: A Novel by Isabel Allende. Toward the novel’s end, Zorro’s mother throws off “the weight of Christianity” and returns to her Native American ways. What in Heaven’s … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged conservative vs. liberal, faith, how you vote, Jesus Christ, salvation, the weight of Christianity, Worldview, Zorro 11 Comments
A Miser’s Conversion
“We’re going to have to spend a lot of money and you’re going to be mad.” Ellen said that to me earlier in the week and she believed it. Why? Because when we spend lots of money, I get nervous … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged generosity, Giving, Money worries, Suvir Saran, worry 5 Comments
Nowhere to Go and Nothing to Do
He had … … nowhere to go … … and nothing to do. And imagine this. He was fine with that. Perfectly fine. Imagine. Nowhere to go. Nothing to do. Fine! Curious? … more on Monday.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged curiosity, Free weekend, No job, No plans Leave a comment
A Community Rises from the Rubble
What can a person learn about communityfrom moving a pile of rocks? In early July, I went to Two Rivers, Alaska as a part of a short-term mission team from the Midwest. Our team of 37 worked in cooperation with … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Alaska, community, Jon Stolpe, Julie Anders, Nazarene Church, short-term missions, Taking the initiative 4 Comments
During My Devotions, I Could Have Made a Better Choice
I said, “You’re in my space. You usually don’t get up this early and now you’re invading my quiet time.” I spoke with … … no grace. … no kindness … no loving spirit. … and with pure irritation. Well, … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Bible Reading, Devotions, Irritation, Marriage, prayer 5 Comments
How Well Would Jesus Do As A Barista?
Let’s be honest. When we picture Jesus, the Son of God, we often draw him as an ascetic monk who spent most of his time reading, memorizing the Scriptures, praying, and hiding out in remote places. To be sure, Jesus … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Barista, Barry Hill, Coffee, Creation, Creator, Jesus Christ, The Ordained Barista, the Trinity 10 Comments
Would You Talk To A Stranger?
As my brother Roger’s wife, daughters, and grandchildren tumbled out of the hospital elevator, an older couple watched the small kids dash by and head into the chapel. The man asked Sheena, “Do they know what that room is?” “Yes, … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged cancer, faith, family, God's messenger, grandchildren, strange meeting, surgery 4 Comments
The Royalty Check Is In the Mail … or Not!
Birthing a book isn’t easy. Like human conception, it has its moments of pleasure. But then the work and the worry arrive. “Award-winning author and good friend Susan May Warren motivated me first through shock therapy. She perused my literary … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized, Writing Lessons Tagged Crisis, facing problems, Linda Rondeau, novel, Passion, practice, royalty checks, Susan May Warren, writing 9 Comments