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A Vision You Can’t Afford

When God lays a vision on our hearts, one of the dumbest things we can say in response is, “We can’t afford that.” Or how about this one: “That’s not in our budget.” That morbid rejoinder is responsible for the deaths of uncounted big stories. When God births a vision within you, you already can’t […]

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New Wind Blowing

When I gave my life to Christ in 1945 America was basically a Christian nation. We were just coming out of a frightening war and the Christian church was alive and well. We could rent a hall, distribute a few handbills door-to-door and fill the building with interested listeners. One autumn day in 1949 or […]

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Jesus Laughing

I remember the first time I ever saw a painting of Jesus laughing. Not smiling; laughing. I grew up with a pretty stern Jesus. Most of the early artists who painted his portrait apparently did, too. Not angry but often sad. With good reason – He had the weight of the world’s sins on His […]

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The Contagious Hallelujah

Years ago when I was working on a terminal degree (they call it that because it nearly kills you) one of my most impressive and exasperating professors was a slightly graying woman about 5’ tall. Remember, this was in an era when it was not as common as today for a woman to have a […]

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Looking for Hopeless

You probably have a Bible app on your phone. I do. Although it doesn’t take the place of my study Bible, there are times when it’s really handy. I know, there are those who don’t consider it a “real” Bible because it isn’t ink on paper, but by that measure, we’d have to admit there […]

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The Boy Who Didn’t Go to Heaven

On a sunny morning in November, 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year old son, Alex, left their rural Ohio home headed for some errands in town. Pulling on to the main highway near their home, Kevin didn’t see the car speeding toward them. It slammed into the passenger side of Malarkey’s car and young Alex […]

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The Comeback

It is my observation that all across the fruited plain – and perhaps elsewhere as well – the midweek prayer service is making a strong comeback. Not the midweek read service, you understand. Not the midweek preach service. Not the midweek just-like-we-did-it-in-1957 service. But the midweek prayer service. Here’s what I see happening: A growing […]

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The Bannister Story

When I was in college the sporting world was a-buzz with the name Roger Bannister. Bannister was a medical student in the UK, but his passion was running. At 6’2” and 154 pounds he seemed to have the physical equipment for it, but more than that, he had the resolve. Bannister’s obsession was to run […]

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Are You Looking Better?

There is no one you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story. I didn’t originate that statement, but I want to ask if you believe it. Every time I read it, it makes me do some heavy thinking. Is that what the writer of the Psalms had in mind when he said, “The Lord will […]

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Church In the Pastor’s Car

I need to tell you about a preacher I know. A young guy. When he was just four months out of preacher school the area leadership where he was to serve sent him to pastor a distant, remote, struggling little church in a town of 900. When it came time for his first sermon he […]

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