Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak in England. Of course my family and I had to visit some of the obligatory tourist attractions, including stopping for tea at Windsor Castle. It was an impressive display, although I’d hate to have to pay their heating bill! As we were nearing the end of…

It’s good to have a grateful heart for all that you have experienced in your life. I try to regularly celebrate what God has done in and through my life. But I suppose I have also been haunted by the question: “What if?” What if I had believed God more? What if I had obeyed,…

Christmas was very enjoyable this year. I wasn’t sure if it would be. It was the first time since I have been a father that Lisa and I did not have any of our children with us on Christmas morning. In a “perfect Christmas storm,” they were all spending the holiday with their in-laws. Ultimately,…

Jesus said that the goal of every disciple is to bear much fruit. If we bear none, the vinedresser will remove us (John 15:2). If we bear some, He will prune us. The measure of our success as Jesus’ disciples lies in our fruitfulness. That is why being in a spiritual wilderness is so frustrating….

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” The evil queen never grew tired of having her magical mirror affirm that she, indeed, was the most beautiful woman in the land. Even as you watch the evil queen in the celebrated Walt Disney tale Snow White, you sense a foreboding that…

Western society likes to view itself as sophisticated, educated, and domesticated. We turn on our HD T.V’s from the safe confines of our living rooms and watch newscasts of the appalling brutality of tribal and ideological warfare occurring in distant lands. For those who have grown up in a country where soldiers do not patrol…

I love inspirational books as much as the next guy. I enjoy reading books or hearing inspirational talks that motivate me to dream big dreams and attempt great things. Who isn’t inspired to read of people like Walt Disney who envisioned Disneyland or a movie about Mary Poppins and then ultimately saw those dreams come…

The world is changing. That’s glaringly obvious. Nothing, it would appear, stays the same. Sometimes that’s good. At other times it’s disheartening. This past month I witnessed the world changing in some dramatic ways. For one, I walked my only daughter down the center aisle at our church and gave her hand to Mr. Sam…

Last week I had one of those thought-provoking times. March 24-28, my brother Mel and I traveled to Cuba. We led spiritual leadership conferences in Manzanillo, Santiago, and Guantanamo. In the evenings, we held meetings open to the public. It was a profound experience. Americans have a fascination with Cuba. In large part it is…

John’s Gospel begins, just like the book of Genesis, with: in the beginning. In Genesis, God speaks, and darkness is divided from the light (Gen. 1:4). Darkness and light have never successfully cohabitated. So it is no surprise that John noted in his Gospel that . . . the light shines in the darkness, and…

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