Letting Go Of Daydreams

"Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." Hebrews 10:35-36            We have all spent time hoping or dreaming of some great thing happening to us; especially when we feel we have suffered or been deprived in some way. That
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Leaving the Shadowlands

     "...who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things..."  (Hebrews 8:5)How many things that we love about this life are only shadows and copies of that which eternity offers us?How is our present earth a shadow of the new earth to come?How are our heavens a shadow of the new heavens that are to come?How is our joy a shadow of the real joy to come?How are our relationships
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Lessons in catching the real Christmas spirit.

WHAT IS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ANYWAY?     An article in a local newspaper caught my eye. A columnist had written an article entitled, “A lesson in catching the Christmas spirit.” Like many of us, he was engaged in a pilgrimage of the heart, searching for that elusive destination, the true Christmas spirit. He invited his readers to join him on his journey. He began
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The Power of Weakness: Embracing the True Source of Strength

My new book to be released in the fall is The Power of Weakness: Embracing the True Source of Strength.  Here is a look at the cover.  My publisher is Discovery House Publishers.  If you feel weak and powerless at times, and are tired of trying to be strong--this book is written for you.  There is a power that God has always wanted us to experience, and it's not just for the super
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"And they lived happily ever after!" Escapism or reality?

Since I was just a little boy, one of my favorite lines in the world is..."and they lived happily ever after."  I've always loved movies and books that have happy endings.  I've read so many books and seen so many movies that didn't have happy endings and at the end I always feel let down.  I began to wonder why that happy ending was so important to me; why it struck such a chord in
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What if it's too late to ask forgiveness?

When I was a young boy, I had a babysitter in the little town of Santa Rosa, California.  I stayed there most of the day after school till my mom arrived to take me home.  There were other children there as well.  One day one of the boys took me out to the front yard to show me something.  He pointed to a boy on a bicycle across the street.  He whispered to me, "that kid's
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Is Visionary Leadership all its cracked up to be?

It is almost like a knee reflex for pastors, we must have and be able to constantly articulate a "vision" for our church and our ministry.  If we don't, something is wrong with us (or we're just ignorant, uneducated, or backwards).  I've always identified a bit with George Bush Sr. when he was campaigning for a second term as President and was questioned about what his vision for America
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Jesus and Aragorn!

            Most people who know me are aware that I am a J. R. Tolkien fan.  I absolutely love the Hobbit, and the trilogy, the Lord of the Rings.  One of the main characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a man named Strider.  He is a Ranger from the north, tall, lanky, quiet but with a definite authority about him.  He is fearless, but not a
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