Abba, Father: What Having God as My Heavenly Father Means to Me

I grew up with a father who slept at home, but generally wasn’t there for me or my brother. He was a good provider, and I was proud of his extraordinary physical strength, but he didn’t come to my games or any school activities. I never had the experience of playing catch or going camping or fishing with him. He was a skilled mechanic, but didn’t take the time to teach me how to work with my hands. He was always… Read more

Open Your Eyes to All the Gifts God Has Given You This Christmas

Sometimes focusing on God’s “big miracles”—like curing cancer and making brain tumors disappear—causes us to overlook His small, daily miracles of providence. Read more

One Man’s Story of Faithfully Loving His Wife Through Early Onset Dementia

Six years ago, a neurologist gave Debbie Echternach, then age 56, a diagnosis no one wants to hear: “Your brain has atrophied. You have early onset dementia.” Since that time, her husband Jay, a good friend and an EPM board member, has written eloquently about their experience. Each time he sends an update about Debbie, I’ve deeply appreciated his heartfelt insights, and faithful love for his precious wife. Nanci and I have known Jay and Debbie many years. They were in a… Read more

The Courage to Share Jesus

Jesus did the hard work of redemption. He calls us to do our part: sharing the Good News with those who desperately need Him (which is everyone!). Read more

Light Has Dawned: Reflections at Christmastime on the Light of Jesus

One day I got a late start on a bike ride and went too far. By the time I turned around, I found myself miles from home on a trail with absolutely no light. At times I could not see the trail’s edge, and I had no clue what was on either side. I was in the dark. Alone. Or at least I thought so, until I felt a presence and realized I’d just passed someone within inches. I could… Read more

The Incredible Museum of the Bible, Now Open in Washington, D.C.

Last month when Nanci and I were in Washington, D.C., we had the opportunity to preview the 430,000 square foot Museum of the Bible, which is now officially open to the public. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s absolutely incredible. All of us who were there kept looking at each other, shaking our heads in disbelief at how magnificent it was. The most commonly heard word was “Wow!” This picture was taken from the top floor where you can… Read more

Let Us Bless His Name, This Thanksgiving and All Year Round

Happy Thanksgiving to every reader, American and people of all nations. Read more

Baptism: a Step of Obedience and a Public Profession

Here are some video reflections on baptism from NFL linebacker Demario Davis: Randy again: Just before ascending, Jesus commissioned His disciples to go, make disciples, baptize people in the name of the triune God, and teach them to obey all His commands (Matthew 28:18-20). Baptism should be important to us because it’s important to Jesus. When we are born again, we’re each “baptized” by the Spirit into the Body of Christ, which is the church: “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews… Read more

Why the Coming Resurrection Frees You from the Bucket List Mentality

A bucket list is entirely understandable for people who believe that this is the only life they will ever live, and that after they die they will no longer exist. Read more

God’s Offer of Forgiveness and Freedom

Here are some great thoughts about salvation, forgiveness, and repentance from NFL special teams standout Matthew Slater. Randy again: As Matthew says, it’s vital we understand who God is, and what He says about us and our sin. To fall short of a touchdown is disappointing, but our problem is much bigger: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There’s bad news and good news: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of… Read more

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