Martin Luther called this verse “the Gospel in miniature…”

Martin Luther

Take some time in prayer today to consider the incredible lengths that Jesus Christ has gone to in order to forge a friendship with you. Carefully consider the one verse of Scripture which the church reformer, Martin Luther, called “the heart of the Bible, the Gospel in miniature”:“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life(John 3:16).”Told differently: “God”……………………………………….……………………………..….The greatest Lover “so loved”……………………………………………………………………The greatest Degree “the world”…………………………………………… … [Read more...]

The Hunger Generation: 11 Soul Cries That Are No “Game”

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya AngelouEvery year an avalanche of paperback novels and newly produced movies flies off the shelves and onto thousands of screens across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction and lay down $10+ for a movie in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or in the comfort of a well-cushioned chair. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story!Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations. The latest one to do so in a big way is certainly The … [Read more...]

Leading, the Millennials

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy captured the imaginations of Millennials as it contrasts the challenges of Frodo, the little Hobbit given a great responsibility and destiny. The Millennial Generation (or the Bridgers, Generation Next, Net Generation, and the Echo Boomer, among other designations) … or those born from 1982 to the present are the subject of much research and fascination. They represent a smaller number than their parent’s generation, but still a huge portion of the population, some number upwards of 60 million.One of the characteristics most frequently and famously attributed to … [Read more...]

RvRs – 12 Distinctions Between RELIGION and RELATIONSHIP

Religion is about man endeavoring to work his way to God;Relationship is about God coming down to man.Religion depends on man’s effort;Relationship depends on God’s grace.Religion is about working harder;Relationship is about coming closer.Religion is based on rules;Relationship is based on a promise.Religion is a chore;Relationship, an adventure.Religion is complicated;Relationship is simple. … [Read more...]

Working On Your Joy?

“I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4b I know Christians are supposed to be joyful people. And I realize that joy is a result of having the Spirit in me. . .that among all the people of the earth, Christians have the greatest reason to be full of joy. But, sometimes life steps in and robs me of the joy. I know I should feel it, but sometimes I just don’t. The question emerges: Is joy something I should just wait for? Will it just come upon me?I am not alone. There seems to be a great absence of joy in the lives of many Christians and congregations today. Of the several “fruit of t … [Read more...]

Living Life From the Soul

"...the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, ...and the man became a living soul." Gen. 2:7 NIV/KJV "The tragedy of man is not that we die, but that which dies in us while we still live." Albert Schweitzer We were designed by God to live life one way . . . from the soul.  For some reason, however, more often than not, most end up living life in almost every other way except that one.When a young adult begins to discover how to tap the resources of their soul, they find a virtually inexhaustible supply of strength, motivation, … [Read more...]

Here We Go!

It's official!  I am moving my blog over to Patheos and looking forward to writing in this neighborhood for a change.  This is Blog #1 for me at this new site.  Also, within a week or so, I will be starting a new regular column with Patheos.  If you are one of the early visitors to this site - WELCOME! Keep your eyes open for my column installments and frequent posts at this blog.I am looking forward to reflecting, interacting, critiquing, sharing, encouraging, and asking questions right here - and often. My journey of faith in Christ has gone through many changes over the years, twists and t … [Read more...]


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