Time for cake: Celebrating new life in Jesus

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Colossians 2:12–15, 3:1–4   There was something about the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting that immediately impressed me. My friend had invited me to attend because he would be…

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God chooses wingless messengers

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Isaiah 6:1–4, 6 Seraphim are impressive beings! Can you imagine six-winged creatures so powerful the sound of their voices makes a building shake? I’ve been to rock concerts…

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Well haggled

Sunday, December 1, 2013

John 4  The men stopped talking and stared at the distance; a few of them looked at the ground. She was alone, and her hair was long and…

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The God who can bend nature

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Abram and his wife Sarai were childless. Sarai was 89 years old. What are the chances a woman unable to bear children throughout her entire life would bear a child at 89? But God had promised Abram and Sarai a baby 24 years earlier.

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Meandering lives

Monday, July 1, 2013

God will use us in more ways than we can see or understand, as we allow his Holy Spirit to do his work, slowly carving and reshaping our lives and circumstances. We have an unmistakable part to play, yet the Lord will weave our life experiences together into his bigger kingdom purposes.

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The little boy who went all in: A story of whole-hearted worship

Saturday, June 1, 2013

John 6:5–13  The other night, I asked two smart little boys if they could recall a story from the Bible where a child did a beautiful thing for…

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The gift in loneliness

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

James 5:17, 1 Kings 18:16–19:18  Elijah was “a man just like us,” according to James 5:17. Yet, when I think of Elijah, I typically think of his daring…

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Come and rest in God’s arms

Monday, April 1, 2013

Deuteronomy 33:12  As I write this article, my wife and I are eagerly anticipating the birth of our second child. As we schedule our days and weeks, it’s…

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He’s not dead anymore!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Matthew 28:5–6 As a father of three children, aged seven and under, I love the lessons I learn by seeing life through my kids’ eyes. Such was the…

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With these rocks we will build our church

Saturday, December 1, 2012

John 8:9-11 They had already finished when we rushed the room. But it didn’t matter. Everything was still in place and there was no question. John jumped up…

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Through the breaking waves of death

Thursday, November 1, 2012

For ancient mariners, there could hardly have been a more terror-inducing sound than the roar of waves breaking onto the shore, threatening destruction of the ship and death to all life aboard…

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Is work really a curse?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

When I was a child, I thought work was God’s curse on humanity. As I was forced to do my Saturday morning chores, I reflected more than once on how dumb Adam and Eve must have been to take that fruit. Wouldn’t it be better if all I had to do was lie in a hammock and listen to the wind blowing through the trees? I was already looking forward to what life would be like when I turned 65 and could retire.

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Trees and streams

Friday, June 1, 2012

I’ve never worked on a farm or in agriculture, but I know the key principle of the industry: everything needs water to grow. Very little thrives without it – plants, trees, even humans.

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Good and mad

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Slow to get angry. What would our relationships look like if we obeyed this teaching? What would the world look like if Christians obeyed this teaching? Behaving this way doesn’t come naturally to me. Rather, it’s something I need to practice with intentionality.

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Two Easter truths

Sunday, April 1, 2012

On February 9, 2012, fifteen speakers at the second annual TEDxManitoba conference, including two from Mennonite Brethren churches, animated the day with their “ideas worth spreading.” Technology Education Design is a secular, nonprofit project that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately the world. Their online site www.ted.com/talks attracts a global audience in the millions.

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