Monthly Archives: September 2011

Laughter and Singing

Laughter and Singing “You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing.” (1Peter 1:8, The Message). Imagine Peter’s delight in watching a generation rise up of those who never saw Jesus — but yet loved and believed in Him. Not only that, but they believed in the face of… (more…)

The Future Starts Now!

The Future Starts Now! “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!” (1 Peter 1:3-4, The Message). When Jesus came to… (more…)

Bloom Where You are Planted

Bloom Where You are Planted “I am writing to the exiles scattered to the four winds. Not one is missing, not one forgotten.” (1 Peter 1:1, The Message). From one point of view we see a national disaster — hundreds of thousands of citizens uprooted from their homes by an occupying army, and driven like cattle into the highways and… (more…)

On Assignment by Jesus

On Assignment by Jesus “I, Peter, am an apostle on assignment by Jesus, the Messiah” (1 Peter 1:1 The Message). Delightful thing this is, to be on assignment by Jesus. The word means to appoint a particular person to a specific use. Os Guinness wrote, “Our passion is to know that we are fulfilling the purpose for which we are… (more…)

In the Midst of Regular Work

In the Midst of Regular Work “It was their regular work.” (Matthew 4:18, The Message). Here we have two guys minding their own business, when suddenly, and unexpectedly they are interrupted by a preacher. We could finish the story fifty different ways, but none would be as astounding as what actually happened after this brief encounter. For the two guys… (more…)

Numbering Our Days

Numbering Our Days “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NASB). I once heard a comedian say, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper — the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!” Perhaps you have noticed how the pace of Life has picked… (more…)

Uncovering Lost Secrets of True Success

Uncovering Lost Secrets of True Success “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8). Nordstrom’s, one of the most successful retail companies in the world, hosted the top executives from J.C. Penny’s at a business luncheon held in the Nordstrom corporate offices. Penny’s, a company once at the forefront of commercial… (more…)

Crowding Out the Things that Matter

Crowding Out the Things that Matter “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). A few years ago National Geographic magazine did a report on Yosemite National Park, and featured a story about Carl Sharsmith, an 81 year old guide at the historic site. Carl was in his tent after a long afternoon with tourists. His nose… (more…)

Five Lessons for Dreamers (Part 5)

Five Lessons for Dreamers (Part 5) “Now Joseph had a dream.” (Genesis 37:5) Looking back upon the story of Joseph the dreamer, and seeing how God exalted him in the land of Egypt and blessed him with favor and great success — a pattern emerges, providing us today with guidelines we may follow into our own place of blessing and… (more…)

Sorry that I did not get this up yesterday. I had to go to the VA hospital for a eye check up.

Five Lessons for Dreamers (Part 2) “Now Joseph had a dream.” (Genesis 37:5) Looking back upon the story of Joseph the dreamer, and seeing how God exalted him in the land of Egypt and blessed him with favor and great success — a pattern emerges, providing us today with guidelines we may follow into our own place of blessing and… (more…)