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Prayer Update 14

Here we have it, my friends: a new prayer update! Let’s get praying!  (To view previous prayer updates, check out the archive here.  To check out the prayer list, click here.) First, when last I released a prayer update I added a new name a day or two after on Facebook and the actual post. The problem was, a lot …

The Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Nine

THE STORY SO FAR: Jonah’s parents were eaten by a demon.  He wants to get them back.  So, together with his friends Stuart, a talking salmon, Humphrey, a bowtie and bowler-bedecked troll, and Calisto, a testy harpy, he’s out to do just that.  He and his friends have been puddle-jumping between dimensions (literally) to find a means of defeating the …

God's Glory in a Seashell

God’s Glory in a Seashell

Deep in the twilight realms of the ocean glides a mysterious, marvelous monstrosity. Up to 43 feet long (though lengths of up to 59 feet have been reported) with eyes the size of dinner plates, its bouquet of pulsing, writhing tentacles contains hundreds of suction cup suckers through which it tastes its prey. Its only known enemy is the sperm whale, …

Man Striving

Your Best Life is Striving

I recently saw a post from a dear friend who said that it was impossible for us to live our best lives now, and that we wouldn’t receive the fullness of God’s blessing until we got to Heaven. Now, I understand what she was saying. I recognize that she is probably not Joel Osteen’s biggest fan. I also know that …

The Audacity of Hope

Back in October of last year I was invited to talk to the Puyallup chapter of Aglow International. I had recorded the whole thing on my little GoPro, but then it just kind of sat there. And sat there. Until now. This weaves together my story with Psalms 42-43 and some thoughts on hope. I call it “The Audacity of …

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Prayer Update 13

Long, long ago, in a place not so far from here, I offered you prayer updates for wonderful people who very much needed your prayers. However, in the weeks and then months that followed, I grew distracted with other things, and wrote other posts, and the prayer list began to gather dust. It wasn’t that I stopped praying for anyone …

A Legacy of Thankfulness

A Legacy of Thankfulness

Recently as I was driving I found myself wondering how I’d want my girls to feel when my time was over and I was gone. (Apparently I’m morbid like that.) What was the legacy I wanted to leave behind? What impression did I want to instill on those I went on ahead of? Did I want them to feel love? …

The Fish in Jonah's Puddle

The Fish in Jonah’s Puddle – Part Eight

(If you’d like to, you can read the previous chapters here.) THE STORY SO FAR: Jonah’s parents were recently eaten by a demon, and he is on a quest to get them back.  So, with his friends Stuart the salmon, Humphrey the troll and Calisto the harpy, he is traversing the dimensions to find a way to stop the demon and get …

The Boundless Mercy of God

The Boundless Mercy of God

Pope Francis once said that, “God forgives not with a decree but with a caress. … Jesus too goes beyond the law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins.”(1) That creates quite an image, doesn’t it? The perfect, holy God of the universe, creator of galaxies and gluons, sees the wounds you have inflicted on yourself, the pain …