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Keepers not Captains

The UEFA Cup is ramping up for quarter final play. This post has nothing to do with goal keepers or team captains. It has everything to do with our relationship to our souls. A man from the crowd wants Jesus to play Judge Judy and settle an inheritance dispute (Lk 12:13). Jesus sidesteps that to…

3 Keys to Being a Neighbour

When asked “Who is my neighbour” (Lk 10:29) Jesus told the story we often call the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus did not answer the question he was asked. That was the wrong question! What Jesus was illustrating in his story was how we can be neighbours to another. It isn’t about defining neighbour…

What is a breath prayer?

Overwhelmed with life right now? Feeling out of breath? Then breath prayers are definitely something you should practice. A breath prayer is a short request of God that you can express in one exhale. A traditional example would be the Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Many…

Eternal Living

Eternal life is not about going to heaven. If that goes too far for you, then I will back off a bit and say that eternal life is not just about going to heaven. Why do I say this? John, a disciple of Jesus, writes to a group of churches to assure them of their…

Joy – Winning at life the Jesus Way

An encounter with the risen Lord left the women full of joy. Their positive outlook is not a perspective that is limited to the main actors of the first Easter morning. Joy can be, or better stated, should be, a legitimate label applied to our disposition too. But more times than we like to admit,…

Kingdom Client Cards

We were traveling outside of our home country anticipating that we could access our bank account using our client card. Not! Our attempts failed because our pin number was deemed invalid. Yikes! That put a real damper on things. John, the disciple of Jesus, writes to believers: Do not love the world or anything in…

Eyes Up (1Jn 2:12-14)

The number one error made by drivers jockeying a fast car through a winding track is that their eyes are too low. They focus on what is just in front of them. That is a recipe for finding the in-field or outer wall. Drivers need to keep their eyes up to navigate successfully. The beloved…

Twisting Truth

They claimed a special and close relationship with God. That was a lie. It was a lie they promoted, a lie they believed and a lie that caused them to leave the Body of Christ.┬áThe beloved disciple, writes a letter (i.e., 1John) to respond to those dissenters and to affirm the faithful. John reminds his…

A Keystone Habit for 2016

Her name was Lisa Allen. She had started to smoke and drink by 16, she struggled with obesity, in her twenties she was heavily in debt and couldn’t hold a job. Then things changed. She quit smoking, began exercising, lost 60 lbs, ran a marathon, completed a master’s degree and bought a house. Wow! What…