Category Archives: gospel

You have 5 minutes. Go!

My friend AJ could sell an ice cube to an Eskimo. He’s a people person with an enthusiasm and positive attitude that will not quit. It’s like he has a magnet inside him that makes you want to be around him. … Continue reading

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Meeting with Liver Doctor

Here we go. Do you get nervous around medical stuff? I used to freak out. Now I just freak out about a couple doctors. It’s the doctors who look at my tests and give a thumbs up for stabilizing or … Continue reading

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Living like I’m dying

I have a confession to make. I’m liking a lot of country music these days. Yeah. Yeehah! Now before you give up on me, you have to realize that I am still way cooler than your average guy. I still … Continue reading

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I can hear the Yeti breathing

The day before I was admitted to the hospital in Florida, I went on a roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That, in itself, was a victory. In January of 2009 I weighed 293 pounds during our family vacation in … Continue reading

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Today can we just play “pretend?”

Imagination is a gift. I love it when children invite me into their world to pretend. From playing catch with an invisible ball with Elizabeth to being trains with Andrew, it’s such a cool thing to be part of their … Continue reading

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Today was my best day in a week. Woohoo!

After a pretty good night’s sleep with only 2 leg-cramping episodes, I awoke with a strange sensation in my belly … I WAS HUNGRY!!! Now that might not sound like a big deal to you but it was for me. … Continue reading

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Weeping big tears

Tonight I cried. I cried hard. I talked to God and asked Him all the things you might expect: why me, why now? I recited the 23rd Psalm hoping for comfort. Instead I kept choking on the “valley of the … Continue reading

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Hey, Bob, those sure are some swell leaves …

Picture this. You pull up to an apple orchard, get out of your car and pull on a coat to block the crisp, fall air. Just up the hill you spot rows and rows of apple trees. Their thick green … Continue reading

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A bloodied pile of bodies in your wake?

Something doesn’t add up. Have you met the “pastor” who says he is all about spreading the gospel but treats people like crap? I have. Heck, I’ve even been guilty of doing the same thing. When we’re more about advancing … Continue reading

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Wisdom in an 86 year old package

My friend is 86. We’re somewhat of an odd pair. I’m not even sure when our friendship began. I know it was several years ago and I think I was listening to him in the hallway of a big building … Continue reading

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This hit me. You?

Reposted from lazaroo blog “Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.” (2 Chronicles 2:1) That’s pretty much the way it goes, isn’t it, Jesus? Even while we’re building … Continue reading

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I’m disturbed. I’m praying you are too

Wow … Prayed in 1577 and so true today. We Christians need a good shaking. Disturb us, Lord! Prayer of Francis Drake, 1577 Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because … Continue reading

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Viral? I don’t even think we have a sniffle.

I’ve been in church 47 years. I’ve heard a lot of sermons about evangelism. But I don’t have a single example of even one of the churches I’ve been in actively and intentionally starting a new church or a new … Continue reading

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Churches need to stop thinking with their “buts.”

The story goes like this. Moses sends a delegation of spies into the land that God promised. They go and spend 40 days scouting things out. They study the people. They take soil samples. They carry back some crops. Their … Continue reading

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17,000 People read my blog? Um, so what?

In September about 17,000 people read my blog. Maybe there is something to this blogging thing after all? Mostly I just write it as a way to get stuff outta my mind or off my chest like a journal. It … Continue reading

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