Reflections on Turning 60

Reflections on Turning 60

First, I don’t feel like I thought I’d feel at 60. It sounds really old to me. But I don’t feel substantially different at 60 than I did at 40. A few more aches and pains to be sure. But I feel good and by God’s grace, I’m still fit and sharp. I truly believe my...
As

As

Who knew such a small word could be such a game changer? But Jesus changed everything with this one word. He forever set the tone for life in the Kingdom of Heaven with it. He used it to establish the singular command that would encompass everything else in the New...
Restart

Restart

“Do you want to get well?” Jesus in John 5:6 Those words rang in my ear, even haunted me, throughout a 3-minute devotional one of the participants in my small group was sharing at the Speak Up Conference. My job was to mentor the group and do a critique of...
Necessary Endings

Necessary Endings

I love the next thing. I love beginnings. I’m simply wired for them. But as we close out 2022, I’m thinking about endings. We just finished moving out of our house in Big Cove that we’d lived in for 16 years. It’s kind of surreal and not a little sad. But...
Re: My Word for 2022

Re: My Word for 2022

Re. That’s it. That’s my word for 2022. No, not the musical note. And no, not the abbreviated version of regarding. Just Re.  It means “once more, afresh, anew.” In short, again. There’s a lot to this little word. I couldn’t settle in on just one of the possible...
Adapt

Adapt

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV) I went to the wilderness this past weekend with a few...
Trials

Trials

The Word for the Week this week comes from my friend Shadia Hrichi. It’s an important take on trials and temptations “Don’t give the devil so much credit.” I do not remember the exact details that prompted my friend to say such a thing, but I do recall being a...
Hope

Hope

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little hope right now. You may have noticed I missed posting a “Word for the Week” two weeks ago. Honestly, it was because I was in such a season of lament. I couldn’t think of any words other than lament, despair, aftermath,...
Can

Can

“The world is temporarily closed.” I never liked it when anyone told me I can’t do something. It’s just in my nature. I’m the guy that if you tell me I can’t do something, I’m probably gonna give it a whirl, just to prove I can. Or die trying. You may not be just like...
Perfect

Perfect

“To bring many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”  Hebrews 2:10 Many of us are suffering right now. A worldwide health pandemic, the...
Unshakable

Unshakable

“All of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”  (Hebrews 12:27-29, NLT) “Do you know where Zach...