Latest Reflections

Rummaging Thru the God Box

Though we are now a few weeks beyond that date in which we arrived so enthusiastically in Fargo, North Dakota, we still have a plethora of boxes filling our garage like one of those obscure government warehouses in the Indiana Jones movies. Floor to ceiling, front to back . . . boxes are everywhere. What we need to do is […]

Taking Note of the Little Things

Endless are the times when the cares of the heart are many. That is why one helpful encouragement, found in Psalm 94:19, is so worthy of your attention. Read it carefully: When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul. Webster tells us that “consolation” has to do with comfort in the midst of grief or […]

From This Morning’s Journal

“Frankly words are hard to find to describe my experience last night with Bethel’s elders. First was the transparency of the whole group. It was unbelievable . . . refreshing! “Secondly was the respect and trust. It is a culture of empowerment and not one of control. Their deference . . . was amazing; but not in a weak way. […]

“He Will Act”

With the lazy days of summer slowly slipping away, and the rush of a busy fall looming, one question pesters the mind: Are you ready? Some of you are preparing to head toward college. Some of you are determining just how to give special care to a needy loved one. Others are discerning how to spend precious dollars in an […]

Yet Again I Cried

Someone told me yesterday that I was perceived as “a man’s man,” whatever that means. I want very much to believe that it is a compliment worth holding to my heart like some soldier who bears a brilliant medal for courage under fire. After all . . . what man worth his salt would not want to be known as, […]

“You Are Not From Around Here.”

Every store I have walked into since arriving in this warm-in-all-the-right-ways-place has found me answering a question I think I have only answered in faraway spots like Petra, Papua New Guinea, or Petionville, Haiti. And what is that question? Where are you from? Of course the question can be easily reshaped into a statement, one that, like the question, I […]