Three Means to Hardened Heart

While visiting with a friend this morning the conversation turned to the too-common reality of a heart grown hard. My friend and I are people desperate to have hearts soft toward God, tender to his purposes and pleasures and presence. As we were reflecting on this hunger for pliability and proximity to the Father, what came to our minds were […]

The Power of a Small Group

It may well have been King David’s darkest hour. The security of his kingdom was unraveling around him. His own son, Absalom, was essentially taking over the empire through a bloody coup. People were deserting the king left and right, cursing him everywhere he went. It appeared all was lost, and that David had nothing left. Until he stumbled into the modest […]

Crazy Sex: Embracing God’s Best in a World Gone Crazy

Over the past couple of years since we at Bethel Church in Fargo, North Dakota, experienced a brief but important sermon series entitled, “Crazy Sex: Embracing God’s Best in a World Gone Crazy,” people have been asking if I might amplify that series in book form. Well . . . the answer is yes. Crazy Sex: Embracing God’s Best in […]

Renewing Winter-Dead Branches

As the month of March begins to tease many of us in the North Dakota and Minnesota region with hints of spring, I cannot help but find my hunger for seasonal renewal getting stronger. With the days getting ever longer and the snow melting more and more each day, it is hard to not be distracted with anticipation for winter’s […]

Fresh Wind for the Weary

Tucked away in the book of Isaiah is a personal note offered by the preincarnate Lord Jesus regarding his calling among men. It speaks to God’s faithful provision in a world desperate for hope and spiritual healing. Isaiah 50:4 begins with these descriptive words: The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. Immediately […]