Patient prayer

The weather has been unseasonably mild for North Dakota, allowing us to fish out of boats in March.  I got the boat ready and took my seven year old for this year’s maiden voyage.  We reached our fishing spot and were fortunate to start catching fish soon.  Of course there were...
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Dead silence

We celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, but we rarely talk about the Saturday tucked between the cross and the empty tomb.  There is a message in that day for us.  The disciples had seen Jesus enter Jerusalem with pomp and circumstance just a week earlier.  They had...
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When you are all alone

I wear a headset microphone when I preach at church.  I am supposed to turn it off between worship services, but I forgot this past Sunday.  Imagine my surprise when I was informed every member of our music team could hear me through their in-ear-monitors.  Those poor people had...
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Spiritual service of worship

Romans 11:33-36 – Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!  For who has known the mind of the LORD, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to...
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Yes daddy

I have the privilege of meeting with several college students on a weekly basis.  These young men are a true joy.  They love the Lord, and they are truly FAT (Faithful-Available-Teachable) men.  We meet to discuss life and encourage each other in our pursuit of God.  We share a...
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This one thing

The television program, Shark Tank, is one I enjoy when I get the chance to watch it.  Aspiring entrepreneurs present their emerging businesses to a team of potential investors.  The entrepreneurs hope to acquire a business partner who will catapult them to great success.  One...
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Unbeknownst

I meet with several groups of pastors fairly regularly.  We had a special visitor once who I will never forget.  Our guest was an African man who was visiting a friend in our area.  His story of salvation blessed my heart greatly. This man was the son of a tribal chief.  He was...
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Hear ye, hear ye

Casual conversation has become more competitive in my home recently.  Our oldest is about to become a teenager, and she has developed a new gear in her speaking engine that allows her to talk at high speeds.  I have another child who can almost keep up with her older sister.  My...
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The right place at the right time

I had the joy of ice fishing with my brother on Lake of the Woods recently.  It was great to fish from the warm confines of a well-built ice house, and I received an education on fishing that particular lake.  In North Dakota, I am accustomed to looking for fish near structure...
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This is how

Genesis 6 is one of those monumental chapters of Scripture.  Following the fall of man when sin entered the world, the population grew in number and also in corruption. Genesis 6:5-6 says, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent...
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