The Gift of Suffering

The Gift of Suffering

I walked out of the clinic in a stupor. The sky seemed less colorful, the spring air less fresh, my legs less stable. I had testicular cancer. More blood tests, ultrasounds, X-rays. My dad flying in a few days before the surgery date. Surgery. Almost passing out in...
But God

But God

During yesterday’s devotions I was reminded again how much I love the “But God” verses. Consider Ephesians 2:1-7, for example: And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the...
Spam: Good for the Soul

Spam: Good for the Soul

I received 1,000 spams yesterday. The day before, I received 1,000 spams. In the past month, I’ve gotten over 30,000 spams, some of them, seemingly, from me. You see, I own and manage several websites, so all the spam that’s randomly sent to these domains...
The First Sacrifice

The First Sacrifice

The garden is still beautiful. Tucked among the deep green canopy of leaves, birds chirp and squirrels play. The air is fresh with the scent of flowers and dew. Being there, it just feels good to be alive. Except that the first two humans have just disobeyed their...
Early Hour Gray

Early Hour Gray

Suddenly, I wake up. It’s after midnight. I’m conscious enough to remember that my family and I are visiting friends in a nearby town, and I’m sleeping in a bedroom with my brother. He’s unsettled. Sitting up, he whispers urgently, “Did...
Pondering the Prophetic

Pondering the Prophetic

Do you ever have a sense of what’s going to happen before it happens? Do you ever have a word of counsel or encouragement come to mind that carries an authority beyond your natural ability? If so, do you think that maybe God had a hand in it? The truth is that...
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