The Best Fort Ever!

One year when I was a boy a bad tornado was approaching our home in suburban Chicago. I was watching the weather reports on television with my parents and younger sisters. This was something we were used to doing in the spring or summer. But I realized that this time was different when my Dad…

Rejoice! The Lord is Judge

As Christians today we talk a lot about the love and grace of God, but we don’t talk much about him being the holy Judge — that seems scary or harsh to us. And yet repeatedly, the Psalmist rejoices that the Lord is the Judge. He approaches God’s judgment seat not with fear or shame,…

Be Overshadowed by God

As part of our Soul Shepherding ministry, I regularly lead spiritual formation and soul care groups for pastors and Kristi leads groups for pastors’ wives. Let me share with you from my journal about one of my experiences… Today I was blessed to lead Lectio Divina for two groups of pastors. We shared in the Bible…

Fear Not the Ghosts and Goblins

I went to Disneyland with my daughter Jennie. We were looking forward to some father-daughter time. She says she’s “Daddy’s girl” and I love that! The Scariest Place on Earth? I had forgotten that Halloween is coming, but we sure knew it when we walked inside Disneyland. “The Happiest Place on Earth” here in Orange…

Smile in Your Storm

Dark storm clouds pelted torrents of freezing rain on Jesus and the disciples, gale winds whipped their boat in circles, and wave after wave splashed into them and was swamping their boat. The disciples were rowing and rowing as hard and fast as they could to get out of the furious squall and make it…

I am in Trouble

I’ve heard it said: “I pray when I’m in trouble… I pray all the time!” I relate! I’m in trouble all the time! Realizing this is the secret to a great prayer life. When our circumstances are pleasant, it’s easy to forget that we’re in trouble: the world is vain, demons are near, temptations abound,…