Important thoughts on the worst mass shooting in American History (Orlando, FL)

I wanted to share with you (what I consider to be) some very important, thoughtful, wise and ultimately Scriptural thoughts having to do with the Orlando tragedy. I pulled a few quotes from the two best articles that I read this week on the subject. I wish every Christ-Follower could read them. Hyperlinks are included…

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Are You Called? Thoughts to Stimulate and Challenge Your Idea of Calling

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” (Frederick Buechner) “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays—not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves…

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Good Friday Reflections

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB) Our growth in holiness does not come by becoming obsessed with the sin we are trying to overcome. Rather, it comes by becoming obsessed with…

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Jerry Bridges (1929 – 2016), an author who impacted me deeply

Jerry Bridges, well-known author and Christian speaker, passed away this week. Over the past 35+ years I have read almost all of Jerry’s books (20), and God has used them to impact me in profound ways. There were four of Jerry’s books that I read twice (yes, they were that good): The Pursuit of Holiness…

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Living for Something (and Someone) Bigger than Yourself

Last week, John Piper wrote a blog post that I found to be soul-stirring and challenging, especially as one of the “Baby Boomer” generation. I wanted to share it with you. Here is his post in its entirety: Hillary, Bernie, Donald and Me  by John Piper   At 70, I am energized to dream great…

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Soli Deo Gloria

This past weekend, the staff of Global Training Network traveled from across the country and around the world to gather together in the heart of Phoenix for three days of worship, prayer, teaching, collaboration and strategic planning for greater ministry effectiveness in the months and years to come. I’ve never felt more privileged to work…

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Great Quotes from Charles Spurgeon

This week I wanted to pass along a collection of a few quotes from one of the most respected preachers in history – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892). Spurgeon pastored for 38 years in London, England at the New Park Street Chapel (later called Metropolitan Tabernacle). Enjoy! “Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of…

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Top 50 Most Difficult Nations to be a Christian

 “Blessed are those who have been a persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. ‘Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the…

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To Quote

“The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced what you thought would deliver the ultimate – and it has let you down.” (Ravi Zacharias) “Most people don’t change until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of having to change.” (Anonymous) “If you want to see what judgment…

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Certainty, openness and theological wisdom

The more I travel globally to meet and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, the more I see the need for the wisdom and balance that Ray Ortlund shares in his most recent blog post (re-posted below). I’m troubled by those in the “all certainty” camp. But I’m equally troubled and concerned about those in the “all openness” camp….

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