Compartments

We live an age of compartmentalization. Compartmentalization is the making of separate mental, physical, and emotional “baskets” or “rooms” for our lives in the areas of work, money, family, church, sports, friends, and even God. While compartmentalizing can be...

Campfires

Each summer I look forward to times with my family and friends around a campfire. In addition to telling stories, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making smores, there is something warm and appealing about the sight of spark-sprinkled smoke wafting into the...

Flare-prayers

Last week I had the privilege of leading worship for a Pastors Appreciation Lunch, sponsored by a national Christian communications network.   After a great, God-anointed time of worship, I sat down to enjoy the meal and keynote speaker, along with pastors from my...

Minnesota Spring

We are in the midst of a glorious spring in Minnesota. During a run last week, my senses were awakened by the sweet perfume that permeated the air. I looked around to see the purples, reds, and dazzling whites of the apple and crab trees and lilac bushes.  My usual 5k...

Dented Doors

Worshiping God always involves a choice, either to follow our own emotions and inclinations or to yield to God and His presence in our circumstances, whether good or bad. Last weekend my brother-in-law Mike drove to a local home improvement store in his brand new GMC...