Saturday, August 02, 2014

Write it Down!

"Write down for the record everything I have said to you" (Jeremiah 30:2).

I don't like to write.  I like to talk. I like to pass along new information.  I like to teach. I like to inspire life-change.  I  just don't like to write.

The one exception to my reluctance to write would be journaling.  I have been writing a spiritual diary for many years--more regularly at times.  The purpose of the journal is to record impressions from the Bible that I pick up on during my prayer-time.

When I read the Bible, I am listening for God's perspective on my life. I am listening for direction and for understanding of the events of my days.  I am listening for promises. I am listening for rebuke and correction.  I am listening!  Writing what I hear seems to force me to listen a little more closely--to pay attention to what I'm reading.  My attention to the discipline of being in the Word is enhanced by the expectation that I need to find something to write down.

Write it down!

Thursday, July 31, 2014


"The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith." --Paul (1 Timothy 1:5)

Think about the early part of that verse for a moment, Paul says, "The purpose of my teaching is that Christians would be filled with love". Remember, Paul wrote around 2/3 of the New Testament. With that in mind, the purpose of the New Testament (at least 2/3 of it) must be that Christians be filled with love. Now my question is this, "Are Christians today known by their love?" And is the church known by its love?, or rather by what and who it's against?

Let's work on it today. Find a need and meet it! Find a lost soul and share from your abundance. Live the Good News: God's not angry with us any more!

If you want a recipe for love, then Paul shares it. Love comes from a "pure heart", "a clear conscience", and "sincere faith". The ingredients are just a prayer away. Go ahead! Try it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Let the Writing Begin...

I am so very happy to announce that Tina and I have signed a publishing contract with Kregel Publications to write a new book.  We have been working on a project for quite some time and we are thrilled that Kregel is going to partner with us on the project.  Pray for us as we move forward and as we seek to create something that will have a big impact on broken and wounded lives.  Kregel published Tina's first book, Wounded Women of the Bible, and so it is fitting that we continue together.  This is my first attempt at writing and so Tina will have her hands full keeping me on task.  I look forward to sharing more with you in the near future.  Thanks for your support and I can't wait to share this book with you.  I don't believe anything like this has ever been written before.  We're believing that lives will be changed through this resource.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

AWSA Nonfiction Book of the Year!!

Congratulations to my beautiful and talented wife who was today awarded The Golden Scroll Award for 2014 Nonfiction Book of the Year!  Tina shares the honor with her long-time friend and coauthor Dena Dyer.  I couldn't be prouder!