Oh taste of love

It’s impossible to fully put into words God’s love. It’s so wide and deep and unnatural from a human perspective. Yet, in a way, God’s love is quite simple and tangible. You can see it a neighbor’s kindness….in a heart-felt thank you….in someone going out of their way to help another who is hurting. Of course we know: God is love….and when He is present in others hearts, we see His love shine through in astounding ways. I was led

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Bags of Gold

Walking up the stairs one day after my first chemotherapy treatment, I had a bounce in my step that I’d not had in several days. I felt better than good; I felt really good. I had gotten really tired around noon that day and regained my strength late afternoon. In that moment of realizing the state of my health, I became overwhelmingly focused on gratitude and all the things I’ve been given from the Lord. A beautiful home and loving

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An Ocean of Love

We went to Hilton Head recently and I got to do something quite special.  I sat alone in a beach chair in the water as the tide went out.  For 30 minutes my mind and soul were transfixed on the wonder, scale and epic nature of the ocean.  For me, the vastness of the ocean is a powerful metaphor of the immense nature of God and the expanse of His everlasting love toward us.  Even the waves lapping on the

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If diamonds rained

We will rejoice in you and be glad. We will extol your love more than wine.  Song of Solomon 1:4 For years I tried to gather up all the diamonds and jewels this world had to offer.  I was so obsessed with gathering up material things that I was oblivious to God’s abundant goodness and beauty all around me.  He was around me all the time with eternal treasure, yet I was blind and uninterested.  This poem is about that

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More Divinely Blessed

As we transition from winter to spring it stirs my heart to see life emerge in both animals and plants. It is surely a picture of Easter and resurrected life. Last week, on a warm spring morning, I saw several small birds flittering around our water fountain to get a drink of water. I was reminded of how well they are taken care of, yet how much more God loves and cares for us. Hope you enjoy this poem about

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Fullness now we can receive

At Easter we celebrate the beauty and life resulting from Jesus’ painful work on the Cross. He endured tremendous agony to carry the sin burden of us all, yet on the other side is abiding love and wonder. We get to experience a fullness of life that simply cannot be replaced by any work of man, no matter how great. Here at Easter, I pray that you yield your very life to Him so that you can experience the utter

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A Life with Friends

A Life with Friends I am very fortunate to be rich in friends, close friends….my wife and family of course, my business partner, small group brothers and others who have come into my life. Because we are true friends, they can tell me when they think I’m wrong or they can correct some error in my thinking, but even more important that that, their main concern is to move me closer to God, where He can address any issue or

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The love of a helper

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 I have often wondered why more people don’t do all sort of really bad things to get what they want.   Why isn’t the crime rate much, much higher? There are certainly people down on their luck who could justify any numbers of crimes to get what they

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Do you live with regret?

Despite our past failings and mistakes we can still experience beauty, goodness and joy. About 10 years ago, we planted new trees and shrubs in our backyard.  As a centerpiece we planted this Japanese maple where we could see it outside our patio windows.   We knew its color would be awesome, not to mention its beautiful shape. When the tree was still small I noticed it leaned to the right.   I tried to correct it by pulling it

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Swinging for the piñata!

Remember trying to crack open the piñata at a friend’s birthday party? There it was, a thing of great value, swinging from a rope tied to a tree limb. As a kid your only desire is to break it open. But you’re blind-folded, so you can’t ever hit the darn thing!   So a helpful parent comes along and does what all parents do at piñata parties.  First, they tell you to stop swinging (so they don’t get killed)! Then

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