An Island of Joy

North Platte, Nebraska is a relatively sleepy little mid-western town with a population of only some 20,000. It sits just north of I-80. It isn’t Lincoln or Omaha. Few today would know its significance. In the days before the interstate, North Platte was big. It was a railroad town. During WWII, it seemed that half…

Principles of Joy – Part 1

As we approach the Christmas season, over the next several weeks we will walk through several principles to practice joy. Joy – A Fire. “Joy,” Helen Keller would say, “is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” Paul urged, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).…

A Place of Rest

Prayer should be passionate. And prayer should be the essence of peace and rest. God created the earth and all in it in six days – and then He rested. The crowning end of creation was rest. The last creature created on the sixth day was man, so the first full day for Adam and…

Blindly Blessed

In the USA, we have it so good that when the smallest thing goes bad, we catastrophize. We have conquered raging rivers with our elaborate dam systems, and wiped out life threatening childhood diseases. We moved from the horse and buggy as the principle means of transportation to manned missions to the moon and back.…

Helpful Prayer Tips

Develop a Plan. Don’t be overwhelmed. Start slow. Keep things simple at the beginning. Most people get discouraged in prayer because their prayer time has no or little structure. Without a plan, you drift. Pray without ceasing. Praying in the morning in a less than casual way is a doorway to living in an attitude…

Making Sense of Tragedy

When tragedy occurs, our minds spin and questions arise like combatants – resisting the initial news. Who? What? When? Where? With every layer we are relieved or more emotionally embroiled. Who? – “Well it wasn’t my child.” When? – “Couldn’t have been!” Slowly the pixels of information form a picture in our mind which informs…

God’s Desire for Us

God wastes nothing. Everything you have gone through will turn to His glory! Everything. With your whole life, you are destined to praise Him. “You have heard of the endurance of Job…and the end intended by the Lord!” This gap between the gospel we preach and the gospel we practice[1]is like a Grand Canyon. We…