Fall in Love with God

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. Do you have a valentine? How about asking God to be your valentine? Francis of Assisi prayed, “O, God, help me to want to love you.”[1] For one pastor, that desire began to have a profound effect upon him. I began to feel something while praying that I didn’t have language…

Exercise for the New Year

We grow strong in the areas in which we exercise! If we exercise thanksgiving, we grow in gratitude. When we embrace the discipline of prayer, we grow in prayer, and intensify our sensitivity to God’s presence. When we give, a heart of generosity grows within us. When we love, we become more loving. When we…

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…