Your Miracle Awaits You!

March 27th, 2012 No comments

I took another look at the woman that Jesus called a dog! Yep! He called the lady a dog…fighting words for most of us. While the term dog was generally used in reference to Gentiles or non Jews it still is not a compliment. The Lord basically told the

woman from Canaan that her request for healing for her daughter was inappropriate; that He was currently only ministering to the Jews and He referred to healing as the “children’s bread”. This is where my respect for this desperate, screaming, crying woman begins to escalate. Resisting the temptation to walk off in indignation, out of desperation she connects to the child in all of us. Read more…

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Resting Place

March 13th, 2012 10 comments

This past weekend we were preparing for the arrival of our new grandson, Jakob Layten. Knowing that his older brother Samuel would be spending a couple nights with us we

needed to make some sleeping arrangements. Sam’s propensity for sleeping in my bed was cute but now had become a needed adjustment. At nearly two years of age, it was either him or me, and so fortunately for me, he had to make other arrangements! Read more…

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Love Your Haters

March 5th, 2012 7 comments


I recently shared a message with our church that I simply called, Love Your Haters, available on CD and DVD. In the message, I took the time to help redefine the overuse of words like enemy and/or hater. Additionally, I tried to “deglamorize” the notion of having enemies.

It occurs to me that having enemies is not a necessarily good thing nor is it glamorous. David pleaded with God, “Don’t let my enemies triumph over me!” (Psalm 41.11) And yet, it seems that even some preachers have gotten into the “hateration” hype of seemingly appearing almost happy about adding more and more people to their list of so called enemies. Read more…

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