Walking through Walls

Waiting is a hard place to be. When waiting is necessary. When it is necessary to stop. When it is necessary to take stock. When it is necessary to contend with loss. When it is necessary to let go. It is hard to stop. And sit in it. To let it happen and not run […]

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Thriving in the Desert

This is the final post in a 3-part series. Read part 1: Alone in the Desert. Like navigating the open terrain of a physical desert environment, it’s critical to recognize your desert and respond accordingly. As those familiar with the desert know, it can be a lonely place. You can easily buy one of the […]

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“But Note Joseph…”

But note Joseph’s words: “it was not you who sent me here, but God” (Genesis 45:8). Neither treacherous siblings nor a woman’s lust nor the shame of prison nor a cupbearer’s neglect could thwart the purpose of God (Job 42:2) in preserving God’s people (Genesis 45:7) and fulfilling a prophecy given to Abraham (Genesis 15:13). […]

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A Thankful Heart in Chiang Rai

9:01 p.m., Night Bazaar, Chiang Rai It’s my last night in Thailand, and I’m here at the local night bazaar, finally sitting down for a late dinner. Chicken soup and 7-Up are on the menu today. I’m afraid it’s all that’s sounded good. I almost made it through my whole trip without incident until I […]

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I Am the Older Son Too

Reflections on Luke 15:11-32 After reading Jesus’ story of the prodigal son, I’m struck with how much I resonate with this character. As the prodigal, I’ve left the Father to go my own way and take life into my own hands only to make a mess of things and find that life is not there.  […]

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