The Man from Shakopee and Other Travel Musings

He and I couldn’t have been more different, but we found middle ground at a gas station’s grassy parkway somewhere in Georgia.  He was traveling south from Shakopee, MN and I was traveling north from Florida.  He had ear piercings and multiple tattoos, spiked hair, and was wearing a Bad Wolves shirt as he got […]

June 20, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Sabbath Healing for the Whole Man

One final look at the Sabbath.  There are people in the assembly, the church, the synagogue in need of healing.  Who among us is completely whole and without any brokenness all the time?  Jesus never layered an expectation of perfection upon people who gathered to worship.  They could come just as they are and learn […]

June 19, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Sabbath Working

For the pastor, theologian, or Bible teacher who reads about Sabbath, our challenge is double: reading Scripture is not only dependence upon God, but it’s work.  We cannot read the Bible as our nighttime reading for relaxation and meditation without it turning our minds back on. (Barbara, maybe it’s just you…) OK, maybe it is […]

June 11, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Memorial Day 2018-I Remember

On this Memorial Day weekend, I wish to remind all of us that freedoms in the United States of America were bought and paid for with the blood and lives of fellow Americans.  These heroes made the ultimate sacrifice of love, after all “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his […]

May 26, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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A Sabbath for Restless Planners

The Sabbath can be an interesting thing:  how a body can be at rest but a mind anything but restful.  Can it legitimately be called a Sabbath if your mind is working overtime?  Don’t ask me.  I am a thinker and a planner.  My mind weighs alternatives and builds cases.  I even do it in […]

May 25, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Simple Truth: Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

How is it possible that something so simple as waiting and resting can become so complicated?  Is it just me, or a Type-A American phenomenon?  Or maybe it’s human nature to complicate something as easy as rest?  Jesus sets things simple and straight. He’s Lord of the Sabbath Mark 2: 23 One Sabbath Jesus was […]

May 23, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Waiting on the Wind

All this thinking about drifting and stillness and considering it with the requirement to have a Sabbath made me process my thoughts via analogy.  I’m in a sailboat.  My sail is up but the wind is so light, it’s almost imperceptible.  “Becalmed” is the term sailors use for this. Don’t you love that?  Becalmed.  Be […]

May 16, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Running Forever Exhausted

The pastor at the church I attend on holiday stated emphatically that no one ever drifts toward God, but we can find ourselves having drifted far away from Him.  Doesn’t the letter to the Hebrews warn us time and again against drifting away? (Hebrews 2:1, Hebrews 3:7-19, Hebrews 5:2-6:6, Hebrews 10:19-31.) We must pay more […]

May 15, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Hard, Hard Work of Rest

Back to the subject of drifting versus stillness:  I don’t want to drift, that’s for sure!  I’m not sure that drifting is my bigger problem.  My problem is that I fear drifting so much that I am addicted to busyness (which in turn becomes my operating definition of success: how much I accomplish for the […]

May 13, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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An Anchored Soul Does Not Drift

What is the difference between stillness and drifting? I was thinking about that when the pastor at the church I visit when I’m on holiday was preaching about making one’s life “drift-proof.”  He spoke of reliable anchors of the family of God, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the powerful written Word of God.  Mentally, I […]

May 11, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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