A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

I have often struggled with the ability to own my faith. I want true ownership that has some kind of title. Something I can put into a safety deposit box, pull out from time to time, and affirm to myself that, yes, I have faith. My nature gets in the way and I cannot shake […]

I got hit square between the eyes during a recent sermon. It was one of those moments where I was cheering the pastor as he hammered on one of my pet peeves and then sat in silence as he moved on to poke holes in something a little closer to home. He was teaching about […]

Can you spot the fault in this logic? God loves me. Therefore, God wants me to be happy. Therefore, He actually wants me to walk away from anything that makes me unhappy. Therefore, every time something unpleasant happens, I should do whatever I can to avoid it and escape it. That’s what God wants! Lovely, […]

Good everyday generals always want an edge before going into battle. In fact, a good general wants an overwhelming edge. The problem, of course, is that you cannot always have this kind of advantage. Many times you just gather your forces and your intel and you make the best educated guess you can and go […]

The catchword of the day for newly-minted adults seems to be “authenticity”. There was a time when the thing that attracted me to the church I attended was honest Scriptural truth without compromise. I got annoyed when the hot style was inclusive and welcoming (I interpreted that as compromise). Now, I realize that mercy and […]

I suspect I’m in the minority when I point out that I still have some of my college textbooks sitting on my bookshelf. I read fifty dollar technical references in bed. I get excited when my favorite technical book publisher (yes, I have a favorite) has a sale. Fine. I’m weird. But, the point is […]

How often we see the small picture mainly because we are not allowed to see the big picture. Joseph had to have asked this question three times in his life. Why was I sold into slavery? What did the wife of my employer lie and get me sent to prison? Why was I made second-in-command […]

There was a wedding in our family the other night. It’s always interesting to see the variety of friends and family such an event will bring out. We tend to cringe a little when we know the situation may be awkward or uncomfortable. However, we had the pleasant surprise of getting time to talk with […]

There have been a few times in my life when I have felt like I was riding high in my faith. This is to say I was confident that I was doing the Lord’s work and I had the wind at my back. I look back at those times and now realize that it isn’t […]

“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said […]

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