It’s Your Turn to Talk to Me

Usually I talk to you. But today, it’s your turn. For you who subscribe to my blog, my posts conveniently show up in your inbox 3 times a week. Just for today, I’d like to hear from you.

It's Your Turn to Talk to Me

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In the comments section below, I’m asking you to leave me a message.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Tell me your favorite place in the Holy Land (and why).
  • Tell me what book(s) you’re reading right now.
  • Ask me a (serious) question about the Bible.
  • What’s the best book or author you’ve read? (Other than the Bible.)
  • Send me a link to your blog, church, or website and tell me about it.
  • Who is your favorite speaker or preacher—and why?
  • Or anything else!

Hey, you may have read my blog for a long time but never connected with me.

I’d love to hear from you. (Yes, you!)

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When God Takes Something Away from You

It’s always great when God replaces something painful with something wonderful. Or when He provides for a need in a context of desperation.

But what about when God takes away something we enjoy—or even something we need? Or when He allows something bad to invade something good?

When God Takes Something Away from You

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Can we then say what Job said?

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised. —Job 1:21

During the times when God takes something away from you, it’s easy to feel duped, as if God was some kind of pusher, giving free samples and then removing them after the cravings have their hooks in your heart.

The Lord’s generosity can be misunderstood as cruelty.

Rather than praise God for the time we enjoyed His blessings—we tend to resent His sovereign prerogative to confiscate them.

Here’s some perspective that can help when God takes something away from you that was a blessing.

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My Top Ten Posts of 2012

Sometimes the most helpful emails are those that get to the bottom line. If you have just started following my blog, you may have missed the top ten posts of 2012.

My Top Ten Posts of 2012

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I have listed them here from number 10 down to number 1.

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4 Benefits of Getting Really Sick

I seldom get sick. For some reason, I usually sidestep most maladies, bugs, and viruses.

Sick guy.

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But when it does come my turn, sickness makes up for lost time. With a vengeance. I get really sick.

This happened last week. So, while I sat around feeling miserable, I got to thinking.

I discovered four benefits to getting really sick.

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Is Jesus the Only Way? [Podcast]

Is Jesus really the only way to heaven? What about other religions?

How can Christianity make such an arrogant claim that it is the only right way to God?

Listen now:

This message (from John 14:6; Romans 1-2) examines Christianity’s exclusive claim and the absolute necessity of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Here are the main points of the message:

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