In a foreign country with a foreign disease that has a 65-90 percent mortality rate. That was the plight of 2 American doctors earlier this month. They had contracted Ebola while serving others less fortunate in west Africa. Dr. Kent Brantley and Dr. Nancy Writebol were placing the needs, health and well-being of others above... Continue Reading →
In case you weren't aware, there is anarchy in Iraq. Last week, as terrorists took over, the condition of the country deteriorated. Our brothers and sisters, Iraqi believers, are being executed, severely attacked and driven out of their homes. They are begging for our intercession on their behalf before our almighty God. According to Christianity... Continue Reading →
When calm gives way to calamity And foaming wakes of fury Roaring with deafening defiance Agitating our souls His children may lose sight of Him When swelling seas surround And the torrent becomes torturous Mindful are they of their Master Despite fray and disarray Wind and waves obey When salty seaside breezes caress And tides... Continue Reading →
With a few sentences below, John Stott helps us see the futility of backing God into our own little corner. How can I corner, limit or box-in a God who is omnipresent? It seems ridiculous but I try. Chances are you try too. I must always let Him be who He is - no manipulation, no... Continue Reading →
What would you say to someone who has imprisoned and tortured 30,000 of your brothers and sisters in Christ? That's exactly what North Korean President, Kim Jong Un, has done to those in his country who confess Jesus as their Lord. For example, according to "Voice of the Martyrs" website: “A witness saw a young... Continue Reading →
The first and most. These two words define our world. They defined me in my past and still cry out from my flesh. They blind us of the glory of the gospel. A gospel that wants to turn our value system upside down. Being "first and most" fits in with a modern view of success and importance.... Continue Reading →
It's not a typo. I mean "beast" in the way the cool kids do. My wife and I had a conversation recently about beauty. It was awesome. After 12 years of marriage and nearly 15 ministering to young adult women and teenage girls, the following is what we discovered. Beauty is a beast to figure out.... Continue Reading →
Check out this awesome story of Bill, a young man who has impacted my life in a huge way in the short time I’ve been at Willowbrook. So cool.
Last week, I mentioned a student who would miss our recital because he would be having surgery to remove a suspicious mass. The final diagnosis came today … that student, Bill, does have cancer but the doctors are sure they caught it early, say he only needs two rounds of chemo and are confident of a complete cure.
Hearing this news takes a little of the sting away … at least it will just be two treatments, at least he will recover completely. Thank you to all of you who reached out to me after the last post, expressing your support of our organization, our students, our volunteers and the families who have suffered tremendous losses this year.
I’ve been working on two other posts for this week – a recap of our gloriously amazing recital on Saturday afternoon and another on our “Next Step”…
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When spinning chaos comes we hide, sigh A wake of folded, crumpled memories left behind In piles of mangled metal, wood, brick and mortar Mud stained clothes and toys Strewn photographs, trees and tears litter Where structure stood. When spinning chaos comes we have relief As Grace tracks it away from our street Sparing some of loss... Continue Reading →
We've all had music in our head. We walk to the beat. We pretend the rhythm is the commentary on whatever we're doing or thinking. Swelling chord progressions and shredding solos can send us to millions of places in our minds. Feelings of worship, excitement, drama or lamentations can overcome us when we "hear" the... Continue Reading →