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Lord, I Need Help

I came across this wonderful devotional by Max Lucado the other day. It just spoke to me and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Most of you knew me well enough that I struggle with what I call the "Martha syndrome." You know, ‘work, work, work, ‘til you get it’, right? I loved what Max Lucado says about Mary: "She has identified the problem, brought i...

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Kids Matter Most

Question: Who should be Hope’s #1 ministry priority? Adults? Teens? Children? The politician in me wants to give equal emphasis to all the different age groups. It seems only fair to divide up the resource pie into three equal slices. But after reading pollster George Barna’s book, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions, I have to change my answer. W...

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Life-changing Vistas from a Far-away Land

2009 was off the charts! In August, my oldest daughter Adeline was born. Then, several months before that I went on the trip of a lifetime. I visited Jordan, Syria, Israel, Egypt and Greece with 30 seminary students, 10 lay women and men, and 3 top-notch bible scholars and archeologist. After returning home, I published an article about this trip called, "Life-Changing V...

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The Power of Empathy

Recently, I came across this short video on empathy. It served as an excellent reminder of the differences between empathy and sympathy. Watching this video convicted me how often my ministry with youth has often been sympathetic instead of empathetic. ...

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