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A young evangelist complains to Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “I haven’t seen many people converted under my preaching.” “Well, do you expect God to save someone every time you preach?” “Of course not.” “Then you have no reason to complain if God’s not giving you what you aren’t expecting.” Pray for Others Expectantly God wants preachers […]

It’s hard to be a Grace-Focused Optimist when you look out at America. Take just this past week and a half. Charles Krauthammer—one of the rare people in Washington speaking with intelligence, wit, charm, and courtesy—–died. And politicians, pundits, and proprietors seem bent on making us a house divided that cannot stand. Looking out at […]

One of God’s least talked about miracles is his miracle of making an iron axe head float (2 Kings 6:1-7). The head accidentally becomes a mini-Titanic when a seminary student is using it to help build a dormitory. Somehow it flies off into a river and sinks. Since it’s a borrowed axe the situation’s as […]

God is the wonder-worker (Psalm 136:4). He keeps a burning bush from being consumed, preserves three men in a fiery furnace so that “the hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them,” and causes a young virgin girl to conceive and give […]

Good, Good Father is the title of a Chris Tomlin song. I first heard it when my grandson Andrew James Chase went to be with Jesus after 4 ½ days of earthly life. The song was a musical Good Samaritan to our family as we lay bleeding on the Jericho Road of grief. The song’s […]

Fox News has a segment called “Power Player of the Week.” Each week Chris Wallace highlights someone who’s a mover or shaker. Someone influential, significant, making an impact in the world. To my knowledge, Wallace has never had a simple, ordinary praying Christian as his PPOTW. Why’s that interesting? Because praying Christians are the real […]

They’re called skeletons in the closet. Things that you’re ashamed of. Things you no more want people to know about you than a spy wants to be found out. Things you do everything you can to keep as secret as the password to your retirement account. The writer of Hebrews tells you something astounding about […]