Faith

Fruitfulness or Disappointment?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the trend: ask God to show you a word for the coming year. Though there’s no biblical mandate to do such a thing, it isn’t a bad idea to ask God to focus our hearts and minds on a principle in his word. Last year, I …

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The Pursuit: Will You Keep Fighting?

If all hope was gone, would you keep fighting? This question is presented in the marketing copy for my latest novel, The Pursuit. Given the current state of affairs in the United States, it’s a question that resonates.  The Pursuit wasn’t easy to write. Weaving together plot threads from an …

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Truth Versus Love?

A battle between truth and love is raging in our culture. Pitted against each other like bitter rivals in a boxing match, truth and love have some Christians choosing the side of one over the other as if they were spectators witnessing an epic fight. Each side has fans that …

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Waiting…Again

Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV) I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. I like to think I’m good at waiting. I’ve spent …

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The Essential Ingredient

Strolling with friends, I sip my white chocolate mocha on the way back to our London hotel. The cup warms my hands on the brisk January evening. This is my third attempt drinking coffee. The first time I spewed it out. A few days earlier, my second try—a raspberry mocha—was …

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Zerubbabel on My Mind

  I have Zerubbabel on my mind. (That could be a song title, couldn’t it?) Besides the fact that he had a cool name, God gave him a reminder in scripture that has encouraged me. Allow me to begin with a quick biblical history review. God allowed the Babylonians to …

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Keep Singing

Candles flickered beneath the church’s stained-glass windows on Christmas Eve 1991. Just a month shy of my eleventh birthday, I wore a cream-colored robe and perched next to my mom in the adult choir. I sang a solo while Grandma and Grandpa Simpson watched in the congregation. Later that night …

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