Don’t Pray for More Power. Pray for This.

Don’t Pray for More Power. Pray for This.

When Paul prayed for the Ephesians he didn’t ask God to give them more power.  Instead, he prayed they would comprehend the power available to them.  Specifically, he asked God to enable them to understand that they have access to the same power God used when he raised Jesus from the dead and seated him […]

Johnny Lingo’s Eight Cow Wife

Johnny Lingo’s Eight Cow Wife

Patricia McGeer tells the story of a journey to the island of Kiniwata in the Pacific. While on the island she repeatedly heard stories about Johnny Lingo–the brightest, strongest and richest man on the island. Every time his name surfaced people laughed. When Patricia asked why she was told that he had paid eight cows […]

Babe Caught Me Unprepared

Babe Caught Me Unprepared

Texas beaches along the Gulf of Mexico stretch far and flat. Long and lonely they offer no resistance to a hurricane’s windy blast or tidal surge. Realizing this, builders perch homes on stilts so the wind and waves will pass under them. For three successive summers Bill and Babe Renfro let my family vacation at […]

The Day I Stood in Awe of God

The Day I Stood in Awe of God

The Northwest boasts some of the most beautiful country in the world. Primeval forests form a soaring cathedral over the hills. Sheer cliffs stand hundreds of feet above the ocean. Giant black rocks form surreal towers that rise over the ocean surface, seagulls resting on the black monoliths look like specks of dandruff. Trees, battered […]

Avoid Distractions

Avoid Distractions

Time and again, Jesus reminded his disciples about his and their mission. The day he called his first disciples, they were casting a net into a lake. He told them, “Come, follow me. I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). After violating all cultural mores and speaking with a Samaritan woman at a […]