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 […]

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 […]

Reviving Crushed Dreams

Reviving Crushed Dreams

Between childhood and adulthood something harmful happens.  The world, at some point, crushes our childhood capacity to dream we can make a difference in the world. When I turned ten I realized I would never be a big-league baseball player–this is an acceptance of reality. But the world (a system that leaves God out, 1 […]