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Boundaries: Freedom to Play the Game of Life

“Do not be deceived:  God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8  In a few days, March Madness will begin! It is a time of year where die-hard basketball fans…

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Boundaries: The Atmosphere of AGAPE

Like a city that is broken into and without walls, is a man who has no control over his spirit.” Proverbs 25:28 In more than 25 years of leadership in the work of the kingdom, I have never encountered any topic more relevant and powerful than the subject of HEALTHY BOUNDARIES. In my house growing up, I never heard…

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Open Our Eyes

“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.  I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You, therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:2, 5-6 Job was a righteous man and faithful in…

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Hidden Treasure

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery  of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3  The thought of hidden treasure captures our human…

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The Depth of His Wisdom

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” Romans 11:33 God saved my soul through the wisdom of the stars. Let me explain. During my freshman year of college, I was in terrible shape mentally and emotionally. Struggling to figure…

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Deeper Takes Time

“Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.”   Psalm. 42:7     I love turtles. I know that is not very manly, but I really love them. Turtles are absolutely the picture of cool and awesome to me. Several years ago, Beth and I…

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BRVC Vision 2016: Deeper and More

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 “The More is in the Deeper.”  That’s my new motto for 2016. Over the past couple of months I have been praying and asking…

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Reflecting on 2015

As we reflect on 2015, there are so many things we can be thankful for. Early this year, Beth and I got to see a legitimate revival in northern Indiana with Time to Revive. Watching thousands of Amish and Mennonites experience God’s fullness took our breath away. In the summer, our church celebrated our 5…

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Here I am Send Me

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom will I send? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me!”  Isaiah 6:8 I have been to many different places across the world. As I prepare to lead a team in Belize next week, I would like to share a quick…

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God’s Greater Plans

“You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people.” Genesis 50:20  I love the story of Joseph and his brothers. Growing up in a family of four boys, and no sisters, we experienced a lot of brotherly “planned evil” against each other. Sometimes it…

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Power of God Unto Salvation

“And trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  Acts 16:29-31      On Sunday, a lovely miracle occurred. After being invited by…

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Good News for Asheville

“Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”  Jonah 3:4     I love our city. I love the beauty of the mountains. I love the friendly, open, artsy nature of the culture. I love Asheville. I believe God…

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