Soul Refreshers

What do we do after we pray? Stepping it up, stepping in, stepping forward.

“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard . . . “ Nehemiah 4:9 “I’m praying for you.” We hear it from Christian friends. We see it on Facebook when a fellow believer shares about a health problem or about some difficulty they’re going through. “I’m praying for you,” we respond. I’m not dismissing the value of those words. I’m just wondering how many times the words are[…]

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Finding the target and the bullseye God wants you to aim at

Finding the Bullseye

“‘What shall I do, Lord,’ I asked.” Acts 22:10, NIV I sit on a wooden bench in one of the most beautiful places I’ve known–Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. The sun is hot, but here I’ve found a shady, cool spot. The birds are rejoicing. The water is burbling past me as it makes its way over the rocks. Two ducks glide effortlessly by. It’s an ideal place to[…]

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Are You Hungry?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6, NIV Have you ever been hungry or thirsty? Really hungry? Really thirsty? I haven’t. Not really. I do remember being very thirsty one day in northern Nigeria. We’d just returned from a visit to the weekly market. I don’t remember how hot it was that day, but our temperatures could reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit[…]

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