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When God Doesn’t Seem to Answer Prayer

I was in Phoenix for a few days last week with my adult daughter, Kathryn, when her back went out on her. I mean, out! On the floor, unable to move, roll over or sit up. After an hour of ice packs and ibuprofen, she was only able to slide towards the couch and get into a kneeling position but froze there in ...

Missing in Action

I know I've read it dozens of times, but for some reason it didn't hit me until this morning. Moses sent his wife, Zipporah, and their two sons back to her father's house in Midian before the exodus from Egypt. Are you serious? Now, I'm sure he justified that decision; one of those reasons might have been: 1. ...

King/Snohomish County Pastors’ Prayer Gathering Feb. 2, 2017

I am confident that God is bringing revival to the Church of Jesus in the Northwest, and that revival must begin with us as pastors and Christian leaders humbling ourselves and praying. One of the very most important things we as pastors can do for our churches, our community, our state and nation is to spend time in ...

I Am With You

Imagine with me that you are riding a bus...a normal city transit bus. Wait with me at the bus stop. Watch for your bus to arrive. And when it stops climb aboard with me. You look around for a seat, scanning the faces of those who boarded ahead of you. You don’t recognize anyone. You try not to make eye ...

Signs of the Times

When many of us hear the phrase, "signs of the times," our minds are programmed to think of Biblical prophecy and predictions of the identity of the anti-christ, by years of end time sermons. I just ran into that phrase in my readings, in Matthew 16, where Jesus challenged the Pharisees for totally missing the ...

Saints Alive

Most vestiges of a Biblical worldview are long gone as a governing influence over our culture. When I first arrived in this country in 1966, for good or ill, there was a general acceptance of at least a Biblical sense of morality. Today it doesn't require much discernment to detect an outright hostility to any Biblical ...

Living Hope

Scientists tell us that we can live between 46-73 days without food and a little over a week without water. But the reality is that we cannot live a minute without hope. One of the warmest images of the Christmas story for me happened on the day baby Jesus was brought by His parents into the temple...to present Him to the ...