Tag Archives: Need

Damage Control

I will be careful to live a blameless life—     when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity     in my own home. Psalm 101:2 (NLT) Politics has always been a dirty business. Things have not … Continue reading

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Times of Rain; Times of Drought

Despair, all you farmers!     Wail, all you vine growers! Weep, because the wheat and barley—     all the crops of the field—are ruined. Joel 1:11 (NLT) Yesterday Wendy and I had meetings in Des Moines and found ourselves driving the familiar … Continue reading

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Honest Reflections

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 71 Though you have made me see troubles,  many and bitter,  you will restore  my life again;  from the depths of the earth  you will again bring me up.  Psalm 71:20 (NIV) The Christmas season and the subsequent … Continue reading

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Just What I Need in the Moment

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 69 Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. Psalm 69:1-2 … Continue reading

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A Great Man in Need

Andy Bales was my youth pastor when I was in high school. His impact on my life was immeasurable. More than that, he has quietly “walked the talk” better than any living human being I’ve ever known. I pass this … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 20

Many will say they are loyal friends,        but who can find one who is truly reliable? Proverbs 20:6 (NLT) Who are you gonna call at 2:00 a.m. when the world is crashing down around you and you are at the … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day James 2

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. James 2:10 (NLT) Years ago when my girls were young, I woke one morning and decided … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day Mark 2

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 (NLT) I once worked … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day Matthew 14

“All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said. Matthew 14:17 (MSG) It’s clean up week in my town. People can go through their homes and put large, bulky things they don’t want on the curb … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day Jeremiah 10

Image by StarrGazr via Flickr It’s because our leaders are stupid.    They never asked God for counsel, And so nothing worked right.    The people are scattered all over. Jeremiah 10:21 (MSG) I had a really nice conversation with an old friend … Continue reading

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