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When success requires failure

Just when I thought I’d heard all my preacher-brother’s sermon illustrations, he told a new one in church a couple weeks ago. “Why do you think God put Philippians 4:13 in the Bible?” Jim asked us. (Being the good congregation that we are, we...

Lighthouses and shipwrecks

A couple weeks ago, I sat at our dining room table writing a devotional. As I tapped away on my laptop, I talked out loud to myself. “Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone else’s storm…” My oldest son chose that moment...

Trusting in the dark

There’s dark and then there’s really, really dark. The first time I experienced complete, total darkness was inside Marvel Cave, a huge cave not too far from our little town. The cave is enormous (they’ve even flown an air balloon inside it!) and...