Category Archives: Living the Gospel

Simply Working (Col 3:22–4:1)

Jesus Christ is Lord of all — of Monday through Saturday as well as Sunday, of salon, the school, and the soccer field as well as the sanctuary.  If Jesus is Lord of all, then his lordship affects our work. … Continue reading

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Simply Resting (Isaiah 56:1–8)

When I told Cheryl Baird that I would preach on rest, she said, “That’s like me preaching on cooking.” Ouch. Okay. I admit it. Sometimes I work too hard. But why do I push myself so hard? Sometimes it is … Continue reading

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Simply Giving (2 Cor 9:6–15)

We feel overwhelmed when we are over-worked, over-worried, over-burdened, and overly in debt. We long to live more simply and untangle the complicated web of our lives. How do we do so? We can only live simply when we trust … Continue reading

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Dressers, Tuition, Obedience and Miraculous Provision

When Eunsil and I were first married, we lived simply. Our kitchen table was a folding card table. We had no dresser so our clothes hung in the closet and our socks and undergarments were in a drawer in our … Continue reading

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Just Bring Your Lunch

Do you ever want to shut out the needs of others because they outstrip your own resources?   That’s how I felt on Monday. I went down to Indianapolis to gather with eighty other pastors and church leaders for our … Continue reading

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Grumbling and Gratitude on Vacation

Nothing is worse than grumbling on vacation. Last week, my family took my mother to St. Louis via Springfield. After visiting the Lincoln museum in Springfield, we drove down to St. Louis and checked into our hotel. Since it was still light, … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Blameless at the Coming of Christ

When guests visit our home, we usually do a whirlwind cleaning of our home. We vacuum, we dust, we clean, we pick up the mess in a whirlwind. Thankfully we can hide things in certain places where guests will not … Continue reading

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