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One Sunday morning a while back I was sharing some key principles with our church about serving the Lord and being obedient to His calls in our life. It went something like this…

  1. When God’s call comes, it will never come at a convenient time.
  2. God’s call rarely comes with all the details in place.
  3. You will never feel fully qualified to answer God’s call.
  4. When God’s call comes, you will almost always lack the resources to do it.
  5. But… God’s faithfulness always outweighs the risk of the call.

When I first began teaching years ago I prayed a simple prayer, asking God to always keep me real and never let me teach from His Word without living it out in my own life. Between you and me, there are times when I almost wish I hadn’t prayed that prayer, because God continually gives me opportunities to “practice what I preach” if you know what I mean, and sometimes the lessons are pretty painful.

About two months ago, Sandy and I received a phone call that we knew right away was going to have huge implications — very difficult ones — on our entire family. Continue Reading »

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The Deep End

This has been a long time coming.

People have been bugging me for years to start writing in one form or another, but with the never-ending flood of books and blogs already being pumped out, the lingering question for me was always, “Does there really need to be another voice out there?” After all, Proverbs 17:28 offers the rather sharp and somewhat sarcastic reminder that even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent. Don’t know about you, but that doesn’t exactly leave me clamoring to want to be heard.

But during a recent conversation with a friend of mine, (a guy who speaks the Word of God with remarkable boldness and candor), he issued a challenge to me completely out of the blue. We had never even spoken once about this, but he said, “Phil, I want to encourage you to start writing!” And there it was again… for the umpteenth time. What exactly was going on here? Why have so many people been asking me to write? I mean, nobody has been asking me to sing, or paint, or dance. (Although you should see my moves!) This writing thing was just something I couldn’t ignore any longer.

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