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  • Cave of The Heart - Cave of the Heart is the title song of a John Michael Talbot album from l999.  I have always been intrigued by the lyrics repeated throughout the song:  "You are seated in freedom in the cave of the heart.”  I am challenged by certain words: "Silence your heart/Silence your soul/stilling your senses/with single-minded devotion."  I… Continue Reading
  • America’s Moral Compass - Two recent surveys show a nation that is trending downward when it comes to optimism. The first is the American Psychological Association's (APA) annual Stress in America survey.  Lynn Bufka, a clinical psychologist with the APA, called the level of shared stress among Americans "startling."  ''A full 87% say that the rise of prices on everyday… Continue Reading
  • “Endangered Words” - Recently, I ran across an article that prompted me to say, "This author expresses my very sentiments about masculinity and femininity."  "Endangered Words" by Diane Woerner is such an article. She writes about "the price we're paying for vanishing masculinity and femininity."  What a joy to find a relatively unknown author expressing so clearly and… Continue Reading
  • The “Unattached Male” - An unattached male is a young man who is either single or divorced. With today’s focus usually on helping young women flourish, unattached males are not faring well in modern American culture.  David French in The Dispatch recently sounded the alarm about this segment of our population. Quoting Patrick T. Brown he noted, "The opioid epidemic… Continue Reading
  • God’s Silence - The last chapters of Isaiah (40-66) are addressed to the people of God in exile. Today, believers in our nation are waking up to the reality of the church being in exile. If not exile, we could certainly say "in a strange land" as we witness followers of Jesus being marginalized as enemies in the cultural… Continue Reading
  • God Has Not Forgotten You - Recently, while walking in the hallway of our apartment building, a widow had displayed outside her apartment a plaque which read, "God has not forgotten you."  It caught my attention.  My wife and I continually ask the Lord for grace to be light for Jesus in our apartment building.  Among the many issues we sense… Continue Reading
  • The Doomsday Clock - The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently announced that the position of the "doom's day" clock will remain where it has been - at 100 seconds to midnight.  "The doorstep of doom is no place to loiter," the Bulletin noted in explaining its decision.  The clock was created 75 years ago to alert Americans to… Continue Reading
  • A Hostile Culture - World Magazine recently ran a two-part series of an interview Pastor Tim Keller gave to senior reporter Sophia Lee.  Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, is one of the leading evangelical pastors in the nation.  He is especially known for his outreach to the unchurched in secular New York.  He… Continue Reading
  • Dragging Our Sins - After experiencing a vision of God's holiness, the prophet Isaiah responded to God's call by saying "Here I am. Send me." (Is. 6:8).  Then God told him, "Yes, go, and say to this people, 'Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely but learn nothing.'  Harden the hearts of these people.  Plug their ears and… Continue Reading
  • Lamentations for Ukraine - I have been meditating on the book of Lamentations as I watch the destruction of Ukrainian cities by invading Russian forces. Lamentations helps me to come to grips with the sheer extent of the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Never before has this seemingly "dark" and "foreboding" book been more meaningful to me.  I keep… Continue Reading