July to Dec 2016

I’m a Lousy Fisherman

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I’m a lousy fisherman. And I don’t care. The problem is, when you catch one – it’s a fish. Buying a boat and spending hundreds of dollars on tackle (and don’t get me started on ice fishing) for something that I don’t want to eat anyway?  So I don’t have any interest in investing the […]

July to Dec 2016

We’re Building Dreams

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A few years ago there was a TV commercial with people building an airplane while it was in flight.  They were welding on the metal, putting in seats, and constructing the plane while it was flying. There were passengers sitting in seats with “wind-tunnel” faces.  A flight attendant was pouring orange juice which, due to […]

July to Dec 2016

Hearing God in Silence

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My Devotion was published in Disciplines 2014, p. 326 Psalm 19: 1-6 (A few years ago) I spent several days at a monastery for a personal retreat. It is the monks’ custom to speak little, even during meals. My time there helped me focus on words and silence and the other ways that God speaks. […]

July to Dec 2016

Gave It All Away

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Edited version published in Upper Room – Nov 14, 2007 http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2007-11-14 A few years ago I was traveling and decided to attend a minor league baseball game.  Paging through the program I noticed one of the ads was signed by a ball player.  In the third inning it was announced that signature made me the […]

July to Dec 2016

Parable of the Mowers

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Edited version published in Upper Room – Feb 4, 2007 http://devotional.upperroom.org/devotionals/2007-02-04 When our youngest son was in his early teens, he was in that in-between stage of work.  Old enough to want to work and want money to spend, but not old enough to be hired by most businesses.  So he did what a lot […]