The Lord forbid that I should put out my hand against the Lord's anointed. 1 Samuel 26:11 As a citizen of the United States, I’ve been able to legally vote in elections since 1983. I say “legally” because growing up in Chicago, there have been decades of alleged shenanigans where more votes have been cast... Continue Reading →
ICYMI this morning.
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
“Interested” turned out to be an understatement.
The Lord used this book to change my life and change the way I am a pastor.
Along with The Man in the Mirrorby Patrick Morley, Wild and Heart inspired me to start True Men Ministries. I had begun to write devotions just prior to reading this book, but now my devotional writing took off!
I also began a men’s Bible study at my church…
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Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 14:4 Around the turn of the millennium, I had recently read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. This... Continue Reading →
“So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:21 Six months before I graduated seminary and was about to begin my pastoral ministry, my best friend, Mike, called me up. He told me that he had met someone very special... Continue Reading →
I Know That My Redeemer Lives - In My Father's Footsteps, Volume 4, is the latest book in the devotional series. These devotions were originally written as companions to the sermon series "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" that was used at St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, in Lent and Holy... Continue Reading →
Journey to Calvary - In My Father's Footsteps, Volume 3, was originally published by Lutheran Hour Ministries in 2003. They have graciously given me permission to republish the original work in this series of devotions from True Men Ministries. A devotional thought and prayer for every day in Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday,... Continue Reading →
Christmas Moments I - In My Father's Footsteps, Volume 2, is the first Christmas devotional book in the series. I tell some stories about Christmases past that my family and I experienced - most of them while we lived in Southern California. Also included are the stories of ten beloved Christmas Carols and Hymns. These stories were... Continue Reading →
Stories For Faith - In My Father's Footsteps, Volume 1, is the first book in the ongoing series of devotions that I write for True Men Ministries and St. Matthew Lutheran Church & School - both located in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois. I take stories that I have told or have happened to me in everyday... Continue Reading →
ICYMI this morning.
Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah has many layers to it.
But maybe one of those layers is overlooked. Namely, why did God go down to see what Sodom and Gomorrah was like? Surely he could see it from heaven.
God is omniscient, meaning he’s “all knowing.” He knows everything, even before they happen.
The activities of the citizens in Sodom and Gomorrah were certainly known by God in heaven. But Genesis 18 specifically states that God would “go down to see” just what they are up to.
Well, he didn’t go for himself. He went to Sodom and Gomorrah for his “friend”…
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