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"This kind of love is perfect. And this perfect love, casts out, banishes, and expels every particle of fear."

Perfect Love

Perfect Love   Last weekend I drove to a conference in Michigan. When I have several free hours on the road I often use the time to call friends and keep in touch. On Sunday I had a wonderful conversation with Chris. He told me…

Spring is a time for renewal, rebirth, and doing. But God’s still small voice is calling me to first abide.

Abiding

Abiding   January 1 is the official beginning of the New Year, but I think spring is when my motor begins to rev up. April is the month when I think of landscaping projects and new ideas for ministry. Spring is a time for renewal,…

I am proposing we create a new one today. GIFU. I have found this expression in scripture and believe it to be one of the predominant themes in the bible, and one of the most contested.

GIFU and a New Video

GIFU   An acronym is an abbreviation often formed from the first letters in a phrase. Some of the more popular ones are ASAP, FYI, LOL, and BTW. As Soon As Possible, For Your Information, Laugh Out Loud, and By The Way. Acronyms are more…

I have been busy writing books this winter. I listened to a broadcast by Elisabeth Elliot recently. She told the audience they would probably only remember one or two things she said, but her books were on the back table.

Follow Through Books

Yellow Margarine Container   “When I travel, I prefer to fly on Southwest Airlines. One of the reasons is that they have a sense of humor. As the plane is moving down the runway the flight attendants take their positions and give their spiel about how…

In December I had the privilege to witness a powerful event, a blessing. A father, who had MS and was unable to stand, blessed his son and bride at their wedding.

Living for, or Living From, a Blessing

Living for, or Living From, a Blessing   In December I had the privilege to witness a powerful event, a blessing. A father, who had MS and was unable to stand, blessed his son and bride at their wedding. I was amazed and inspired to…

This Thanksgiving I hope you will receive a warm embrace from your earthly folks, for I know you will be a blessing to them. And I pray that you will each sense the heart of God when you draw near to Him and know how much you mean to Him by simply being with Him.

Anticipating the Welcome, Hoping to Bless

Anticipating the Welcome, Hoping to Bless   I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA but have not lived there since I went off to school. We have lived in Georgia, Massachusetts, and now across the state in SE Pennsylvania. For many of those years we would…

In the new commandment, Jesus is asking us to not love like we want to be loved, but to love as He has loved us.

Family Discipleship and the New Commandment

Family Discipleship and the New Commandment   In the July, 2015 Newsletter referenced below, I wrote about how being a father led me to Deuteronomy 6. When I began asking God to help me love him, God revealed how much He loved me. The more…

One of the ways that Jesus loved me is by serving.

From the Teaching to the Teacher

The new commandment that Jesus articulated in John 13:34 is to love one another as I have loved you, or to love others as we have been loved. One of the ways that Jesus loved me the disciples was by serving them.   With that…

I usually like to write something upbeat and encouraging, or share some new insight that I have received. But I have had a dry month.

Dry Times, Labor Day Contest, Online Seminar

I apologize for not sending an August Newsletter, but that was a tough month for me. I usually like to write something upbeat and encouraging, or share some new insight that I have received. But I have had a dry month. My relationship with God…

Our journey to homeschool our children began before we were married.

Home Education and the Great Commandment

Our journey to homeschool our children began before we were married. In seminary I had a class on Christian Education and another on Christian Schools. One of the papers I wrote was entitled, The Millennial View of Education. If there was a millennium in the…

Thank you Father for the privilege of knowing your daughter Elisabeth Howard Elliot Leitch Gren and for faithfully carrying her through a long, difficult, blessed, and fruitful life.

A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot

Yesterday afternoon I received word that Elisabeth Elliot had passed from this life to the next. She had battled dementia for the last ten years of her life and now her struggle is over. She is home and at rest.   In the middle of…