Spiritual Life

Resources for Lent

Lent begins tomorrow. How will you use this season as a time of spiritual refreshing? How will you prepare for the joyous celebration of the Resurrection on Easter?

To learn more about the background and meaning of Lent, see my article What is Lent?

I have uploaded some handouts on… Continue reading

Self-Centered vs. God-Centered Life

The following blog post is taken from the prayer letter of a friend of mine, who is serving as a missionary in South Asia. I appreciate the way that she draws life lessons from the experience of Israel, and that she applies it first to herself. I thought it was… Continue reading

Manna from Heaven

Last month, I started serving  in a new position at the Portland Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. This brings to an end a transition period that has lasted a year and a half. Now that things are beginning to settle down, I want to share my reflections about… Continue reading

Finding Joy in God’s Design

The past few days, Joni and I have been staying with her sister in Washington State.  One of our daily activities has been exercising her retriever, Molly.  She has a ball thrower that makes it easy to pick up and throw a tennis ball, without the need to… Continue reading

Two Keys to Finding God’s Direction

I am in a season of life right now in which I am seeking God’s direction for my future ministry.  So I have been thinking and praying a lot about God’s guidance.  There are two key questions that you can ask to help find direction, namely “Who are… Continue reading

Finding God’s Calling

As I seek God’s direction for my future ministry I have been reflecting on something that I have often taught in the past, namely how to find God’s calling.  In order to discover God’s calling it is helpful to distinguish a number of different aspects of calling.

The Call… Continue reading

A Year of Transition

This year is a time of major transition for myself and my family.  After 17 years serving as the English Pastor at CFC I am going to be moving on to a new ministry.  My wife Joni has been teaching high school science for 9 years and is… Continue reading

News Blackout

Over Christmas I spend a week in Oregon vising family.  As usual when I am on vacation, I did not listen to, watch or read the news in any form.  I was out of touch with the world.  The amazing thing is that the world got along… Continue reading

The Joy of an Empty Calendar

I have spent the past week visiting my parents in Montana.  Before I return home later today I wanted to share a few thoughts about my experience this week.

I use Google calendar, which syncs with my Android phone.  Normally I check my calendar every day to see… Continue reading

Reflections on the New Year

Happy New Year!  I don’t usually make a big deal about New Year’s Day because it seems like a rather arbitrary line in the sands of time.  But the solar year is about 365.25 days long, so we need to set some point at which to acknowledge that… Continue reading

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