Adventures Blog

Praying the Bible with Gratitude

Life is hard. Sometimes we go through seasons where everything feels so discouraging and futile. During those times (and at all times) it is important to have the support of a community who can remind you who you are and whose you are. I don't recommend that anyone try to go on this journey of … Continue reading Praying the Bible with Gratitude

Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

All my life, I have struggled with being a doormat. For a long time, I thought that's what I should be. No one really explained that things could (or should) be different. I passively accepted whatever came my way. I thought that was the way I was supposed to live. As you can imagine, things … Continue reading Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

Biblical Hebrew Mini Lesson: The LORD Is God

In biblical Hebrew, often the verb "to be" is implied rather than included. At other times, the verb "to be" is included. When there is no verb "to be," there may be nothing at all to link the subject and predicate. You have to look at the context to find the meaning -- which is … Continue reading Biblical Hebrew Mini Lesson: The LORD Is God

Writing a Spiritual Legacy

Have you ever thought about writing a spiritual legacy? A special kind of journal, your spiritual legacy is a gift you can give to your children, grandchildren, other family members, young people you mentor, and friends. Your spiritual legacy shares your spiritual journey in a very short, simple format: things God has done in your … Continue reading Writing a Spiritual Legacy

Praying the Apostle’s Creed

Depending on your church tradition, you may or may not be familiar with the words of the Apostle's Creed. I grew up in a church where we memorized the words in Sunday school at a very young age. Our teachers taught us what the words meant and why we stood and said these words each … Continue reading Praying the Apostle’s Creed

Why Did the Fishermen Leave Their Nets? Part 2 (Asking the Right Questions in Inductive Bible Study)

If you are just joining in with this post, I invite you to visit "part 1" of this lesson and complete those exercises first. Then come on back here to complete part 2. In part 1, we practiced making observations from Matthew 4:17-22. After making observations, we want to start making inferences based on those … Continue reading Why Did the Fishermen Leave Their Nets? Part 2 (Asking the Right Questions in Inductive Bible Study)

Jesus Brings Freedom from Identity Theft

We have an identity thief roaming among us. He is the enemy of our souls. From the moment we are conceived, his goal is to thwart God's amazing plan for us. This identity thief wants to keep us from stepping into our true identity in Christ. Don't be discouraged. The Bible and the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Jesus Brings Freedom from Identity Theft

Sun, Moon, and Stars in Biblical Hebrew

The Old Testament makes several references to the sun, moon, and stars. Let's look at these words in biblical Hebrew: Sun שֶׁמֶשׁ That's one of those "exception" words where the stress is on the first syllable. Moon יָרֵחַ Star כּוֹכָב Looking up the verses listed below in your Hebrew Bible, see if you can recognize … Continue reading Sun, Moon, and Stars in Biblical Hebrew

The Power of Blooming Where You Are Planted as an Intercessor

I am blessed with great friends who are intercessors. Each one is planted in a different environment for the purpose of changing the environment. I am always amazed when I hear their stories of how God moves them in prayer during their workday. Several of my intercessor friends work in corporate environments. The situations, pressures, … Continue reading The Power of Blooming Where You Are Planted as an Intercessor

Letter Home from Russia (April 17, 1998)

It's early on a chilly spring morning in Moscow, and I'm being carried across the tarmac at Domodedovo Airport by our country director and a fellow visiting lecturer. We've just returned from the Civic Education Project (CEP) Russia student conference in Tyumen. A mishap on the last night of the conference caused a ligament injury … Continue reading Letter Home from Russia (April 17, 1998)