His Name Is John

September 17, 2013

“How can I be sure this will happen? I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” –Luke 1:18

Read: Luke 1

Not his best moment. If you read today’s chapter, you know that Zacharias has just been given really great news; news of eternal significance. He’s been told that Elizabeth will bear him a son. And his son will go before the Lord with the spirit and power of Elijah no doubt. He’ll be the frontrunner! And not only that, the courier of this miracle message wasn’t a neighbor. It wasn’t a trusted uncle or even the High Priest. No, Zacharias heard this first-hand from — wait for it — none other than Angel Gabriel himself.

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The Palm and the Cedar

September 16, 2013

“The righteous will flourish like the palm tree, they will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” –Psalm 92:12

Read: Psalm 92

IMG_9712Many of you know by now that Loretta and I walk each night. Not so much for the exercise — it’s simply a time to share the day. So I’d say it’s more like a three-mile mosey. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I noticed a crew caring intently for a tree on our street. A few days went by and there they were, still climbing and manicuring. I admit, I was so impressed with the finished product, I snapped this pic, hoping to share it with you at some point. I think today is a perfect day for it.

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Stay Hungry

September 16, 2013

“And I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” –Matthew 15:32

Read: Matthew 15

I bet they couldn’t get enough. In fact, the sun had set three times and I wonder if they even noticed. Who was this man? The words, the wisdom, the…grace! Indeed, I bet they couldn’t get enough, which is probably why they didn’t leave to eat.

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Phoenix Bound

September 13, 2013

What a neat week being back. I am so glad to be writing again. And as you may or may not know, tonight, I’ll be delivering the keynote speech at the International Christian Wellness Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I am so incredibly blessed not only for the honor of being asked, but for the mere fact that I have the health to be there. Help me praise the Lord. And I’m asking you today to pray for the weekend conference and for me as I go to express my heart. I’m going to share the bread.

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Start Pulling

September 12, 2013

I’ll never forget it. I was 19; the newest member of a very small band of brothers. We weren’t an official group on the Baylor University campus, by any means, these “Russell Rats.” We had no membership roster, no board of directors or rules and regulations to speak of, but we were very exclusive. And although we weren’t organized, we did pay our dues — dues of a different kind that were collected daily. As far as acceptance into the group, well, it just happened. Call it a nonverbal recognition of pure heart. If you had it, you were in. And rather than Greek letters across our chest, we had chalk and sweat across our backs. There was no mistaking our crew.

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His Work

September 11, 2013

“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” –Romans 5:20

Read: Romans 5

Jimmy-backDon’t bend, twist or lift more than 10 pounds. Avoid slipping and falling. Those were my instructions 120 days ago. See, by sticking to those rules, the odds were in my favor for solid fusion between the new hardware and bones. Simply, the surgery needed to take. No pressure. The doctor did his thing, but now it was up to me. Stick to the rules, and I won’t ruin his work.

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September 9, 2013

Over our summer break, Loretta and I spent an evening with The Maestro of the Movies. Admittedly, this concert had been circled on our calendar for months. If the name John Williams isn’t familiar, I’ll bet you my keyboard that you know his work. In fact, if you’ve been to the movies over the last 40 years, chances are you know more than one song by heart. And there we sat. Under the night sky at the Hollywood Bowl, the wonderful and classy Julie Andrews hosted the gala and the great John Williams conducted the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. And ohhh did they play. From the soundtracks of E.T. to Lincoln to Star Wars, each note was a memory as vivid as the stars above. The joy on Loretta’s face as each melody played was priceless. And me? I thoroughly enjoyed every measure, but like a boy in line to meet a superhero, I was waiting for one song in particular. But before you could say, “Bravo,” the first hour was over, the musicians stood and Mr. Williams left the stage under thunderous applause.

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The Point Of It All

September 8, 2013

PrayFit Faithful,

As we’re about to resume devotions on a daily basis, I wanted to help set the stage for those who are new (and there are a lot of you, so welcome and thank you). And to those who have been with us for weeks, months or years, you know how much I cherish you; not sure there’s a word I can type that can best express it.

But put plainly, Jesus is the point of our story. He’s the point of our ministry. And the PrayFit veterans among you know that it’s not simply a catch phrase. Amidst the waves of an out-of-balance fitness industry, we treat that truth like the life-preserver it is. We cling to it. Eyes closed and white-knuckled, we clutch it. He’s the point of our health we can’t miss.

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Out of the Wilderness

September 2, 2013

IMG_4821Hey Everyone!

I sure have missed my time with you and I’m hoping you feel the same. I hope you and your loved ones are so healthy and so happy. And while we’re still not ready to resume daily devotions, I wanted to give you an update.

If you’re new to the site, you may not know that I recently underwent an intensive, lower back surgery. I saw the doctor on Thursday of last week to check the progress of my recovery, and grace happened. He told me that the hardware in my lower back is fusing nicely with my bones and I’m healing as fast as any patient he’s ever seen. Isn’t that a blessing?!? I can’t tell you how amazing we feel. I can’t express how grateful I am to you for remembering me in your prayers. I’m not done, bless God. I’m not done writing. I’m not done speaking. I’m not done living. This week I’ll start a 10-week, intensive physical therapy program. I can’t wait. I feel like a kid who’s dad just bought him a new baseball glove. My face is in the mitt and I’m smelling the leather. I’ve gotta get on the field.

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Into The Wilderness

August 8, 2013

What a neat week studying Paul, right? (Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4)Thank you for being a part of our daily lives by inviting us into yours. It’s not something we take lightly or for granted. With the myriad of voices clamoring for your attention at every moment, we’re grateful that you take a few minutes each day to hear ours.

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