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Genesis 19-21

19 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on…

Backwards Kingdom

There’s a book on my bookshelf here in my office that always throws people off the first time they see it.  When you open the cover for the first time everything is upside-down and backwards.  To read the book requires you to turn it over so that you can read it from back to front or so it seems.  I picked up…

You Are What You Eat

It’s not what I think that shapes my life from the bottom up; it’s what I desire, what I love, that animates my passion…Hence, it should be no surprise that the way to our hearts is our stomach; or, if not specifically our stomachs, the way to our hearts is through our bodies. Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom. 51 &…

How We Value Each Other

In the second chapter of his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul challenges the people to “value others above yourself.”  Easy to say, difficult to do.  It sounds like a great idea – value others above yourself – but in reality how often do we struggle to do this?  We can blame the conflicting messages we hear in the media which…

Bold Prayers

I’ve spent the last four days with roughly 4,500 church leaders and planters and many more from over 100 countries who watched the Exponential Conference online.  It was striking to think about the number of people involved in God’s work around the world.  Looking through my notes there are so many things I hope to share with you in the coming weeks…