SUPERIOR SATISFYING TASTE

Experiencing a Taste Better Than 10,000 Kinds of Food Yesterday in Miami Dr. Marx examined the scan of my jaw now two weeks post Operation Robojaw Two. "Everything looks great," he pronounced. And then, turning back to look me in the eye, added, "Only one more week to go." My heart sank. I had nursed a slim home he might release the Miami Vice Grip inside my mouth a week early. Not a chance. "The bone graft is about the consistency of cardboard," he explained. "Still needs to harden some." Doc knows best. I kept my mouth shut. What else could I do anyway? Honest...

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THE TRIPLE FENCE

An Extraordinary Benefit To Having My Jaw Wired Shut One week down. Two to go. Robojaw 2 left me Meatless in Miami--a major upside to the whole jaw-wired-shut deal recorded in that post. Today another half-glass-full look at things from Revheff Smoothie Town. It came to me during my morning reading in the Scriptures. Psalm 141:3 stopped me cold: Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! King David prays. His sense of urgency in approaching I AM is palpable in the first two verses. Need drives him. Concern grips him. Several items ...

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MEATLESS IN MIAMI

When Life Is More Than Food I've seen this movie before. The sequel, like most, is worse than the original--at least with respect to the diet. Robojaw 2 leaves me not just meatless for three weeks, but "solidless" in every other way too. The next twenty-one days for this titanium man mean ingesting only liquids through a syringe. My kingdom for dinner at Emeril's. I get discharged today. Things went very well thanks to abundant prayers and Class A cutters and their staff. I'm grateful--really I am. But why back in prolonged involuntary fasting mode--AGAIN? They ...

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OPERATION ROBOJAW TWO

Ways To Pray for My Latest Jaw Journey In about an hour from writing this post, I head for Miami. Tomorrow morning the oral surgical team at Jackson South will open me up for measures necessitated from massive radiation treatment for head and neck cancer back in 2005. Nice way to spend a Thanksgiving, eh? I must keep this brief as time escapes me. In most ways my prayer requests remain much the same as they were for Robojaw One. You can watch that video post here. However, a few specifics come with this second major step in the four-part journey to return some ...

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POLITICS & CHURCH PEACE

I awoke Wednesday morning to learn that Donald Trump tweeted a revised bio on his feed: president elect of the United States. Honestly, as with the pre-election realities―unlike anything I can recall in my lifetime―I find myself on this side of Election Day scratching my pastoral head as to what to make of our state of the union. If ever I would categorize something as a Psalm 131:2 “too-high-for-me/above-my-pay-grade” scenario, the political drama unfolding before our eyes in 2016 qualifies as much as any of the other mysterious providences to enter my life ...

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GRIEVING SIN

Mending Fences When You Break Peace with Others Recently I found myself back in the house of mourning. Gratefully it had nothing to do with death of a loved one. But the intensity of grief I felt seemed eerily reminiscent of the past three years. What happened? I wounded a friend. A joke I played backfired--miserably. I sensed it minutes after I did it. I tried to reverse course. Too late. Damage already done. The brother I harmed, a committed peacemaker, spoke plainly in truth and love just how deep the hurt went. I hate my sin--especially when it affects others. ...

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ON GRIEVING

Personal Reflections About the Journey Through Loss Though off topic in terms of my usual subject matter, this day demands it. The wife of my youth, Nancy, would have turned 67 today had the Lord granted her length of days. Anniversaries present their own peculiar challenges to the grief process. Her birthday marks the second of these for me. My birthday last month was the first. The next? What would have been our 42nd wedding anniversary this December 21. One at a time. The content for this post actually crystallized for me on a prayer walk beside Lake Michigan ...

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“SULLY” SENSATIONAL

Four Things Peacemaking Leaders Do Well To Imitate from Captain Sullenberger Rarely do I want to see motion pictures in a theater these days. The dearth of redemptive films released lately disappoints a guy like me who relishes quality cinema. No problem on that score with "Sully"--director Clint Eastwood's riveting telling of the drama surrounding the US Air pilot who successfully landed Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 after a crippling bird strike shortly upon takeoff. This film moved me to tears at points. As I left the theater I asked the ...

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CHURCH PEACE: A WARFARE MATTER (2)

Four Spiritual Warfare Strategies for Preserving Peace in the Church In my first post on this important aspect of preserving unity in the church, I argued for the need to fight for peace in the invisible realm. Paul lands his letter to the Ephesians on the strategic topic of spiritual warfare. He presents four battle tactics for successfully defeating the enemy of our souls in every kind of conflict. Trust your God. Know your enemy. Wear your armor. Say your prayers. I can't say everything I would like to about these tactics. I have to save something ...

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MEDITATION MADE DOABLE

Eight Steps for Setting Your Mind on the Things Above On September 25 I preached the first vision casting message for our church. I called it ACUTE--A Vision for the Future. The "A" in the acrostic stands for Awakening--Seeking Our Spiritual Transformation. My text was Col. 3:1-4. You can listen to the audio here. As promised, this post includes a link to an article I wrote for Tabletalk magazine sometime ago called On Your Heart. It outlines a process for effective meditating on Scripture--perhaps the most strategic way to set your mind on the things above....

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