When I Was Almost Mauled by a Ten-foot Tall Dog


Persecution? Trials? Hey, Buddy, Resist!

One night when I was in college, I was floating down the sidewalk, on the way back to my dormitory after having visited the love of my life. There was still a tiny glow of her presence inspiring me and my thoughts flew away to perfume and flowers and all the things you think about–before you’re married.

Suddenly I heard a sound that didn’t seem to be a love bird. Grrrrr!

Electricity ran up my back as I turned to see a ten-foot tall German Shepherd bounding towards me. His fangs were nine inches long, dripping slobber. (All these dimensions and certain impressions were estimations that I made at that moment and might not be completely correct. There was a German Shepherd anyway).

Coming after me!

I wanted to run but that would have been an enormous error. Fortunately I knew what to do because I had watched several Tarzan movies. Continue reading

Do Circumstances Have the Power To Limit You?

If our heart is submitted to  the Lord, the only limits we have are the limits of His will for our lives.

Have you ever been reading the Bible and suddenly something jumped out at you that nearly knocked you off your chair?

It happened to me the other day. Proverbs 4: 23 proclaims one of my favorite Old Testament life themes: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (NIV, 1984). I wanted to get the sense of this idea of “wellsprings.”

Most versions translate it in more or less the same way, but the version that socked me was a French one called the Ecumenical Translation of the Bible. “Be vigilant in watching over your heart because the limits of your life depend on it (your heart).” Continue reading

An Attitude Check: Four Ways To Conquer a Lousy Attitude

The other day I got bopped. I wasn’t expecting it.

Something that was supposed to happen didn’t, and I felt it left me in a pretty exposed position. I was upset.

Instead of picking myself up, looking toward the Lord and expressing my faith in Him, I looked for someone to blame. Since the Lord was the biggest target around, He caught the brunt of my feelings.

“Here I am serving You, making sacrifices for You and I haven’t griped about a less than perfect situation. Now this?”
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