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I’m a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God’s perspective. I’m also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I’m prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely – laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained – God’s reputation and mine intact.

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Dead Men Don’t Give Testimonies
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A few months back, I gave my testimony of being diagnosed with terminal cancer almost 40 years ago, then being healed miraculously after years of unsuccessful chemotherapy. Afterward, people came up to me praising God for his healing me and saying things like, “Isn’t God good?”

Yes, God is good. And he was and still is, good to me specifically. But how about those Christians who were not healed and died? Dead men don’t give testimonies!

Non-Christians often ask me about why we say God is good, when obviously he does not rescue or heal everyone – not even all Christians. It’s a variation of the old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” And if they could come back from the dead, would they characterize God as good, or uncaring and even evil?

Bad things do happen to the non-Christian dead.
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You’re Not Wearing That Are You? (Dealing With Controlling People In Your Life)
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I’ve been mentoring men for 35 years now, and I’ve seen the devastation controlling parents have had on their lives. I’ve met with unbelievably successful men who feel like they still don’t measure up to their parents expectations, and many of those parents are dead!

The intent of this blog is to better understand what may have been done to you and to help you recognize the “sins of the fathers” in yourself and how that may be affecting your own children or grandchildren.
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Our Physical Bodies Are the Door to Our Spiritual World
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There is an old rabbinical prayer that says, “Bless you oh God, that all the holes in my body work.”

While we might laugh at that observation, the Bible is very clear that our bodies are not only “temples of the Holy Spirit,” (1 Cor. 6:19) but it’s through our bodies that we either contaminate our spirit, or elevate our spirit. Well, how does that work?
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Content With Our Servitude
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“Most men will grow up to love their servitude, and will never dream of rebellion.” – Huxley

This amazing quote from A Brave New World stunned me the moment I heard it. My intial reaction was, nobody would be that stupid. Who would ever grow-up loving their servitude?

Me. And maybe you.

So, how is that true in my life and might be in yours as well?
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