Lessons Learned on the Journey

My Journey with Jesus

For me, driving from Philadelphia to NYC is basically a two-hour trip. As I type the New York City address into my phone, I realize I have four different routes to choose from. But the GPS chooses…

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Learning Lessons — Again and Again

As I get older I realize that the important lessons in life are often ones I have learned before. Why do I need to relearn these critical lessons? In the whirlwind of life, I lose my focus. I spend…

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The Wonderful "Smallness" of Christmas

When we first moved to Hungary in 1996, I shopped in small local stores. Budapest changed as malls and "mega-stores" took over. These changes reflected the notion that "bigger is…

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The Future

"The future is a place of infinite promise and wonder. But by persistently pondering it, we distort the present." This quote (Tim Layden, "Future Issue", Sports Illustrated…

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Spiritual Fast Food

"You will never be a great cook until you can learn patience." These words from my mother reveal two things about me: I have a tendency to be impatient and I have never been a good cook.…

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Thanksgiving in Adversity

"God cannot love you more tomorrow than He loves you today." These words were spoken to me by a person in the midst of adversity. One might ask, "How could that be?" God's…

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All-knowing Bob

Soon after arriving in Budapest a Greek physician asked me, "Do you know why God called you to Hungary?" With confidence I replied, "Yes, I think I do know." This kind, wise man…

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By Him and for Him

One of my wife's favorite verses describes how the world was made and was intended to operate. Speaking of Jesus, Paul says, …

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When trouble comes...

When trouble comes I am so prone to look to myself or to others for answers. The end of that journey is often frustration and anger. My mentor in Hungary - a wise gentleman who had known suffering,…

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An Unhurried Cup of Coffee

I asked a man from Germany what he missed most while living in the United States. He replied, "I miss sitting unhurried at a café and drinking coffee with friends. Now I get my coffee at…

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