Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

What a wild, wacky, wonderful weekend of college basketball. The NCAA Men’s Tournament has provided incredible comebacks, thrilling upsets and historic wins in the past four days.

After a 134 losses by a #16 seed to a #1  seed, UMBC stunned and actually stomped by the overall #1 seed Virginia, who was the favorite by many experts to win the championship. Continue reading


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Every Friday for the month of March, we will be rebloging selected posts from this column that ran in early days of TPW. Enjoy!


Cross. Blood Stained

“I used to think it strange that the Bible keeps talking about the cleansing power of the blood,” admitted the late and renowned surgeon Paul W. Brand.

“It seemed to me that blood was messy stuff. I needed to wash my white lab coats if they became stained with blood,” wrote Dr. Brand in his book God’s Forever Feast. “Today, I love the analogy; it is so true of the body. The blood is constantly cleansing every cell, and washing away all the debris that accumulates all the time. I like Paul’s phrase in Hebrews.3 ‘How much more shall the blood of Christ purge [cleanse] your conscience from dead works?”

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Atheist Stephen Hawking is Dead


Stephen Hawking, the renown physicist, and avowed atheist died Wednesday.

Hawking, who was 76, wasn’t expected to live past age 25. When he was 21 he was diagnosed with ALS, the incurable neurodegenerative disease. Although he beat the odds for more than 50 years he once said that he “lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” Continue reading


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Great Verses of the Bible: Luke 4:4

“Bread today for a brighter tomorrow” is the headline on a web page “Bread for Israel.”

“In the country known as ‘the Land flowing with milk and honey,’ it’s hard to believe that anyone goes hungry. Yet every day, millions of children and adults throughout Israel are facing hunger or food insecurity.” According to this non-profit organization, almost 20% of Israeli families are “suffering from food insecurity.” Almost a third are children. Continue reading


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Reflections On Turning 70

Today I’m reminded of a neat story told about the baseball great Ty Cobb, who played in a different era. He retired in 1928 at the age of 41 with a lifetime .367 batting average.

When he was 70 a reporter asked, “What do you think you’d hit if you were playing today?”

Cobb replied, “Oh, about .290. Maybe .300.”

The reporter responded, “I guess that’s because of increased travel? Night games? Artificial Turf? And new pitches like the slider? Right? Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Contentment

Author John Eldredge tells a great story of a rich industrialist who was visiting Mexico and found one of the local fishermen just sitting by his boat, playing his guitar and enjoying a cold drink.

Disturbed to find the fisherman so idle he asked, “Why aren’t you out there fishing?”

The fisherman replied, “Because I’ve already gone out today and I have caught all that I need for me and my family.” Continue reading


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This column ran for the first 2+ years of TPW. With so many newer readers, and for the benefit of our longtime followers, we reblog it for your serious consideration.



Struggle.  Sorrow.  Supplication.  These words describe Jesus in Gethsemane’s garden as Thursday turned into Friday.

The apostles?  Surely they sensed it.  The hour was late.  Much had happened.  The last supper.  Washing feet.  Judas’ departure.  And the ensuing walk across the Kedron valley with Jesus teaching.  Encouraging. Comforting. Promising.

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