Warned in Advance

Warned in Advance

If the idea that God still speaks is new to you, you could probably use another illustration. Aside from a simple but profound impression, or the far less common guidance-by-miracle, what might this look like? The truth is it can take many forms. One day in early November 2011, I woke up with an unusually vivid dream replaying in my mind. I was walking with another individual on a sidewalk, when a third man passed us walking the opposite direction….

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He Still Heals, He Still Speaks

He Still Heals, He Still Speaks

Led to Donate Life, Part 7 I’ve been telling the story of my kidney donation as a personal illustration of what it’s like to try to be led by God, to “listen to His voice,” to answer a call from Heaven. (To read from the beginning, go to Part 1.) Maybe you doubt that this whole thing was really orchestrated by God and that He was actually communicating with me through impressions and circumstances. “You probably just imagined that the…

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Under the Knife, on Top of the World

Under the Knife, on Top of the World

Led to Donate Life, Part 6 I emailed my friend Les that same evening. I told him I was O+ and had already been tested and cleared to donate. I explained that blood type was only one factor determining compatibility, and that if he could get me the contact information for John’s hospital I thought I could send them my test results and they could get the process started. Les sent my email on to the school nurse, who then…

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Enter John

Enter John

Led to Donate Life, Part 5 I flew to Florida for my evaluation at the end of January 2015, and on March 17 I received a call from the Mayo in Phoenix saying I had been approved to donate a kidney. Now it was back to the waiting game—waiting for them to find a matching pair for our paired exchange. Big changes In the spring of 2016 we were making plans to move. The Lord was leading us to make…

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Parting the Waters

Parting the Waters

Led to Donate Life, Part 4 Don’t you love to watch God do His thing? You’re cornered by circumstances, and the only way forward is across an impassable sea. Then God steps in and parts the waters, leaving you with saucer eyes and dropped jaw. When God calls you to do something, that doesn’t mean there won’t be obstacles. There will be. One of the thrills of living in obedience to His call is watching Him intervene to help you…

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Getting Ahead of God

Getting Ahead of God

Led to Donate Life, Part 3 In Part 1 I referred to my confidence that God called me to be a kidney donor. I even used the word “certain.” Please don’t think, though, that the Lord’s guidance always comes to me with such clarity. It doesn’t. In fact, the next part of my story illustrates this well. After about six months of waiting, I believed God was leading me to get started. Not long after that, I thought He was…

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Anatomy of a Calling

Anatomy of a Calling

Led to Donate Life, Part 2 In July of 2011, God completely renovated my prayer life. I began taking prayer more seriously and, for the first time, consistently spent significantly more time in prayer—most days at least an hour. Instead of seeing prayer as a duty, I began to really thirst for it. I was growing closer to God, and He was leading me to new heights of joy, peace, and confidence. If my spiritual life had ever been stale—and…

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Our Up-Close-and-Personal God

Our Up-Close-and-Personal God

Led to Donate Life, Part 1 Looking back, it was my favorite part of the whole experience. Well, aside from the miracle—but I’ll get to that later. We had gathered for Sunday morning worship. It was my first time out in public since my surgery, and I was still moving very slowly. I gingerly grabbed a seat on the back row where my friends, Les and his family, always parked. Then I noticed, in the row directly in front of…

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