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Convenient Chaos

A few days ago, as I was preparing to leave home I realized that I had run out of my typical morning pick-me-up and decided that it was imperative that I stop and get myself Dr. Pepper so that the day didn’t spiral out of control. I dropped my boys off at school and then...

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Becoming Unshakable

I have always been intrigued by Jesus’ illustration at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. As He brings the sermon to a close He tells the crowd that anyone who listens and obeys the things that He has taught will be like a man that built his house on a rock foundation, when...

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Life Changing Answers

I had one of the most wonderful conversations with my oldest son last night. It was after a basketball game, we were talking about the game, school, little brothers and some other things when we arrived at a topic that was highly charged and very emotional. My son’s best friend, who is much more than...

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Compelled

Last week I had the wonderful privilege of being a groomsman in the wedding of one of my dear friends. The ceremony was beautiful, full of God’s presence and beauty and the reception was simply one of the most joyful celebrations I have been a part of for quite some time. My wife and I...

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Patient and Kind?

As the father of two young boys I find myself saying, “Be patient” quite often. Whether it is a desperate need to get shoes tied to go outside, to have a channel changed because the current program is not a “favorite” or to get the next snack on the table before someone passes out from...

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He loves us!

I have often tried to imagine the scene of Isaiah 6 when the prophet is thrust into the throne room of God. Isaiah says “I saw the LORD sitting on a throne . . . and the train of His robe filled the temple.” The vision of God was overwhelming, so much so that all...

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Prepared to Change

Change hurts. I know, it’s not a new thought or creative concept but it is true, to a certain degree. I am of the belief that we should be constantly growing, constantly maturing, constantly changing, so does that mean we should be constantly hurting? No, I don’t think so. The pain of change is all...

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What are you chasing?

Sometimes in life we chase a specific goal or dream so hard that we forget why we ever started chasing. There are moments, maybe even seasons in which we are overcome by determination for a prize that we start to overlook the path that leads to the anticipated outcome. There is something wonderful about focused...

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It’s OK to Ask Again

This morning as I was dropping my older son Noah off at school I told him to walk behind the van to the sidewalk because of the traffic that was moving in front. He jumped out and then stood there at the van for a second. I was looking the other direction, expecting to see...

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Ten Years Ago . . .

Ten years ago today my life changed. At the time it was the most difficult thing I had ever experienced, it was the death of a dream, the end of a season and a rejection that I took much too personally. Generally I am pretty confident in God’s calling on my life, in His will...