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Restoring Order

Living with and for Jesus makes a major change in our lives, it changes the random to purposed and coincidence to planned. As we read the gospels we see many interactions in Jesus’ life that seem as if they don’t fit or don’t make sense or can simply be shrugged off as unimportant, but then...

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I shall not want?

It seems that no matter what I am reading, studying or talking about lately I have come back to David’s famous words in Psalm 23:1, “The LORD is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” I have gone back and read that verse in several different English translations of Scripture recently. Most stay with the King...

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Productive?

I’m not your typical blogger. I don’t post often enough and when I do, I post larger amounts of information than are usually found in this format. But today I just want to share a brief thought that I hope will have long-lasting impact. What are the most productive things in your life? Who are...

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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...