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The Path and the Voice

A few years ago when I was reading over the Genesis account of Noah and the building of the ark I came to a startling conclusion: if Noah was wrong and didn’t hear from God, the worst thing that could have happened is that he would have ended up with an arc in his backyard;...

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Joyfully Free

Have you ever been to a party that suddenly went bad? A time that was supposed to be a celebration that out of nowhere became filled with tension, sadness or even strife? After the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem all of the people of Israel gathered at the Water Gate for a celebration that...

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Standards, Curfews and My Dad

When I was a senior in high school I went to my Father to try to negotiate a later curfew. At that time my curfew was earlier than that of all my friends and so I went with that as my one argument. I had made an assumption that this would be an easy win,...

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Seen by Love

What would life be like if we were all treated according to our worst moment? What if we all wore our own scarlet letter? A constant reminder to ourselves and announcement to those around us of what has gone wrong? These things would bring certain judgment, humiliation, anxiety and condemnation. While we don’t have the...

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Walk This Way

We often joke about men and our unwillingness to ask for directions. I have been in that position more than a few times. I can’t explain why, but there seems to be something inside that continually believes that I can find the right way if just given a little more time. I am sure that...

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Controlling or Self-Controled?

I love routine. I like to know what to expect, like to have time to plan for it and believe that I function best without any surprises. Because I have been a stay at home dad it seems that I have instilled this same thirst for routine into my boys. It is easy to see...

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Moment by Moment

Life is simply, in it’s most reduced form the sum of many moments. Each moment is different and yet each moment is ordered and held in the hands of God. There are moments of weakness and moments of strength; moments of unsurety and moments of clarity; moments of failure and moments of victory and there...

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Comforted or Comfortable?

As a pastor I get invited into some of the most personal and intimate times in people’s lives. Pastors officiate weddings, dedicate children, bless new seasons and opportunities, give eulogies and help with funeral plans and lend an ear, a shoulder, a laugh, a tear or whatever might be called for in any given moment....

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An Opportunity to Give

Is giving an obligation or an opportunity? When we are presented with the needs of others do we consider what we can give without being affected or do we trust God enough to be willing to give even if it creates a new need in our own lives? Yesterday I had an opportunity to present...

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No More Hiding Places

My youngest son, Elijah, has a new favorite game, hide and seek. He loves to play even though he has yet to understand that the point of the game is to not be found. He says, “I’ll hide and you count.” He then tells me where he will be hiding. He runs to the closet...