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Ever Fainted?

I have been trying to write about Psalm 27:13 for the last few days. David wrote, “I would have lost heart (fainted), unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Each time I have sat down to write I just have not felt like...

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Growth & Mixed Emotions

Today is the first day of school for our city. It has been a day of mixed emotions. My oldest son Noah started the fourth grade. This was the first time in his school career that the first day didn’t involve me as anything more than a taxi driver. Every year before today, the first...

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Obstacles or Opportunities?

One of my favorite verses is the second half of Psalm 23:3, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” I have used this verse as a prayer thousands of times. I find great comfort in knowing that there is a “path” that has been set out for me; that I am...

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Need A Towel?

As Paul neared the end of his letter to the Ephesian Church he began to admonish them, giving advice as to how they should live, with God and with each other. He wrote: “Be imitators of God as dear children.” “Walk as children of light . . . Finding out what is acceptable to the...

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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...