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Five Ways to Beat the Silent Treatment

Les walked through the front door of our home this week, set a copy of the Wall Street Journal on the kitchen counter and said, “Let’s never give each other the cold shoulder again.” “Again?” I asked. “When do we ever do that?” Les held up a section of the paper he’d just read about…

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Reaching Out

What does someone’s soul look like, really? What do the heart, motivation, values and beliefs… all of those things… really look like? We’re in a culture that so easily masks these things because we have a perception of what we believe others need to see.   A homeless person who is wearing worn, tattered clothes…

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Build on High Ground

There is another great principle I’ve learned from the story of Noah’s Ark. It sort of states the obvious, are you ready: Build on High Ground. While this might seem pretty obvious, there is great truth in this principle. In looking more closely, I believe this is actually two smaller truths: 1) When you have a…

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3 Ways to Help Us Love Like Jesus

You know how CEOs and Boards of Directors make vision statements for their corporations or businesses? They do so to maximize effectiveness and create higher profitability within their company. What if we, as believers, followed that lead and made vision statements for our walk with Christ to help us love like Jesus, specifically how we interact…

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Winning, Losing, and Spilled Milk – How We Respond to Mistakes

I’m not sure where it was originally said, but people generally don’t disagree with the following statement: “Errors, miscalculations, and blunders are the “unforgivable sin” in today’s society.” You’ve grown up with it and your kids live it in our world today. Failure is not an option. I think it was Vince Lombardi who said…

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Personal Responsibility- Taking the Blame When it’s Mine to Take

Personal Responsibility According to the 21st century bastion of knowledge, Wikipedia, the expression “passing the buck” is said to have originated from poker, in which a marker was used to indicate the person whose turn it was to deal. If the player did not wish to deal he could pass the responsibility by passing the…

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Want to love like Jesus?

“Honey, would you go upstairs in storage and get me the big red suitcase?” “I’m in the middle of something. Can it wait until after lunch?” When I’m working in my home office, I’m always in the middle of something! Historically, when asked for this kind of favor, I would go into a long sigh…

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What Joey Feek taught me about loving others

Few people are able to make such a sizable impact and touch lives in both the secular world as well as the faith-based community, but one woman was successful in doing just that, the late country music singer and song writer, Joey Feek. Prior to the past few weeks, when her touching story became headline…

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Getting love out of the rough

Do you golf? Honestly, I goof more than I golf but since golf courses as a group are quite possibly the most beautiful places on earth, what’s not to love? From the time he was little, our son Chris took golf lessons every summer. For fun, he and I loved to team up against my…

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Love From a Pure Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:18 These words are part of what has become known as the Beatitudes, which introduced the longest record in the Gospels of one of Jesus’ teachings. The implication, supported by the rest of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is that if…

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How to deal with unrecoverable sickness

Sickness brings out the best and the worst in all of us. We live in the real world and the reality of illness is a given. We have to deal with it. Most of the time, sickness is recoverable. You know… coughs, colds and the occasional projectile vomit. It’s part of growing up. It’s a…

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Do pastors experience fear and anxiety?

Okay. It’s time for some gut wrenching transparency. I’m afraid and I’ve spent the greater part of my adult life living with fear and anxiety. Does that surprise you… especially when you realize that I’m a pastor of a great church. Where’s the faith baby? Why don’t you apply what you teach? Don’t you believe…

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Love More Like Jesus

In our student ministry we recently finished our big fall event. The theme we chose for the event was #LoveLikeJesus (Hashtag Love Like Jesus). Now in all honesty we chose this theme because I knew that I would be involved in this blog, but at the same time I don’t know how I feel about…

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This is the primacy of our faith

Meet Darryl I received my first Bible at the age of five, a picture Bible. I remember growing up loving the stories in Scripture, learning them, and kind of contending to the faith a little bit like Jude. I took it with somewhat of a prophetic chip on my shoulder. When I went on to seminary,…

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