Who Moved the Fence?

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Michael Yaconelli articulates this powerful story in his book, Messy Spirituality—God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People. Chronicled during World War II, he recounts the actions of a group of soldiers and one old priest in the rural countryside of France: “During an intense battle, one of the American soldiers was killed. His comrades did not want to leave his body on the battlefield and decided to give him a Christian burial. They remembered a church a few miles behind the front lines … [Read more...]

Life in the Wilderness

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“If you’ve not been there yet, you will be”, “Everyone has a wilderness”, “It’s part of growing in God” These are just a few descriptions from others about living through a “wilderness” in their relationship with God, or even in everyday life. Yes, I have journeyed through times that I would consider a wilderness. Some of these such times were traveled with grace and it was a time of learning and growth. While in other times my human nature took control with impatience and wanting to know the … [Read more...]

Making The World A Better Place

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“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  Luke 2:35 For Lent each year, my three kids make their own crown of thorns out of Play-doh and toothpicks. Then, over the course of the next 40 days, they focus on trying to do kind things for others. Each time they do, they take a thorn out of their crowns. The idea is: if they are helping someone else, they are helping Jesus. Their kind actions remove the thorns that caused Him so much pain. The other day Zack came home from school and asked … [Read more...]

The Piano

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I sat in the living room last night as Reece, our daughter, practiced piano in the next room. She often plays where we can hear. And we enjoy listening. Sometimes, however, she will put the headphones on while she plays. Last night she was wearing the headphones. I went about checking my email and catching up on some work. Then the sound of her pressing the piano keys made it's way to the forefront of my awareness. I observed her as she glanced at the keys briefly and ever so slightly … [Read more...]

The Word Breaks Through

Demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah. (GWN) In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus heads to Capernaum after being rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. As he heads to Capernaum he encounters a very open minded group seeking and eager to discover more about the Rabbi. Three key observations about this section of the Gospel of Luke. The Word Condemns the Comfortable. 28 Everyone in the synagogue … [Read more...]

Planting the Seeds of Growth

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I was watching a cooking YouTube channel earlier. A man enthusiastically talked about the vegetables he raises in his own garden – all types of greens and herbs – to add to healthy organic smoothies. I don’t know much about gardening, but after watching this gentleman, I’m ready to plant some tomatoes! There are a lot of different guides for planting and harvesting. What you plant depends on the soil and weather conditions in your area. You want to plant and harvest at the right times. Any … [Read more...]

What are you Seeking?

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Matthew 6:33 - "But seek (strive to find) first (before all) the kingdom (royal power, kingship, dominion) of God, and his righteousness (integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting); and all these things (concerns, everyday needs, desires) shall be added unto you." (Strong's definition is provided for emphasis) This morning I got up for prayer and the Lord led me to get my laptop and begin to blog. I felt the following title impressed upon my … [Read more...]

Fathers

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I am a father. As a father, I want certain things for my children.  I want them to be safe. I want them to be loved.  I want them to be confident.  I want them to have identity in Christ. I want them to feel confident and empowered to share their faith and walk through life with confidence.  I want them to be healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I want them to have good friends and relationships. I don't want them to be lonely.  I want them to be joyful, happy, and at … [Read more...]

Attainable or Unattainable?

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For the longest time in my life, I struggled with the normal stuff.  The “normal stuff” being the search for fulfillment in things outside of God. I looked for fulfillment in trying to be a good dad, my job, my kids’ accomplishments, and my wife.  All of these things provided happiness at times and frustration at other times. None of them led to true fulfillment. In the midst of this, there were two things in my life that I desperately wanted to attain that I thought were unattainable: putting … [Read more...]

Couponing and Dumpster Diving

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The other day I wrote about the Lord asking Hagar, "Where have you come from and where are you going?" There is something very beneficial to our souls to reflect and remember where we once were. Part of living a life of gratitude and thanksgiving is to look back at some of the hard times. My kids like to remember things and often remember more vividly and more honestly than me. Kids don't have a filter or don't really know all of the circumstances surrounding a situation. One day, as we … [Read more...]