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Spirit of Adoption

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15 NASB My friends Derrick and Hannah recently adopted three young sisters. Derrick and Hannah had sensed God leading them to adopt a Continue Reading…

Why the Angels Still Praise Him

When God created the angels, He created Lucifer as a cut above the rest. He’s described before he fell as having the “seal of perfection,” being “perfect in beauty” and “full of wisdom” (Ezekiel 28:12). Either stunning beauty or astounding wisdom can become curses if misused. When someone has both, he becomes exponentially more vulnerable Continue Reading…

Expectations Fulfilled

Anna, the prophetess, was praying just a stone’s throw away. This was her life—praying and fasting—waiting and watching expectantly. What did Simeon say? I couldn’t hear very well. Did he say He has come? She made her way quickly to where Simeon1 was standing with the baby in his arms, and immediately she knew. “Oh, Continue Reading…

Look for Christ this Christmas

Ahhhh… Christmas is here. I am reminded of this joyous event everywhere I go. Stores are playing joyful songs about snowmen and reindeer, houses are randomly decorated with blinking lights, and people everywhere are exuding Christmas cheer, right? Well, that might be true where you live, but in the town where I drive, road rage, Continue Reading…

Giving God Sacrifices of Praise

What parent does not like to be praised and respected by his children? And when Dad announces to his kids that he’s decided to grant their hearts’ desire and take the family to Disney World, what child would not shout his approval and pound ol’ dad on the back while jumping for joy? Good ol’ Continue Reading…

Big Pictures Don’t Fit in Small Frames

Isn’t it funny how the things we once found so endearing in someone become our biggest pet-peeves?  The way they crinkled their nose is now an annoying tick. The tapping of a foot to music now sounds like excruciatingly loud stomping. The once cute rubbing of a chin now makes you want to ask- “do Continue Reading…

The Promises of God: Hide and Seek

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:8-9 NIV Everyone has experienced the cycle of sin and shame. It’s Continue Reading…

Who Do You Think You Are?

My wife, Carla, and I recently traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to visit some of our dearest friends for the weekend. A trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant is always part of our time together. As we enjoyed chips and queso, we also enjoyed catching up on each other’s lives. Shannon shared about her women’s small Continue Reading…

What Not To Wear

One popular television program of recent years in our home is What Not to Wear. Based in New York City, this program features Stacy and Clinton, the two co-hosts who enter people’s homes, raid their closets, and tell them what “works” and what doesn’t. In particular, they’re skilled at showing people the fashions that look Continue Reading…

Homesick

Living and waiting. You can’t have one without the other. Usually the waiting is trivial and, at it’s worst, annoying: waiting in line at the store, waiting at long red lights, waiting on hold for customer service, waiting for the weather to change, and waiting for the weekend to come. Sometimes waiting causes much deeper Continue Reading…

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