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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…

Wrestling Against Enemy Strongholds

Pres did some wrestling in middle school. I hated watching his matches! My emotions would sky rocket to ten and try their best to leap right on off the scale; my body was one mass of tense muscles as I’d twist and turn — wanting nothing so much as to get down on the mat Continue Reading…

Cute Shoes, Rain, and Big Birthdays

I didn’t bother to look at my weather app yesterday. I instead went “old school” and actually looked out the window. It was raining, and I couldn’t have been more excited. You see, a few weeks ago I bought new rain boots…really, really cute rain boots.  I’ve been waiting patiently to wear them because no Continue Reading…

El Roi – The God Who Sees

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4 (NIV) Do you know that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in at this very moment, God sees you? Would it be a Continue Reading…

Redefining Grace

Some of the phrasing from evangelicals is kind of funny and a little gross too.  “Washed in the blood” and “On-fire for Jesus” tend to be phrases that don’t connect to well with most people, unless they speak fluent Christianese.  Yet I have found that many of the simple words we use to describe this Continue Reading…

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