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The Impossible Life

Comparing myself to others in the church once gave me a sense of satisfaction. I thought I was doing great because I steered my life away from the big flashy sins. It wasn’t until reading through the book of Matthew one day, that I realized how far I had actually missed the mark. I came Continue Reading…

The Corner Post

Whether the fence is built on the Lazy H in Arkansas, the XIT in Texas, to enclose the yard around the house just over the grade in Atascadero, California, or to keep the goats in Mrs. Millsap’s pasture out of Mr. Sturtevant’s orchard in Virginia, one thing is common about all good fences: The corner Continue Reading…

Becoming Like a Two-Week Old

What time did you get up this morning? My two-week old son awakened me this morning at 2:00 A.M. I rolled out of bed, staggered toward the bassinet, and discovered he needed a fresh diaper. I should know this by now, but leaving certain parts of his anatomy uncovered for even a second can result Continue Reading…

God’s Definition of Success

Two friends were called by God to do inner-city youth ministry over the summer. They both led by grace and not law. They both served out of desire and not duty. They both prayed fervently and trusted that God’s ministry through them would lead the youth to experience the reality and transformation of Christ. One Continue Reading…

Rising Above Independent Christianity

On July 4, 1776 fifty-six brave lawyers, jurists, merchants, and farmers huddled together in Philadelphia to sign a document declaring independence from Great Britain on behalf of the United States of America. For Americans, no holiday conveys national pride like Independence Day. Families come together, enjoy backyard barbeques, attend patriotic services, and oooh and ahhh Continue Reading…

Walking Unleashed

Most evenings my dog Wesley and I take a walk through the neighborhood. Other than riding in the truck with the windows rolled down, the walk is the highlight of his day. During these walks, I had always kept a tight leash on him. He was not allowed to walk anywhere but right by my Continue Reading…

The Big Deal About Names

My precious bride Tiffany will give birth to our first child this summer, and I think it is about time that we pick out a name for him. One of the first questions people ask is, “So, what are you going to name him?” We’re not the first to face this age-old dilemma. Naming children Continue Reading…

A Few Quotes on the Subject of Grace

Grace is God’s inexhaustible supply of goodness where he does for us what we can’t do for ourselves. He freely dispenses it to us because of Christ. Grace is always free. Once you assess a charge to it, it is no longer grace. – Dr. Tony Evans One of the best kept secrets in Christianity Continue Reading…

Developing Spiritual Stability

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so WALK IN HIM, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. -Colossians 2:6:7 How do we develop spiritual stability? Paul answers that question with one little phrase “walk Continue Reading…

Defeating Temptation Telemarketer Style

There’s nothing like getting home at 5:30 every afternoon. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, but my favorite part of the day is coming through the door, kissing my beautiful bride, greeting my ferocious little Shih-Tzu, and oh yeah, grabbing the phone as it rings. I don’t know why I answer it, but Continue Reading…