getting what you ask for

I’ve been struck recently by the incredibly bizarre life and reign of King Saul. It happened as I was reading a bedtime story for my kids about David and Goliath. As I read through the 15 sentence long story, stretched out over 5 pages of colorful illustrations, I just could...

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Struggle

Watching the struggle of a butterfly as it tries to emerge from a cocoon is hard. The urge to help — to make it easier on the butterfly is so strong. Yet without the struggle that butterfly would be unable to fly. The effort required for the winged creature to...

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Love Stinks

Real love stinks. It is not a fluttery feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach as a pretty woman or a handsome man walks by. It is not how you describe your favorite food. It has very little to do with the emotion accompanying the birth of...

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blindsided

There are times in life when you see something coming, and there are times in life where you just get totally blindsided. Last week my wife and I sat down to watch “The Help” a movie about African American maids in the South during the Civil Rights era. As we...

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Hope. More Important Than You Think.

What is hope? I Corinthians 13:13 says “And now these three remain faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Much has been said about faith and love, but what about hope? It is mentioned 180 times in the Bible, so it must be important, but why?...

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Crazy or Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We think that faith should feel different than it does. I’m not sure where we got the idea, but in our minds, decisions made in faith are backed by a bedrock...

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How Have You Been?

With the Christmas and New Year’s seasons upon us, we know that this is one question we will hear over and over again throughout the next couple weeks as we see family and friends that we may not have seen for months, a year, or even more. Usually it’s followed...

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Less Passion

That statement brought me out of my 8am classroom stupor and made me sit up and actually listen to my prof. How could he say that? I’ve grown up in the church, I’ve heard more than my fair share of sermons about not being lukewarm, about being passionate for Christ...

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