A Passport to Prayer

On Monday morning I found myself on the phone with the passport hotline. I was not happy. Our family was leaving for Korea in six days and Hannah’s passport hadn’t arrived. We had applied over two months ago and through a series of misadventures found ourselves in doubt as to...

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The Most (Un)Important Things

Yesterday morning I was pleasantly surprised. Rather than a 6:30am wake up call, our son slept in till 8. We all got up, we ate breakfast together, and I grabbed a shower and headed over to the church. The day flew by, lots of phone calls, texts and emails. Lots...

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How Will You Live Today?

A couple weeks ago, I ran the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. I was not trained for the distance, in fact, I didn’t even know if I would run it until the day before. I was, however in training for a marathon, so the length of the race didn’t seem...

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Unchain

On Easter Sunday we experienced a powerful service that pointed to the metaphorical chains that bind us in our lives. These chains hold us back, tie us down, keep us from fulfilling our calling in Christ. Everyone is chained in some way or another. Pastor Brad pointed out that sometimes...

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Criticize, or…

1.7 million dollars. Last week our entire nation found out just how much money our President made last year. 1.7 million dollars. I sat there at my computer and thought, “Man, that kind of money would be nice!” I continued to read the article about President Obama’s personal finances and...

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Living Sacrifices

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Every Sunday morning followers of Jesus gather together in order to worship God in music and Word. ...

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Change

Yesterday evening I stood in the kitchen holding my son on one hip, reading a recipe for dinner off of my laptop that was sitting on the counter and suddenly it occurred to me, “Wow, things change so fast!” I had just watched a couple episodes of the original A-Team...

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On Fasting

Perhaps there is nothing more integral in human culture than food. Sure sex and money are powerful, but if you go a day without spending, you may not even notice it. But, go a day without eating, and your body itself will let you know there’s a problem. Think of...

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How Long Will we Wait?

At a stop light? 30-40 seconds. At a checkout lane? 3-4 minutes. At a fast-food drive-thru? The car before you always takes 3-4 times what it takes you to get your own food. And trying to turn left on Baldwin? Pitch a tent, you’re gonna be here for awhile… We...

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No Ordinary God

About a week ago, I started out the day overwhelmed and defeated. I felt like many of the situations around me were hopeless railings against the inevitable. I was struggling through what seemed to be insurmountable problems in my personal finances, church finances, friends lives, health issues and I felt...

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