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How to get the most out of your vacation for your soul

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Christmas is here! For many of us, this means some vacation time. Hopefully you get You're probably checking in for flights or packing the car for a trip to Grandma's house. Whether you're taking a long weekend or a whole week away, there's one question worth considering: How are you preparing your soul for vacation? We spend so much time rushing around...

Soothe Your Election Anxiety

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"How could you possibly vote for....?" "You're voting for WHO????" "If you vote for ________, you can't really be a Christian." "A REAL Christian would vote for _________." "If _________ is elected, our nation will not survive." "If you're voting for __________ you can unfriend me right now!" There’s little doubt that the potential fallout from this year’s election may ripple well beyond even the...

A Prodigal’s Tale and the Search for Peace

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The young man trudged along the rocky path to the field where his master’s pigs waited for their breakfast. His muscles were stiff and sore from sleeping in the barn, with nothing for a bed but moldy straw, which even the goats refused to lie on. He poured the foul smelling buckets of food over the fence and marveled...

The Color Clear

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When people ask me what my favorite color is, I always say “clear.” Why? Well, the truth is probably because I want to be somewhat comical and different. But at the same time it always gets people thinking… it gets me thinking. What is “clear,” and can it even be considered a color? I’ve come to define the color clear as...

Am I Overprotecting My Son?

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It was one of those moments when I thought I might have crossed the line from “Responsible father” to “What was I thinking?” It was Chandler’s first day skiing the real slopes. No more bunny hill. No more magic carpet. It was time for the real thing. Not only was it Chandler’s first day, but it was mine as well....

How Do I Resolve Conflict Biblically?

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Not all passages in the Bible are easy to apply to our life, especially when we've been hurt. Here is one that has hit me right between the eyes many times before: Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs” (NIV). When we've been hurt, it can be easy to harbor bitterness or fuel hate. But this...

Five Under Five, December 11, 2015

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Five links to five things that are under five dollars or five minutes of your time.  1. John MacArthur's “Anxious for Nothing: God's Cure for the Cares of Your Soul.” Anxiety is something that plagues us all from time-to-time. Here is a great those who battle anxiety or know someone who does. It is only .99 cents now on Kindle. This...

How to Read More so You Can Lead Better [video]

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Readers are Leaders.  If you are not reading, then you are not improving your skills and you will quickly be irrelevant. A true leader takes the time to read so that they are learning new things and stay relevant with those they are reaching, selling to or serving. In the above video, I share about how I read regularly. I have...

How I Write My Study Notes for My Sermon Prep

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Every time I preach, there are over 10 different steps that I take to get my sermon to the final outline. I've share with you previously about my first step, but here is another vital move I make in sermon preparation. After I've done most of my word studies, translation comparisons and exegesis work, I start a document that I...

Tips and Templates for Performing a Wedding

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One of the joys in my pastoral ministry has been to prepare people for marriage and then stand at the end of the isle with them as they make their vow for a life of love. Weddings are special. Each one is full of life-long memorable moments. Every wedding I have done has been as unique as the couple that...

Coram Deo: Live Life Before the Face of God

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How foolish are we to hide from God? If you’re like me, you have times in your life when you try to get away from God in hopes that he won’t find you, convict you, or even change you. I’m under the firm belief that if we would just be people who are completely transparent with God, we’d experience true transformation....

How to Love a Prostitute and The Way God Loves Me

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Perhaps one of the most unique of all the Minor Prophets is Hosea. Within the Bible pages is an unhappy love story that illustrates the loyal love of God and the spiritual adultery of Israel. Hosea’s wife, Gomer, is used as a reflection of Israel and its wicked and sinful state that is so vastly contrast from God’s holiness....