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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....

The Tragedy of Focusing on Peace More Than Christ

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“Imagine there’s no heaven…it’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today.” Perhaps the words I just read sound familiar to you. They were the opening lyric to one of the most influential songs in pop history. The young people of the 1960’s & 70’s embraced John Lennon’s song...

Let’s Abandon the Self-help Gospel

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“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) According to the Scientific American, elephants are truly amazing creatures because, although they have dismal eyesight, “they never forget a face.” They use their other senses to store memories...

Gap Management: Making the Most of Every Moment

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There is no such thing as a spare moment. Every minute I've been given must account for something, whether I like it or not. Even the "down time" that is incorporated in my life is not "spare" or "wasted" but intentional and celebrated. Recently I was on a call with my assistant (the world's greatest, I am sure if it)....

Killing Giants: Tips for Getting Through Daunting Tasks

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How do you kill your giants? That's right - One  at a time. Yes, there are millions of saying like this, but there is truth in all of them - if we are going to take care of those monstrous tasks before us, we have to just take it one little step at at time. Lately Iv'e been in one of the...

Do Angels Really Exist?

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Timidly she approached me after all the other youth had emptied the room. Her question was nothing to be embarrassed of, yet she still hesitated asking it. She slowly muttered, "My friends tell me that angels are not real… that they only exist in movies n’ stuff." Then, in a sort of whisper so no one would hear her,...

5 Principles for getting to know God

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"How do I get to know God better?" I can't tell you how many times people ask me this question. Do you pray more to get to know God? Do you read the Bible more? Is there a magic formula to use to get close to God? Well, there's no magic formula, but there are some powerful answers to this question. Can...

Gospel of John Series

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Part 1: Biographical Sketch of John, The Beloved Disciple In this first sermon of the series, I took the time to give the background on the Apostle John. Because John often referred to himself as the "disciple Jesus loved" we looked more in depth at the love of Christ. The main preaching point was "God's Love Will Never Leave You...

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...

Dream God-Sized Dreams

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When I was younger I used to dream God-sized dreams. It was not rare for me to call owners of large buildings, semi-truck companies, and large traveling tents to see if they would donate some of their assets for God’s use. I would lay awake at night dreaming about what could be done for the glory of God. Money was never...

More of God: When Grace and Honesty Collide

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So how do honesty and grace connect? The grace of God is the very thing that allows us to be honest. If it were not for His grace – the combination of his unconditional love and His unrelenting mercy – we would not be able to say the things we need to say to God. Because He is full...

Remind Us That You Are the Giver of Life

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Dear God, Giver of Life, We forget how precious you are at times, and in doing so, we forget how precious life is. Yet, in-spite of our shallow view of you, God, you patiently wait for us to remember the depth of your goodness. We complain over the struggles of life, all the while forgetting the privilege we have to live. Yet, God, you patiently...