It’s Time to be Jealous!

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I grew up being taught that jealousy is wrong. The first time I remember learning this lesson was in preschool. Another kid brought a yo-yo to school and was playing with it during recess. I thought it looked like fun, so I grabbed it out of his hand. Of course, he didn’t like that, so we got into a shoving … Read More

It Takes a Village

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I have two roles in my family. I am a father and a son at the very same time. At first glance, you might think that my relationships with my dad and my son are extremely linear –ie. My dad teaches me and I teach my son –period. But actually, the learning process is not so black and white. If you … Read More

Sweet Tea and the Spirit

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I have several friends who order their drinks without ice. Whenever they order at a restaurant, the server always does a double take. “Sweet tea with no ice?” But my friends have a practical reason for their anti-ice stance. They want the maximum amount of tea possible in their glass. I guess, from that perspective, when the server pours a … Read More

The Closer the Better

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Integrity and character are hard to find. Especially given the fact that we naturally expect people to have “hidden agendas.” Whether it is a salesman, politician, newscaster, or neighbor, we sadly have trouble believing integrity and character exist. There are some legitimate reasons for this. Our experiences have been shaped by people’s false motives and dishonest dealings. We’ve all felt … Read More

Is Weak Gospel Language Acceptable?

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“Accept Christ.” Sounds good, right? You read it on church signs and hear it in sermons. But is that all there is to it? Certainly “accepting” Christ is necessary, even good. But it’s not the full picture. I’d like to suggest some bolder language, and here’s why: • It’s not a very clear message. What are you accepting about Christ? … Read More

Leaving Home For Love

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In July of 2008, Mom and Dad had just finished building a new house. It was going to be their last move. Dad had already retired and Mom was just a few years away. The new house was just outside of town with plenty of land for dad to justify buying a tractor. At the time, Jill and I lived … Read More

Proper Proclamation

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To preach simply means to proclaim. It doesn’t necessarily mean raising one’s voice or getting “worked up.” What is important about preaching is the content of the sermon and the manner in which it is presented. The content must be biblical and the presentation must be representative of the nature of Christ.   Content: A sermon must start with Scripture. … Read More

What Desires Do You Desire?

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For about nine months I followed my diet perfectly. I went out of my way to choose healthy foods. Sometimes it meant bringing my own meal to a Christmas party or eating nothing while my friends indulged in desert. But one day my will power ran out. I guess I had just had enough of the healthy routine. It started … Read More

Taking the Lead at the Table

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Whenever you go out to eat with a group of people, do you ever take note of what prompts everyone to stand up from the table to leave? There are several interesting cues from body language that can trigger everyone to stand up. For instance, when the conversation comes to a natural pause, if someone will put down their napkin … Read More

Be Sure to Remember

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At one point in my life I had way too many speeding tickets on my record. I knew that I had to change my ways. So I put a small note on my dashboard that said, “Whoa down, Turbo!” Believe it or not, it worked. Turns out I just needed a little reminder to keep my speed under control. I … Read More