Define the Relationship

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Define the Relationship Odds are, most of us will find ourselves in a dating relationship at some point in our lives.  As much as that may sound exciting (or terrifying) to us, the reality is how you enter into a relationship is just as, if not more, important as how you actually work out that relationship.  This is where so,…

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Enduring Trials

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I spent last week in Ethiopia, intending to adopt our 13-year old son, Danny.  It was my plan to bring him home with me and it became evident that this was not the plan of God (yet).  In the three months leading up to this disappointment, our family experienced other setbacks, including a broken heel that set me back from…

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Ambition

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For the seven years before I entered the ministry, I was promoted 4 times at my work.  I moved up the ranks from a mid-level manager to an executive at a large corporation.   I was AMBITIOUS, constantly striving for the next big thing!  Don’t get me wrong; I worked hard and had a relationship with the Lord, and did not…

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Why Community Group?

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When James and I got married, I made it very clear that we would not be joining a community group.  We did lots of churchy activities, so I didn’t see a particular need for joining a forced group of People Who Meet on Wednesdays to sit around in a circle and yammer about the Bible and our feelings.  After all,…

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Guard Your Heart

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Guard Your Heart It’s amazing how much romance dominates our collective psyches: from holidays to movies, music, clothing… just about everything, every aspect of our culture obsesses about the idea that people fall in love and live happily ever after.  It’s powerful, potent stuff, and it’s hard not to let your heart get swept up in it. I remember it…

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Out of Office: Leaving Everything.

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Out of Office When I read this verse, I think of Levi plopping an “out of office” sign on his desk and leaving. But let’s try and put our heads where Levi was at. Levi was unmarried, probably a young adult. Marriage may not have been his thing. Commitment might have always been a bridge too far. Plus, what father would hand…

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Athletics or Smarts Identity Crisis

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When I was 12 turning 13 I had a real identity crisis. Although I know that puberty was an identity crisis all of it’s own that’s not the subject I’ll cover here. When I was growing up in Texas, I was a “smart” kid. I built my identity on it. Being the first one done on quizzes and tests was…

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Follow Me

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Jesus often told people, "Follow me." The immediate context may have lead to a party, as it did for Matthew, but ultimately this meant that that person gave up their life and put their full trust in fulfillment and joy in Jesus. Some have taken that to mean that "once I follow Jesus, I will be rich, famous, or have...
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Strings Attached?

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A seminary professor of mine recently posted on Facebook…”Grace comes with strings attached.” It was a statement that caused me to really think. I read some of the angry comments beneath the post reacting in horror. Charged statements assuming that the professor meant that salvation is earned as opposed to a gift. I don’t think he meant it like that. What he…

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