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By | Life, Stories, The Branch, The Well | One Comment

I’m a father of three daughters.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m afraid to raise three girls; I suppose the sentiment is really attached to raising three teenage girls since my daughters (who are 3, 2, and 2 months old) all generally sit still, read books, and don’t break things like their male counterparts….

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When Should I Start Dating?

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When? (Part 2 in our series on dating and relationships) “There is so much conflict and confusion over “when the right time” is to date someone.  And it makes sense, since so many of us experience dating by stumbling into it.  So is there really some kind of line, some kind of initiation moment that tells us now is the…

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Guard Your Heart

By | General, Life, Stories, The Branch, The Well | 2 Comments

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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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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My Week as a Single Parent

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My Week as a Single Parent I’ve known many single parents in my life; this was the first time I really felt like I caught a glimpse of the struggles they go through.  This past Sunday, my two-week old daughter Joanna (JoJo from here on out) was admitted into the hospital with RSV, a respiratory infection that in infants like JoJo…

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UPDATE 2/12: Date Night

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UPDATE 2/12/2017: Hey guys! Our Valentine’s Day event is now full!  Unfortunately our space limits us to a certain number of families, but I’m excited for the future when we can have more opportunities like this.  Keep an eye out, and if you have any suggestions, just let us know!   I still remember my first Valentine’s Day date with…

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I Was Blind, Too

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This morning, I was attending a Bible study down in East Austin, listening to the discussion about a passage in the book of John.  John 9, the healing of man born blind. The story is a familiar one for many of us: Jesus and his disciples were walking through town when they encountered a man who was blind from birth….

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Advent: He is in control

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One of the biggest obstacles in Christmas is there are a lot of  people we want to see and share the season with, but only so much we can control. This can lead to frustration, anger, and even tears. And it’s not just Christmas is it? Christmas just heightens those emotions because there is a certain expectation placed on having…

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