Family Principles

Family Principles

Ashby here. On our way to my six-year old’s T-ball game tonight, we had a talk about our family principles. I had to explain to him that principles are things that are at the core of our being as a family. They are what we believe in. They are things that we refuse to compromise on. I am not sure why I felt the need to share them with him at that moment, but he seemed to enjoy the conversation….

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Doubts and Actions

Doubts and Actions

Matthew 28:16-20 – Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I…

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Jesus Is Our Friend

Jesus Is Our Friend

John 15:15 – No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. This verse is one that I constantly reflect on, and it warms my heart.  Many of us tend to think of God as this impossible to please ruler that waits to strike us down.  That he is a…

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Fire and Brimstone – Harsh Truths

Fire and Brimstone – Harsh Truths

In Isaiah, we have been reading about the destruction of people who turned away from God and it made one thing very clear throughout several chapters; it’s going to be brutal. Isaiah 15: 5 The Lord has broken the rod of the wicked,    the scepter of the rulers,6 which in anger struck down peoples    with unceasing blows,and in fury subdued nations    with relentless aggression. I’m someone who likes for someone to tell me like it is. Please don’t sugar coat it, please just tell me the news.  Well here is…

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Free Gifts

Free Gifts

When we purchased my wife’s car, one of the advertised benefits of purchasing the car there was the free “car services” that were thrown in with the purchase of the vehicle. Essentially, free inspections and free oil changes. But, they’re definitely not free services. Because what seems to happen each time you bring the car in is they want to notify you of things that are either already going wrong with the vehicle or of things that are about to go wrong with it. In other…

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Your Purpose

Your Purpose

So often, we find ourselves searching for our life’s purpose. I’ve written about this previously. And yet, at least for me, that search has more or less always started with me. In our sermon this weekend at church, they mentioned a verse and a quote that absolutely hit me over the head. “For everything, absolutely everything above and below, visible and invisible…Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. — Colossians 1:16 MSG Also, Your purpose will…

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Infinite Love

Infinite Love

When my six-year-old goes to bed each night, we both say the same thing: “I love you to the end of space infinity times.” Not to state the obvious, but space is endless (I believe God made it that way on purpose) and infinity is a concept because we’re always coming up with new numbers, yet infinity will always stay on top. In much the same way, God’s love for us is absolutely boundless. It’s unfathomable in our human brains….

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Are You Haughty?

Are You Haughty?

God really hates pride and ego. Isaiah 10:12 states, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.” Haughty isn’t a word that gets used much in our culture, so while I could figure it out in context, I looked it up. Here is the definition that comes up when I googled it… “Someone who is haughty is arrogant and full of pride. When you’re haughty, you have a big attitude…

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Asking for a Sign

Asking for a Sign

Isaiah 7:10 – Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or the highest heights.” God is always there. Always. No matter what. In our struggles or victories, we can count on the fact that He is there for us. Even more so, in this verse, He seems willing to remind us of that if we just ask Him to show us a sign. I realize I’m adding context…

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What Life Is All About

What Life Is All About

I have two sons – ages six and two. In our house, occasionally, we turn the music up loud and one of two things happens: a dance party (less likely) or lots of singing (most likely). My six-year-old is a quiet one and my two-year-old can dominate a conversation already. Regardless of personality though, when the music comes on – they both start to sing. The favorite in our house at the moment is King of My Heart: Few things…

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