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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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Sinner Behind the Blog

Sinner Behind the Blog

Hopefully you’ve figured out from the blog that we’re not perfect. It’s important to know I have my share of struggles and we aren’t living some unobtainable, blissful, Christian Life. So here is to pulling back the curtain and letting you inside. Lust, greed, selfishness, ego, materialism, anger,  profanity and alcohol.  That might be a short list, but let me expand just a bit. Lust is the biggest rock I carry.  It’s the devil’s tool of distraction for me. If…

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Is “everlasting life” real?

Is “everlasting life” real?

Dying is scary. Living forever? Actually….equally scary. It sends some weird shiver through the body. This bothered me for a LONG time. Then…I had a revelation. 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  Please note the last 3 words.  Read them again. Prior to being married, I was in Fort Benning, GA at Infantry…

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Faith of a Mustard Seed

Faith of a Mustard Seed

Matthew 17:20: He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” This verse is often my saving grace. I know I have faith that Jesus is real, and that he died on the cross and rose again.  I know there is life after this (perhaps I’ll…

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One Task at a Time

One Task at a Time

Get up early, read the Bible, pray, get to work, build the “to do” list at work, phone rings, chaos for the workday ensues, gym, dinner, spend time with kids, cut grass, fix xyz, try to spend time with the wife and kids, go to bed exhausted… Sound like anyone’s day?  Ever feel like you aren’t making progress? Here is the best way to tackle it. Define your priorities in life. Mine are: 1. Faith 2. Family 3. Health/Fitness 4….

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A Father’s Perspective

A Father’s Perspective

My Dad used to say “you have no idea just how much I love you.”. And he was right…..until I became a father. By becoming a Dad myself I learned a harsh truth. I could never love my Dad as much as he loved me.  (And to be clear I love my Dad very much) There is something about parental love that is overwhelming. I love my girls and son as much as I could imagine loving any person. This…

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Yes, You Should Judge

Yes, You Should Judge

Ever hear someone say ” It’s not my job to judge?” Ever hear a Christian say that while speaking about another Christian?  That’s dismissive, and someone who isn’t holding themselves accountable to their duty as a Christian brother or sister.  No one likes to be confrontational, but that’s how we help hold each other accountable. And we can only hold each other accountable by judging (given scripture as our playbook) what is right and wrong. Feel free to peruse the Bible…

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The Devil is a Formidable Opponent

The Devil is a Formidable Opponent

At a summer wrestling camp I learned a valuable life lesson; never underestimate your opponent. It carried through in the military and in business.  But what about our faith?  We give all due credit to our God.  We know He can conquer all and create miracles whenever He decides. We love to seek God to help in our problems all while ignoring the culprit.  Which is two parts. 1. Our sinful nature 2. Satan When we are battling alcoholism, gossip,…

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