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Rainbows and Unicorns

Rainbows and Unicorns

Life is tough, life isn’t fair and we all know it.  We also know a good parent disciplines.  While we love our children, we want them to be productive and high-quality contributors to society.  It will never happen by putting them in bubble wrap, giving them all they want, and never telling them “no.” God is our heavenly father. How can we grow if we are never challenged or disciplined for our wrongdoings? 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but…

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Muscle Memory

Muscle Memory

My brothers and sister grew up playing sports just as many kids do.  And one of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Lee. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” This is critical to success.  Muscle memory.  Muscle memory helps us do things without thinking, helps us react and respond due to overwhelming practice.  Do we thank God endlessly throughout our day, do we pray to him without…

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Don’t Wait to be Good Enough…

Don’t Wait to be Good Enough…

Ever invited someone to the gym and they said: “Well, I just want to lose a little weight first.”. Ever invite someone to church and say, “Well, I just got to get myself together first.” Wrong answer. We lose weight by getting TO the gym, we grow closer to Jesus by taking action steps of prayer, attending church, reading the word.  You’ll never be “good enough”, we’re all just working to get better.   Here is some confidence for you that…

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“Kill” Them with Kindness

“Kill” Them with Kindness

Romans 12 has a unique standing for me.  Before I deployed, my sister was going to get my name with a yellow ribbon license plate for her truck. Ashby and I had been doing our Bible study and just read through Romans once before. It was about our enemies.  I needed some perspective and Romans 12 delivered.  17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far…

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Idols Made by Men

Idols Made by Men

In Isaiah 40, we learned of idols that were made by men.  Throughout history, we know that people have worshipped “gods” and we know that people made them up.  Ever wonder why? God instilled in us a knowledge of “there is more to life than this” and that there is “some higher power”. Some people just don’t know where to look so they symbolize it.  But here is an interesting point. Jesus factually lived.  It is documented. Another point, it…

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Covers It All

Covers It All

From Romans 8: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. One of my favorite verses. It just gives us this great confidence that no matter what we’ve done, or where we are in life, God’s love is big enough to cover…

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Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, ” With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” We as humans tend to be arrogant in our control and our self-confidence. I, myself, am a firm believer in the fact that hard work brings good luck. I believe hard work beats talent. But….as a believer, I also KNOW that God is in control. It’s hard to separate our own disciplines and behaviors from what God provides. I lean on the…

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Mountains and Seas

Mountains and Seas

Challenges in life present opportunities for God to display his miracles.  We all have challenges every day from our health, money, marriage, job stress and more.  We often might feel overwhelmed.  When this lands on us, we need to use it as an opportunity to grow closer to God and let him show his wisdom and power. Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain ‘ Go throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt…

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Paul writes of the law and grace

Paul writes of the law and grace

We were reading in Romans 3 and this part hit me over the head: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. It shows that the whole world is in fact accountable to God and…

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Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It Is Due

I was born in America in a home where I had a loving Mom and Dad and the very best big brother and sister anyone could hope for.  Later to be blessed with 3 impressive younger brothers.  Today I’m married to a wonderful woman and have 3 healthy children.  How often do we stop and just say “thank you God.” I could have been born in Afghanistan, a 3rd world country in constant tribal and global war.  Hard to access…

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