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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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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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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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American Culture

American Culture

In Isaiah 2:6-8, I see a version of American culture. 6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs. 7 Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.8 Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work…

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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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Focus on the Trend

Focus on the Trend

We have a habit of concentrating on our most recent worst decision – a time that we’ve failed to live according to our principles. Focusing on your last worst decision is throwing the focus off the path that is leading you closer to God and away from the progress you’ve made to this point. It’s important to know that the road to God is paved with stumbling blocks. When you trip on one of these stumbling blocks, we are generally…

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Receive Like a Child

Receive Like a Child

Jesus says often that we should become like a child: Matthew 18:3 – “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mark 10:15 – “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Luke 18:16 – But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder…

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Come As You Are

Come As You Are

One of the common excuses to delay coming back to God, or back to church is, “I need to get my life together first.” Exactly what does that mean? The Lord does not need you to prepare yourself before coming to Him. He is already there for you; He always has been. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are…

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Complaining

Complaining

I can understand complaining from time to time. None of us are perfect in this regard and our patience gets tested. But I’ve recently been around some Christians that were relentless in their complaining and it was honestly hard to be around them. It’s one thing to acknowledge that something is annoying, but going on and on ad nauseam about how you’ve been dealt a short straw is likely alienating the folks around you. If this is you, what type…

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