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It’s Been A While

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. My apologies. We were consistent for a while and then fell off. I hope you’ll find this note to be well received. The goal moving forward isn’t so much to post super consistently, but just as the Lord moves in us. I want to share something that hit me this morning. In Proverbs, Chapter 14, there is a reminder to be patient in verses 8 and 29. We say to our kids…

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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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“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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Politics

Politics

Isaiah 40:17 says, “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.”‭ Some of the worst name calling in the world of politics is from that of professing Christians. Is that attitude setting us up for opportunities to witness to others, or pushing those we seek to save further from us? That’s rhetorical. We tend to get wrapped up in government affair and politics, yet do you think God is…

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Peace

Peace

Romans 8:6 says, The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  Look at the last word.  Peace is one of the most underrated things we rarely ask for in prayer. Do we realize that with PEACE, nothing else matters?  So when we are in our own cultural world of rushing, anxiety, stress, task lists etc that we are OPPOSITE of peace. Yet when we surrender to the spirit (and live in…

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Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Would People Know You’re A Christian?

Our childhood next-door neighbor sends out a five-minute weekly recording. It’s always wonderful and I truly look forward to each one. I’ve tried to convince him to make it a podcast to no avail thus far. This week, he was telling a story from years ago about an interaction he had where someone mentioned to him that people would know he was a Christian based on how he acted. My question for you is (and for myself), is, if a…

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A Passion for Jesus

A Passion for Jesus

In Isaiah 26, I read the following: v9: My soul yearns for you in the night;    in the morning my spirit longs for you. If someone were to ask about my relationship with Jesus I wouldn’t describe it this way.  But I wish I would.  When is the last time you could say you “yearned” or “longed” for something?  These are strong descriptive words.  I’ll say this, I want to have a yearning for prayer, a yearning for seeking God first in…

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A Whisper

A Whisper

While we often do our best at explaining complicated verses from the depths of the Bible….it always comes back to the basics. My favorite is that my wife and I teach children’s church. And in that space, we did a great lesson today. God spoke to Elijah, not through the wind, not in an earthquake, but in a fire.  What does this mean? There isn’t always some big, magical sign.  Sometimes it’s subtle.  Sometimes it may almost be unnoticeable, but…

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Growth is a Byproduct

Growth is a Byproduct

Just like with anything else, we can’t start out seeking the outcome. The outcome is determined by the process being followed. Much like we cannot adequately prepare for a marathon solely by watching other runners or get stronger just by thinking about it, we must put in the work. We must create and abide by the correct habits that lead us to the desired outcomes. The focus are the habits that push you closer to God and moving away from…

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