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January 9, 2017

Twenty-One Days of Fasting

I love that we have a chance to renew ourselves each new year. Like many others, we are in the middle of twenty-one days of fasting and prayer. During this time everyone is encouraged to eliminate things that keep us from focusing on Christ. I've already built the habit of fasting from food and praying into my weekly routine, so…
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Time Travel
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April 13, 2016

Is Time Travel Possible?

I know I'm not alone in my fascination with time travel. I'm a sucker for most any movie that works it into the plot. I like to imagine what it would be like to go back in time, and there are a couple things I'd love to alter if given the chance. Namely, when I stuck a potato popper on my face in sixth grade and sported a perfectly circular hickey for the next week and that time I told a pastor over the phone that I no longer believed in God because I was convinced it was my friend from college pranking me with a "job offer". The bad news is that it's impossible to physically travel through time. Even…
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March 25, 2016

The Presence of God

Today we remember the sacrifice of Christ. As I consider Good Friday, I'm struck by what Jesus endured on the cross. The agony of the cross wasn't limited to pain and death. Nor is it solely about him carrying the weight of our sin. It was also the end game of that sacrifice — becoming sin and the separation from God's presence. It was the…
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God's Grace
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March 14, 2016

God’s Grace isn’t Served A La Carte

Humility has been the recurring topic of the week. A guest speaker shared about it at church and our pastor had some great thoughts online about it as well. There are so many aspects of humility that it makes it hard to really pinpont which areas of life need it the most. Self-inspection can easily lead down a path of…
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November 16, 2015

Reflections

It's funny how often you see something once your attention is turned to it. Most frequently for me it happens with the time - 12:34pm. I don't know if there's some special significance to that time, but I see it over and over again. I'm guessing at some point in the future I will discover it's Matthew McConaughey trying to…
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October 29, 2015

Defining Ministry

A big takeaway from the SALT conference was the affirmation of creative ministry as actual ministry. I've been a staff pastor in two churches, but in addition to that, I've also held roles that are primarily administrative and creative. Over the years I've been surprised at the number of people who try to diminish the value of those non-traditional ministerial roles. Most…
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October 28, 2015

Confidence and Confirmation

For years I've said, "Trust God with what you know and He will take care of the unknown." I've always believed that if you take action on the things you know you're supposed to do, then your obedience aligns your direction no matter how unknown the future may appear to be. Proverbs tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your…
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October 1, 2015

Raw Prayer

Last month our boys had some tummy trouble and had the runs for close to two weeks. When I found out a friend of mine was facing the same issue since returning from Africa, I told Elliot one afternoon that my friend had the same problem. Later that night before bed Elliot told me, "I told God" that he, Quinn, and…
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June 20, 2015

Daniel Talked to God

We pray with the boys every night, and a few times over the years we've read "Daniel talks to God" from the Bible for toddlers. It's funny how even the simplest stories in the Bible can have such profound implications for us today. Back in the day I remember hearing in church about how the world was getting worse. There was always…
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June 17, 2015

Painting a Pretty Picture

Art portrays humanity in a way that few mediums can.  A painting can illustrate both the complexity and simplicity of life with its flaws and triumphs.  There's no shame in the imperfections because they illustrate the whole story... the whole truth. Many times in leadership we try to "paint a pretty picture" of situations in the hope that others will…
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June 16, 2015

Universal Sin

In writing to the Romans, Paul uses the first three chapters to establish a case for universal sin. The essence of it is captured in Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Paul presents a number of sinful scenarios in the first chapter. Some are commonly used in Christian circles as the basis…
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June 13, 2015

Make a Difference

One of the most commonly overused phrases is "make a difference in the world." It's a moving statement with broad implications, but it offers little direction. If you're looking for a place to start, engage in some introspection. A little may go a long way. To make a difference in the world you have to make differences in your life. How…
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June 10, 2015

Not Ashamed

Today's Bible reading from 29plans came from Romans 1. Paul is writing while in Corinth roughly the same year he is later imprisoned in Caesarea and 2-3 years before he is placed under house arrest in Rome. Despite the threats and violence he has faced up to this point, he still writes that he is eager to preach the gospel in Rome. The…
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June 8, 2015

Forgiveness and The Sixth Sense

Do you remember The Sixth Sense? It was when M. Night Shyamalan made good movies back in 1999. *Spolier Alert* (Are these necessary 16 years later?) Do you remember your reaction when Bruce Willis realizes he's dead?  My mind immediately tried to recall every previous scene of the entire movie viewing it now through the lens of this new-found knowledge. It changed…
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June 7, 2015

Leadership Defined

Have you noticed how everyone is a leader now? In many businesses and churches there is an emphasis on turning employees or members into leaders.  Then when everyone has become a leader, we create leaders of leaders.  It's a model that has served many well, but can be limited in scope... especially from a biblical perspective. One of my favorite…
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