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Significance During the Quarantine Olympics

"We all suffer from time-confusion. We also suffer from significance-confusion. We know our lives are short, yet we all find this hard to actually believe. We intrinsically know that our lives are significant, yet sinful pride causes us to want to measure our significance, not by God's gracious endowment, but by other people's admiration. We… Continue reading Significance During the Quarantine Olympics

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The Choice To Rejoice

“Christmas, in this age, doesn’t guarantee merry and bright. Not yet. But it does promise that merriness and brightness are breaking in. Christmas, at its best, gives us a peek of the uncompromised joy that is coming, and as we glimpse it, even from afar, we have a foretaste. Like the apostle Paul, and the… Continue reading The Choice To Rejoice

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Influencers

"There will not come a day when you will have "arrived" and become perfect in your flesh. Only Jesus is perfect. There race for perfection is a never-ending pursuit, but the race toward Jesus is a never-ending joy. Gretchen Saffles, Redefined I saw a little story about this Belgian couple named Camille and Jean who… Continue reading Influencers

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The Real Deal

"The challenge before us then, is not merely to do what God says because He is God, but to desire what God says because He is good. The challenge is not merely to pursue righteousness, but to prefer righteousness. The challenge is to get up in the morning and prayerfully meditate on the Scriptures until… Continue reading The Real Deal

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The Beauty of Smallness

"If you must choose between Bible and breakfast, choose Bible, and grab an energy bar. Then plan better. Man shall not live by bread alone." John Piper This really made me chuckle, but if you know anything about John Piper, he is not kidding about that breakfast bar. He wrote an entire book about not wasting your… Continue reading The Beauty of Smallness

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These Three Things

A "JOY FUELED, OBEDIENCE-FILLED, CHRIST-EXALTING LIFE..." Jaquelle Crowe I read this phrase this morning and it just popped right off the page at me. If I could articulate my deepest hearts desire, it would be that my kids grow up experiencing these three things. To be driven my a profound joy that isn't based on… Continue reading These Three Things

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Psychological Shots

"A German philosopher many years ago said something to the effect that the more a man has in his own heart the less he will require from the outside; excessive need for support from without is proof of the bankruptcy of the inner man. The average man has no central core of moral assurance, no… Continue reading Psychological Shots

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First World Easter

Easter week. Holy Week. My favorite holiday and my favorite celebration. In the same way we observe advent, I think the time before Easter deserves our attention and willingness to quiet ourselves to hear with clear minds the story that changed everything. Our lives are not very conducive to this message, however, and the gospel… Continue reading First World Easter

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Joy Is Our Default Setting

We behaved with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God. 2 Corinthians 1:12 November days can be dreary. The world seems like a foggy and grey place as well. The past few days we find ourselves in a familiar cycle of shock, sadness and general confusion. We dig… Continue reading Joy Is Our Default Setting

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All You Can Eat Buffet… Jesus Style

"Unless you are convinced that in the blood of Jesus when He died on the cross there was included, as a purchase of that blood, your right to a full, Spirit-filled life - unless you are convinced of that, unless you are convinced that it isn't an added, unusual, extra, deluxe something that you have… Continue reading All You Can Eat Buffet… Jesus Style