When Life Gives You Lemons…

As you go through life, you meet many challenges, curves, and obstacles – lemons. Think how boring life would be if you never make mistakes, everything goes exactly as you want all the time, and you never encounter challenges. You may be inclined to choose to surrender and let things have negative impacts on yourself...
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Be an Encouragement!

Whom can you bless today? In our busy lives, we are sometimes able to glean encouragement from something we read. An encouraging word can come from any source, such as this quote: “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.” We can look to the Bible...
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Can’t See the Tree for the Forest

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments? A moment in time in which things come into focus?  The older I get, the more frequent those events become. Which leads me to wonder why I did not have these aha moments when I was much younger, but that is for another conversation. My latest...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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Hearing God in a Noisy World

I like music. I think I always have. When I’m working, I’m often listening to music. When I’m driving? Music. Typing up this blog entry? You guessed it, music. Music can elicit memories of time gone by. It can create hope, joy, or even sadness. I’ve heard it said, “If art is how we decorate...
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Fragile or Sturdy?

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of wonder, anticipation, and the celebration of the coming Savior. I love Christmas as much as anyone, but when it’s over, I’m ready to pull down the decorations and resume my normal schedules related to faith and work. As I was taking the decorations off the tree...
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Worship

Does your church do worship right? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  We have been through a bit of “worship wars,” and I’ve read any number of posts about why hymns are good or why modern choruses are good or why we need to use hymnals or why we need overhead projectors. Frankly, most of...
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Faithful Steps

The old saying goes, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.” How many times do we find ourselves paralyzed because we had too many options for that first step? Or even worse, it looks completely barren and empty with nothing on the horizon. My big journey of how my South Asia mission trip started,...
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Why Give Up Control?

My mom likes to tell a story about my older brother on his first day of kindergarten. She woke him up early on this monumental first day of school, got him dressed, and made breakfast. She drove him to school, and like any other mom, parked to walk him into his first day of class...
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