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Am I in danger of complacency?

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. These waterfalls have more water flowing over them than any other around the globe. As water falls over 165 feet to the river below, it is a showing of power, beauty, and unique creation. The natural wonder draws visitors from all corners of the earth each and every year. Many of those people have dreamt of seeing the …

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I want to know Christ

English seems so lazy at times, doesn’t it? One word can have such a range of meaning. Someone may ask, “do you like football?” but in their inflection, you can tell that they have a level of excitement that goes beyond the casual “like” for it. And the other can respond, “yeah, I like it.” with an almost disinterested tone. It’s the same word, but vastly different meanings. The word …

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Letters to my kids – part two (Mila)

Earlier this year, I posted a letter to my oldest kid, Jackson. As I said then, I love the idea of writing letters to my children. I know that they can’t read yet, but I’m hopeful that I can communicate my hopes for them and the ways that I am praying for them as they grow. I’m hopeful that they will be able to look back on these letters in next seasons of …

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What would you ask for?

“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What would you say if the One who is sovereign over everything told you to ask for anything? What would be the first answer that comes to your mind? What would your answer say about the condition of your heart? King Solomon was invited to answer God in this – to ask Him for whatever he wanted to be given. In 1 Kings 3:4-9 we read of this invitation by …

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Worship Is A Reaction

Do you remember, in grade school, learning about these mythological gods from past civilizations? The ancient Greeks, whose names are familiar to us because we still name stuff after them, had a ton of “gods” – seemingly one for each aspect or domain of life. Poseidon, god of the sea. Hermes, god of travel, trade, and communication. Dionysus, god of wine, parties, and festivals. Demeter, god of grain, agriculture, and the …

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Letters to my kids – part one (Jackson)

I love the idea of writing letters to my kids. I know that they can’t read yet, but I’m able to express my thoughts, prayers, and desires for them now in a way that, when they are older, they can look back on and understand. I hope that they will grasp that, as they’ve grown, I’ve been praying for them and wanting the absolute best for them. When Jackson was …

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Why I love family traditions

I LOVE FAMILY TRADITIONS. I know I’m wired with a particular inclination toward them, but I honestly wish them for every family. I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile now, and have been trying to figure out how I can share how much I love the joy and fun that comes out of these traditions without sounding like I’m prescribing our specific traditions. Not everyone wants to trek out …

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The reset after craziness

By far the most hectic time of year for me is the lead up to Christmas. It slowly starts to ramp up in summer, but I really start to feel it in late October to early November. We put a lot of effort into the Christmas season at our church, and the closer we get, the more of my time, energy, and focus is pulled toward those efforts. In December, …

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Feeling distant?

The past couple months, I’ve had conversations with a few people who each said they feel like God is really far away, or is just so silent in their lives. The reasons for why varied from person to person – some were saying they felt like that on a particular day. They had come to church and just couldn’t engage – it all felt forced and as if they were just …

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Lessons from falling off a roof

I’m about to tell you a story from the other day – a totally bozo move that I made. And you don’t need to feel compelled to inform me of how stupid, dangerous, or absent-minded it was. I know. You also don’t need to remind me of how thankful I should be that it wasn’t more serious. I know…really, I know. I’m aware of how dumb what I’m about to tell …