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Cross Jesus Life

The Power of the Cross

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 After sixteen centuries and more during which the cross has been a sacred symbol, it’s difficult to realize the unspeakable horror and loathing which the very mention or […]

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Church God's mercy Jesus Life

Kingdom of Priests

So often, especially in the US, our identity seems to get wrapped up in our possessions (homes, cars, finances, etc..) and our value is usually related to what we do (teacher, engineer, manager, etc..). But God has called us to find our worth and our purpose in our relationship with Him. He has set us apart as believers […]

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Adversity Doubt Faith Jesus Life

Doubt and Faith

There are days that I have doubts… There are days I question the goodness of God…. There are days I look around the world and wonder… As a believer in God, a follower of Christ, and especially, as a pastor, I’m sure some think I’m not supposed to have any doubts. But the reality is that, […]

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Bible Happiness Life Living

Happily Ever After…

Every fairy tale has the same formula. It begins with, “Once upon a time…” and ends with, “they lived happily ever after.” Ask almost any person what they want out of life, and they’ll most likely reply, “I just want to be happy.” As Americans, the pursuit of happiness is written into the U.S. Declaration of […]

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Adversity Jesus Life Living

Who are you?

Who am I? I work at a church as a pastor, but that’s not who I am. I am a husband and a father, but who I am is not defined by my family roles and responsibilities. I’m a huge Texas Ranger’s fan, but my identity is not wrapped up with their success or their slumps. […]

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Adversity Family Life Maturity

God planned it for good

Two boys were walking along a street when they encountered a large dog blocking the sidewalk. “Don’t be afraid,” one of the boys told his more timid friend. “Look at his tail, how it wags. When a dog wags his tail he won’t bite you.” “That may be,” admitted the other, “but look at that […]

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Family Life Marriage

Forgiving Others

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” For over 20 years, Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride, 1987) was in the revenge business. His father was a great sword-maker who worked for the king. When a six-fingered man appeared and requested a special sword, Inigo’s father took the job. He […]

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Criticism Life Maturity

Thick-skinned

Criticism seems to be a normal part of life that we never really, fully appreciate. At an early age, we try to teach our kids to accept criticism and to grow from it. We tell them to be “thick-skinned.” We explain that they should let harsh words roll off them “like water on a duck.” […]

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Family Life

Spiritual Fitness in God’s Gym

As we begin a new school year, there are so many things to keep our kids (and us) cRaZy BUSY. So let’s make sure that all the good things of homework, band rehearsals, football practices, piano lessons, etc. don’t squeeze out the most important thing – relationships – especially our relationship with God. Let’s make […]

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Faith Grace Jesus Life

You’re a piece of work!

“Well, you’re a piece of work.” Has anyone ever said that to you? It’s a sarcastic way of saying, “you’re messed up – there’s something wrong with you.”  It’s normally used of someone who is difficult to get along with on an every day basis. Perhaps, it originates from the “What a Piece of Work […]