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Surrender?

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Last week I wrote about how many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-8n

And I left with you with the following questions: How do we get the Lord part as well as the Savior part? How do we know if God is Lord of our lives? Or to say it another way how do we become a Disciple? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in God's Commands

 

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Savior and Lord?

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With Christmas three weeks away our attention to turns to the birth of our Savior. Last year I wrote a series on my favorite Christmas movies and shows (here is the link to one: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-53) – this year I want to write about something that has been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks.

Have you ever noticed we want the benefits of things in our lives but not the cost? For example we want the protection of the police but not the speed trap part. We want the paycheck and benefits from our employers but not the boss’ mandates. We want to be in shape but not the exercise part. Our children want their allowance but not the chores part. The list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in God's Peace, Prayer

 

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Fill Up?

coffe cupAs I wrote about last spring Alli graduated from high school in May. As part of the baccalaureate ceremony everyone in the family was asked to write a letter to their son/daughter and then read the letter to them at the ceremony. Needless to say this was a very emotional event. Many friends had warned us Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Sweet Revenge?

revenge is sweet

Last week I wrote about resentment and forgiveness (http://wp.me/p1QSbw-7B) – this is part 2 about revenge and forgiveness.

I like to read signs outside of churches for their charming, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant messages.  Here are a few memorable ones:

  • “Free trip to Heaven; details inside”
  • “Prevent burning – get some Son protection”
  • “Life has many choices. Eternity has two. What’s yours?”
  • “Salvation: Free – Eternity in Heaven: Priceless”

One of my favorites Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in God's Forgiveness

 

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Irreconcilable Differences?

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North Point is currently doing a series on a subject we all can relate to – family. This link also has discussion questions if you want to do a study with your small group: http://www.northpoint.org/messages/future-family.

It was the 4th message that really caught my attention. In this message Andy describes a state most of us have come to at some point in our family lives – a point where we tell ourselves a lie about family – “I don’t care.”  For example: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2012 in God's Forgiveness

 

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Home Sweet Home?

Have you ever lived in a place you knew you weren’t staying long? When we first moved to Atlanta in 1993 we lived in an apartment temporarily until we could move into our house. While I loved not having a yard and house to maintain it was unsettling to know we were in a temporary situation. It was uncomfortable, it was strange, it was not where we were meant to be – it was only temporary until Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in God's Peace

 

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The Real You?

Holy Spirit

An old friend of ours was college roommates with Orel Hershiser, record-setting MLB pitcher, while at Bowling Green State University. This friend said something I think about often: “That is not the real Orel Hershiser.” What he meant was Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Slippery Slope or Slow Fade?

Sippery Slope

MLB star Josh Hamilton is a hero to many, perplexing to some, and a villain to others. You can read his incredible story here: The Fragile Brilliance of Josh Hamilton. There are a few things that stood out to me in the article Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Prayer

 

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Handicapped?

2012 olympics

Now that the Olympics are over and all the medals have been counted we as a society will crown the winners: gold medal winners in China get a $50,000 bonus; Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin are expected to be the new big endorsement winners; and of course Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps will continue to command in the 10’s of millions for their deals.

But for me, as I am sure it is for many of you, the real hero of the 2012 Olympic Games was Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in God's Plans

 

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Unanswered Prayers?

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Wytana and I met over 26 years ago and came from very different backgrounds. Wytana was from the south;  I was from the north. She was more country; I was more city. Wytana was a fan of country music (e.g. Alabama); I was a fan of rock n roll (e.g. The Cars).

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Prayer

 

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