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2 Lies about Joy and Peace (and 2 Truths!)

Do you want more joy and peace in your life? Who doesn’t, right? I’ve never heard anyone say, “You know, I could use a little less joy,” or “I’ll pass on this whole peace stuff.” No. We long for joy and peace. We search for it, crave it, and desire it. Also, we don’t want it in moderation, rather, we …

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3 Simple Steps to Start a Blog

Over the last week, I’ve had several people ask about how to start a blog or website. So I thought I’d write a quick post to help people out. Here’s the thing. It’s not rocket science. If I can do it, you can do it. My background is not in web design, IT, or coding.  I’m not even sure how …

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Who’s Really in Control of Your Life?

If I were to hop on on the counseling couch I’d have to confess, I like control.  Better yet, I like to be in control. Now before you label me some weirdo control freak, let me explain. In some form or fashion, we all like to be in control.  I say this because for most people, being out of control …

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3 Overlooked Reasons Your Prayers Should Always Include Praise.

  My wife and I are old school.  We try really hard to teach our three daughters their manors.  We believe saying “please” and “thank you” are little signs of maturity and respect. Our two-year old has lately been in the habit of saying, “Give me…”  Actually it comes out more like, “Gimme…” “Gimme water.  Gimme barbie doll. Gimee up …

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What Happens When You Wait?

Usually, when I find myself waiting it appears as though nothing is happening. When you’re waiting on the stoplight, you’re not driving. When you’re waiting on the kids, you’re not leaving. When you’re waiting on the food, you’re not eating. Sure, these common every day waiting experiences may not seem like much, but other times waiting is a much more difficult …

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I’m Hangry!

I get Hangry.  No that’s not a typo.  Every now and then I experience a well-known phenomenon known as being “hangry.” Hangry is defined as being irritable as a result of being hungry.  For me hanger happens when I miss lunch and dinner can’t get here soon enough. You know what satisfies being hangry?  Food.  100% of the time when …

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4 Ways to Draw Near to God

Why is it when a child gets scared in the middle of the night, he/she wants to crawl into bed with mommy and daddy? It seems like every other night about 2am Erin and I welcome a little munchkin into our bed. I guess when your kids are ages 7, 4, and 2, there’s a good chance that one of …

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Do You Struggle With Doubt?

So…you doubt the resurrection? That’s OK, so did the disciples…at least at first. After hearing the report that Jesus was alive, many of the disciples struggled with doubt. Matthew’s account says, “…some were doubtful.” Matthew 28:17 Mark’s account says, “…they refused to believe it.” Mark 16:11 Luke’s account says, “…it appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe …

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The Weight of Sin/The Weight of Love

This week as we move towards Easter, our hearts and minds become reflective of the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to cover our sins. Resurrection Sunday is a day of celebration.  Our Savior is risen!  He is alive! But the only reason we can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus is because three days before was the death of Jesus. The truth that …

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Do You Need Some Foundation Work?

Erin and I visited ground zero in New York several years ago. Foundation work of the new One World Trade Center was under way and was mind boggling to see.  It was nothing like the one I built for a shed in my backyard (out of square and unleveled). The foundation work at ground zero was tedious, it took months, and …