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The Meaning of the Metaphor

Christians say some crazy sounding things. In my sermon last Sunday I said, “to be a Christian is to be the bride of Christ, pregnant with the kingdom of heaven.” See? That sounds crazy—especially if you're a dude! But if you’ve read your Bible, walked with Jesus for a while, and been to a...

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Old Christians Never Die

Old Christians never die...they just get more radical. My dad used to have a shirt that said, “Old skiers never die…they just get more radical.” It was an embarrassing, brightly colored, 80's style shirt and he wore it all the time. He liked the shirt because he loved to ski and he knew that, since he was in his 40’s, we, his three sons, thought he...

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Grace and Peace

Here are a couple of thoughts about grace and peace… First for grace… Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing and I responded like this: “Things are good for the most part; but with the addition of our new foster kids, I feel like Brit and I have been pushed to the outer edge of God’s grace again.” We have...

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It Feels Like the Book of Acts is Happening

There I was, walking down the road, following my GPS to the creek. I reached a gate that blocked where my GPS was pointing me. I now had to decide if trespassing was worth it or not. Now you have to understand, it would just be a ...

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And Now, Something a Little Different

Though the heat is still on in Phoenix, summer break is over for my family and we are already moving on. This week two of my daughters started school, one of my daughters started volleyball camp, and we now have two boys fresh ...

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The Message is Simple

It still blows my mind every time I think it through: Right now my brain sends signals to my finger muscles, and they move my fingertips in a way that strike specific keys at sequential moments, producing signals within my computer. Those signals travel to the motherboard, which ...

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Soul and Spirit

Does it feel intimidated and unsure, or steady and strong? There are a few surefire things that cause my spirit to feel steady and strong. First, when my spirit connects to the All-Powerful Spirit of the Living God through prayer, my spirit is enlivened and empowered. Second,...

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What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

Hello again! I hope your summer is off to a great start. Through a series of fortunate events, my family was able to spend the beginning of summer road-tripping Italy. All I can really say about it is, WOW!” Wow! because my eyes can hardly drink in ...

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When Bad Things Happen

There are some big questions out there that we all wrestle with from time to time. Will a team in the West, other than the Warriors, make to the NBA Finals? Will a team in the East, without Lebron, make it to the NBA Finals? Can a number one draft pick ...

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O Humanity

O Humanity Drenched with the image of God Crowned with glory from above Capable of the greatest—love Yet, Broken by a great fall Broken by the brokenness of all Broken in every way imaginable This week I spent time with some young Belizeans who have come to Phoenix to enjoy what Jesus is doing ...

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