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Beauty vs. Ugly

If I was going to come right out and say it without any flowery words, I would say God cares more about what you reflect than how you feel. God created you as a masterpiece to reflect the diverse wonder of His beauty and the majestic goodness of ...

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Falling Winter

I hope you are having a great week and feeling a sense of joy and wonder at the imminence of the winter season. But in case you are not, I thought I would share a poem I wrote as I spent time with Jesus a few nights ago. Falling winter has ...

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Hollow and Shallow

There is no catalyst for behavior correction like a police car pulling up behind your car. Bam. We all put on our brakes, whether we’re going the speed limit or not. We all fasten our seat belts quickly, whether they're already fastened or not. And we...

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Keep Looking for the Image of God

Last Monday night, my super rad wife and I went to Brophy College Preparatory to listen to one of my super rad wife’s heroes speak on the topic “Theology in the City.” I know that probably sounds super boring, but ...

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Can You Feel the Joy?

I am so proud of our Living Streams family. I know we are not the biggest, hippest, or even best church in town. But my heart wells up with steady joy as I see us step further into our potential. In the past few months, I have watched us excel...

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Overcome Evil with Good

Today is the third day since we saw an intense display of violent evil in Las Vegas. This is another grotesque, infuriating, and heart-wrenching act in human history which is riddled with war and hate. It has...

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Why Do We Preach?

Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16 I remember the first time I preached a sermon. I was 17 years old. I was in something called The School of inistry at Applegate Christian Fellowship. I was one of twenty ...

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A Marvelous Creation of God

Hundreds of people gathered around food-filled tables —smiling, laughing, getting to know each other, and talking about life. Kids running around the same tables, also smiling, laughing and ...

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The Transforming Power of Giving

David Stockton is celebrating his 40th birthday with his brothers, cousin, and a couple of old friends on a beautiful island this week. I hope he gets a refreshing break, and as well as prayer and ...

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September - Finally!

Ahhh September. Cooler weather. (I wrote cooler, not cold.) College football. (Yes, I like college better than pro.) And best of all, my birthday. Also, for those of us living in Phoenix it's a huge sign of achievement to see that calendar flip from August...

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