WHAT IS PURE RELIGION?

I will never forget the day a few words became more than just something you hear in church but a call to action in my life. Those life-changing words are:   “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows” (James 1:27, New International Version).   […]

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HOW DO WE TRUST GOD’S CALLING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY?

There is nothing better than sitting in front of the Christmas tree with Christmas music or a Hallmark movie playing softly in the background. We cherish the presents under the tree and give thanks for a tiny baby sent from heaven, the Messiah, who would defeat sin and death and give us freedom and life […]

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WHERE IS GOD WHEN I AM LOOKING FOR ANSWERS?

This past season of my life has been a time where I have passionately sought after God and His will for my life. I have searched for answers to questions that I thought were important to me and thus would be important to God. I have had moments of questioning God, moments of trusting God, […]

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WHY WE NEED TO BE MORE LIKE STARBUCKS

The local church can learn from Starbucks. That might come as a shock to you because these two “organizations” have foundationally different missions. However, the church can benefit from how Starbucks goes about making a cup of coffee.   The simple way to break this down is to talk about what we experience when we […]

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THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Pick a movie. Any movie. Watch 30 seconds from the middle of the movie, and tell me what the story is about based on that clip.   Impossible right?   You can’t pick up the plot of a movie from 30 random seconds. The perspective is too narrow. You miss big characters, major plot points. […]

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LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE WRONG PLACES

Tis the season for Hallmark movies, sweet jewelry commercials, and the overindulgence of Ben & Jerry’s fueled by the deep, unfulfilled longings of single people. This may be an over-exaggeration, but the Holiday’s do tend to remind those of us with a deep longing for a Gospel-centered marriage of the lack of diamonds placed on […]

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THE COMPLAIN DRAIN

Back in my church youth group days (which weren’t that long ago … yet), driving my youth leaders up a wall by complaining and challenging everything they said became my favorite pastime.   “Why are we playing wiffle ball tonight? Capture the flag is so much more fun!”   “Really?! We’re going to that stinking […]

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HIDE AND SEEK

Fear. Insecurity. Guilt. Abuse. Rejection. Physical Disabilities. Loss. Grief. Abandonment.   These are just a few of the reasons so many people hide behind a wall of  “never wanting others to know the true state of their hearts.”  Many who follow Jesus deal with the fear of being known by those in the community of […]

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ABRAHAM GO

During the month of July, I had the privilege of going to Busch Gardens in Tampa with my sister and her two oldest children. While walking around the theme park, I saw signs that read:  Hey Pokémon Trainers! Be aware of your surroundings and follow all safety guidelines and procedures, including not entering any restricted […]

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