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He Forgets?

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We all have shame for things we did in the past. Everyone has made mistakes that they are embarrassed, or possibly even horrified, to admit. We each have a past, and for some of us, that past never leaves the present. We think about it all the time, playing the video in our head over and over...

Not What I Wanted

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The Christmas of 1988, my parents and I went to a party with some friends from the neighborhood. After a nice dinner together, it was time to open the presents. The toy of choice that year for young boys was a Transformer. If you aren’t familiar with the original Transformers, then I am...

I'm Going to Heaven…

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It’s been said that you can’t take it with you when you go. Some joke that they have never seen a trailer hitched to a hearse. The Bible says it more poetically: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the...

Good All The Time

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“God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” I remember hearing this classic saying growing up in my tiny church in Washington, Illinois. As a young Christian, I used to think this sounded very cliché. Over time, I have come to greatly appreciate this...

Have You Asked?

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A quick read of the gospels, and you will notice that Jesus performs some pretty cool miracles: healing the blind, casting out demons, even raising the dead. Jesus does some amazing things, but did you know that his first recorded miracle was at a wedding, where the party planner didn’t...

It's Better to Receive…

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Five years ago, my car broke down. I mean, totally broke down. It wasn’t drivable or fixable. As a family, we try to avoid debt as much as possible, but we had no money to buy a used car. I knew we were in big trouble as a family and needed to make some tough decisions. In the midst of us...

It Has Nothing To Do With You

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A murderer, a thief, a habitual sin issue, a long-term addiction. How can a loving God forgive a person like that? Most Christians have asked a question similar to this at some point. Growing up, I struggled with sexual purity, as most young men do. It was a challenge for me to think rightly...

The Words That Gave Me Life

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The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. — Proverbs 18:21 We can all think of a conversation that was formative in shaping us. Maybe it was the teacher who saw something special in us and called it out. Or possibly it was the boss who...

What Really Matters

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What really matters in this life? Does the job promotion matter? Does the lower golf handicap matter? Does the lake house, the degree or the new car matter? Throughout the centuries mankind has struggled to figure out what really matters in this life. We have all seen the effects of a poor...

What Are You Fighting For?

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Fights in marriage are inevitable. If a couple isn’t fighting, then they likely aren’t communicating. Lindsay and I started dating in the summer of 2008 and, like most couples, we didn’t fight much when we first started dating. I assumed this was due to our amazing...


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