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Proclaiming My Love

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My wife and I were married on July 25, 2009. It was the greatest day of my life; the jury is still out for my wife. She has always been way out of my league. She is prettier, smarter and funnier. Well, that’s not true. She isn’t funnier than me, but she is prettier and smarter. I...

A Knock at the Door

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Saturday morning, around 10 a.m., there was a knock at our door. Neither my wife nor I were expecting anyone, so we did what most people under the age of 40 do: we freaked out. We told our daughters to be quiet, raced to turn off lights, and quickly reviewed if the garage door was closed. We...

Your Best or the Rest?

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Does God get the best or the rest? The first story recorded after the fall of Adam and Eve is actually a story of the first-ever family feud. In Genesis 4, we are told the story of Cain and Abel and the sacrifices they bring to God. Both men bring an offering to God but only one offering is...

God’s Voice is Found in God’s Word

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The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.— John 10:3-4 I love the passage of scripture that talks about Jesus as the Great Shepherd and how the sheep hear his voice and follow him. The language is so poetic...

Grace Alone

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I am pastor, a child of God, and I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for over 30 years, so this is hard for me to admit. If I am honest, however, I have a difficult time accepting that salvation is free. I have never liked giveaways or freebies. Something for nothing just doesn’t seem...

A Harsh Truth

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“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” — Matthew 12:30 A person who doesn’t confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is an enemy of God and is destined for hell. A harsh truth, but a truth nonetheless. Some see...

Stepping Out

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Do you remember that story in the Bible where the disciples are going across the sea of Galilee, and Jesus is seen walking on water? The disciples are freaked out because they have no idea who or what is coming towards them. At first, they assume it is a ghost. Immediately, Jesus reveals himself...

He Fit the Description

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“To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”— Acts 10:43 Jesus is the Messiah. Amen! But have you ever wondered, “How did people in the first century know that Jesus was the Messiah? What made...

The Gift of Pain

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“Pain demands the attention that is crucial to my recovery.”— Philip Yancey Several months after the tragic events of 9/11, I found myself in a Barnes & Noble, looking for some type of answers to that horrific event. I remember asking the age-old question: Why do bad...

Trust Your Guide

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Several years ago, my wife and I were invited by one of her former students to go flying in her dad's airplane, a small twin-engine plane that he used mainly for regional flying. So Lindsay and I checked our schedule — which was pretty wide open before having kids — found a free...

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