A Heart to Heart With Dad

“Strike two!” The umpire yells. I just want to get on base for once. “Wait for the pitch,” the coach yells. I try to restrain myself, but I can’t hold back on the next pitch. I swing and feel the ball clip the bat, then rise toward the sky.

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Driving Out Our Creation

Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” – Luke 19:46-47 (NASB) The point where faith intersects our life. At what point does our life of creating […]

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Constructing Silence

The house, while it was being built, was built of stone prepared at the quarry, and there was neither hammer nor axe nor any iron tool heard in the house while it was being built. – 1 Kings 6:7 (NASB) If you’ve been by an active construction site, you know there is usually noise coming […]

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The Art of Betrayal

There is a lot about the betrayal of Jesus that we should learn from in our walk with Jesus to help prevent us from stumbling. Luke 22:3-6 gives us insight into the process of the betrayal. Verse 3 tells us, “And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the […]

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An Encounter Driven by Suffering

It just didn’t seem right to have to put up with it. Her medical condition affected so much of her life. She spent all she had on doctors, seeking a cure — even just some relief, but none was found. Now after twelve years it seemed hopeless. Except…there was that man she heard about. Some […]

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The Tension in Your Life

The rope tightens; there is no more slack. You pull as hard as you can in your direction, but something pulls in the opposite direction. You fight it, not giving in, pulling with every last bit of strength you have left. You feel the tug from the other side, but you resist. Your body weakens […]

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A Clear Conscience

In Hebrews 9, Paul wrote about the old covenant and how the high priest annually offered a sacrifice “for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance (verse 7).” Paul added, “This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear […]

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Perseverance in God’s Triathlon

Recently I had an opportunity to listen to a briefing for Iron Man competitors the day before the race. This particular race Included more than 70 miles of swimming, biking and running. What I found interesting about the briefing was the detailed route and rules racers were required to follow. Deviating from either would get […]

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Impatient With God

What do you do when things are not going how you want them to? It seems life just isn’t going your way. The things you hope for and desire are unfulfilled and feel as if they will never come to fruition. It seems God has forgotten you. The Israelites suffered from this same anxious feeling. […]

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