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Do Likewise

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In 1 Samuel 3 we read about the account of the LORD revealing Himself to Samuel. Basically, Samuel is sleeping and he hears who he thinks is Eli calling his name. Three different times Samuel hears his name and gets up and runs to Eli. After the third time Eli perceives that the LORD was calling Samuel so he told him to go lie down and say to the LORD next time, "Speak, LO...

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Just like Israel

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I actually wrote this nearly two years ago, but never posted it because the Spirit prompted me not to. I've made a few edits from the original draft and I hope it is encouraging to you. Growing up in the Church I've heard the account of the children of Israel wandering in the desert for forty years probably more than forty times. I don't know if you're like me, but their ...

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Like a Game of Hot Potato

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I just finished reading a book by Francis and Lisa Chan called You and Me Forever. It's a marriage book but reads nothing like what you would think a book on marriage would be. Instead it might be the best best thing I've read on how to accomplish the mission other than the Bible. At the the very end Francis makes this statement to sum up all that they had written: "Like a...

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A Simple Plan

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If you are a follower of Jesus, it is likely that right now you are experiencing a trial of some kind. Jesus and Paul said that it would be this way. It could be various trials, sickness, fatigue, feelings of despair or hopelessness, grieving for the loss of a loved one, persecution, the effects of someone else's sin or maybe even your own. These things happen in this worl...

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"I Hold You in My Heart"

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I got about ten minutes into my day this morning when a really scary, and sadly, all too common thought hit my mind. Every thought I had up to that point was only about me. I hadn't thought about my wife, or my kids, and even though I was about to open up my Bible, I hadn't considered God either. My mind was already consumed with how every situation in the day was going to...

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For Such a Time as This

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This morning I read Chapter 4 of Esther. The book is interesting because God is not mentioned once in the book, yet His presence and sovereignty is seen all throughout. You know the story. Mordecai, a Jewish exile, ticks off a man named Haman who is high in the King's court. Haman really doesn't like Mordecai or the Jews and enacts a dastardly plot to have all of them kill...

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Precious in the Sight of the LORD

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July 18th is an awkward day for me to say the least. It is my birthday, but it also happens to be the day that my dad passed away. I hesitated to write about it, but my wife said that maybe someone would be encouraged by it. I am hoping that is the case because despite being one of the hardest moments of my life it is also a reminder of one of the kindest things the LORD h...

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Grace Upon Grace

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I was reading about Paul and Barnabas in Acts 14 today. Here's how the account begins: "Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed." Acts 14:1 The phrase "spoke in such a way" stood out to me. What was this "way?" Whatever it was, it was effective because allot of Jews and Gr...

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I Need Jesus

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Learning to walk as Jesus walked is hard. I don't just mean emotionally hard, but physically hard. I hope you know what I mean by that. My present circumstances are forcing me to realize something I desperately need to understand: I need Jesus. More and more I desire to have meaningful, Spirit led conversations with my co-workers and students. I need Jesus. I want to love ...

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A Blog About Nothing and Everything

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So a little bit ago I whined to my wife and said "I'm supposed to be blogging but I don't have anything to say." She responded with "Why don't you write about that?" I laughed and began brushing my teeth and started thinking "that's not a bad idea." After all, there is a pretty catchy song out right now called Just say Jesus. Part of the lyrics go "When you don't know what...

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What is My Real Worldview?

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Does anyone remember the 90s song by Audio Adrenaline titled My Worldview? The chorus went like this: My world viewit's how I see the worldit's how I look at youMy world viewit's how I see the worldwould you like to see it to?My world view Our worldview is the lens through which we see life. It's what shapes our attitudes and actions. Every person regardless of wheth...

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The Gospel is Growing

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If you're anything like me you might be prone to looking at the current condition of our country with fear, frustration, contempt, and cynicism. It is pretty easy to do. The economy seems to get worse every day. The news is full of stories of children being abused and even killed by their own parents. Families are breaking apart every day. The culture is inundated with por...

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The Encouragement Dare

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After many years leading the 5th and 6th grade group my wife and I took a pay bump, which includes free half donuts at the Common Grounds cafe (beat out HEbrews) to lead the newly formed 4th and 5th grade group. From the beginning we have tried to stress to the kids that we are a group and not a class. I was encouraged that this concept may have a chance of sticking when E...

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The Three R's

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Last week I was struggling to have the right perspective of my circumstances. So, I decided to ask my 5th grade class what they do when they are struggling in life. I explained to them that people usually do one of three things. Some people try to escape their problem, some try to ignore the problem, while others will attack the problem. I asked them to talk about which on...

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Determine to Love

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I am finishing up reading a book titled Broken-Down House by Paul David Tripp. One of the last Chapters is titled Determine to Love. Below is my "book report" on part of the chapter. Tripp uses 1 John 4:9-11 to help us understand what love really is and what it practically means for us to love others. I have added verses 7 and 8 as well, below. It reads. Beloved, let us ...

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David, Friend of Sinners

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I'm sure there are quite a few reasons why David was called "a man after God's own heart" but I came across a verse recently that really struck me. It wasn't just God who recognized his heart. 1 Samuel 22:2 says "And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them. And there w...

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At My Right Hand

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Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me;because He is at my right hand, I shallnot be shaken. This is one of my favorite verses. I read it again this morning in my time with the LORD. I have taught my three older sons to memorize it. They put their hands straight out as they say "I have set the LORD always before me;." As they say the next line "because He is at ...

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I Should Have Read Proverbs This Morning

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Today, I didn't do a very good job of being a dad. There are lots of ways I messed up but I'll just tell you about one of them and how it all might have been avoided if my son and I had read and applied Proverbs 10 this morning. One of my sons directly disobeyed me when he decided to do what he wanted instead of what I had told him to do. He should have had this on his bra...

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The Best Testimony

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At some time after you became a Christian, you were probably challenged to work on your testimony just in case you have the opportunity to share it. This is really good. Paul tells us to "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season." Likewise, Peter challenges believers to always be "prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that...

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Tears in a Bottle?

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When was the last time you cried out to God? I mean literal crying with actual tears. I'll be honest up front. I'm a crier. I'm not saying this is good or bad. Some would probably say it makes me less of a man and some would say it's good for a dude to cry every now and then. David said in Psalm 30:2 "O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me." Was thi...

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He Must Increase

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At the end of John Chapter 3 there is a neat little scene that takes place between John the Baptist and a few of his disciples. John's disciples get a little hacked off because people are leaving John and flocking to Jesus to be baptized. John's response to his disciples is basically "I already told you guys that I'm not the Christ." He tells them again that Jesus is the M...

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Choose Life

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On Tuesday nights my wife and I meet with a couple that God has blessed us with. My friend Kevin likes to sing and does it out loud (often). This last Tuesday he was singing the words to a song that I hadn't heard in awhile. All I picked up on was the line "let it be said of us." It was bugging me a lot this week that I couldn't remember the words to the song, so I finally...

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Sweet Talk

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I actually had most of this entry typed and ready to go a few days ago, but on the advice of my wife and the Holy Spirit (sometimes those are eerily similar) I decided not to. I had written the beginning and then deleted it. What was left my wife said "just didn't sound like me." It just didn't work because the intro was missing. In the intro there was (and is) a part abou...

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You Can't Go Your Own Way

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Fleetwood Mac wrote a catchy tune called "You can go your own way" sometime in the 70s. Going your own way is something that seems like a pretty good idea. I'm sure there were thousands of school assemblies just this year with motivational speakers telling kids to have a dream and go for it (I know because I've sat through a few in my day!). It feels so right to go with yo...

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How I'm Fighting For JOY

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John Piper wrote a book called "When I don't desire God: How to Fight for Joy." To be honest, I've never finished the book, but that title has always stuck out to me....How to Fight for Joy. It seems like those two things, fighting and joy, are opposites. I've been realizing more and more lately, however, that this is one of those paradoxes of following Jesus. I am natural...

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The Full Moon and God's Love

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Tonight I noticed that there is a full moon in the sky. For me, there is something very comforting about a full moon. It reminds me that God is still God. God is the one who is in control of all of my circumstances and even though I don't always FEEL like it, God loves me. I think David may have had this in mind when he said this in Psalm 8:3-4 "When I look at your heaven...

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Hear, O Sons

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First off, I want to apologize for something I said in my last post. I mentioned that "any good Christian" reads Proverbs every day. This was actually a weak attempt at humor. I realized after that some who don't know me may have taken it as arrogance. Please forgive me if I offended you. Thanks A friend reminded me recently that Proverbs 1 though 7 is basically a convers...

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What Does God Really Enjoy?

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It's actually kind of weird to think about God enjoying anything in the way that we understand it. I enjoy watching a good football game, eating really good food, and spending time with my wife(I should score points for this). However, when I think about it nothing gives me more joy than seeing my kids run up to me and say "Daddy", when they do something they know I want t...

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Little Fishermen

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There is nothing more dear to my heart than my children learning to love God and fear Him. I know that this desire is Godly, but I also know that my desire for my kids to love God can easily become an idol. I keep that thought in mind as I write this.I have been a professional teacher for the past 10 years. I have spent significant amounts of time around kids from Kinderga...

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