Broken Things

I love home shows where a design expert will take something broken, out of style, ready for the trash bin and repurpose it into something wonderful for the room!  Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? Seriously, we are all broken in some way - physically, emotionally, spiritually.  But if you have any doubt that Jesus is the ultimate design expert, just look at the people He hand-picked to be His ...

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You CAN Change the World

If you're like me, you can tend to believe that it's impossible for you personally to change the world.  I mean, I've never written a book. Heck, I've never even written a song.  I haven't started a charitable foundation. Wait, I haven't even set up a GoFundMe account for someone! BUT, I'm wrong.  We CAN change the world. It starts with one small act of love.  Love changes everything. You can ...

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Brave Surrender

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.” New Living Translation The word ‘surrender’ makes us uncomfortable and it is probably not the first word that comes to mind at Christmas! We associate surrender with loss, quitting or throwing in the towel. No one wants to put their hands up in the air, wave the ...

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Christmas Traditions

What’s your family’s favorite Christmas Tradition? That’s a question I always ask in artist interviews around this time of year. Mark Hall, of Casting Crowns, gave me one that is absolutely theft worthy. When his children were younger, he started the Christmas Tradition of hiding pieces of their Nativity Set. The family would then search for the pieces like an Easter Egg Hunt! Here’s where it gets really creative: whatever piece you find, you ...

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Love Has Come

"I'll wait with you at the hospital." "I want to see your performance." "I'll come hang out with you." There's magic in those three statements, don't you think?  The gift of your presence is a treasure, especially in a world that values independence, and where we know more people via social media than face-to-face. One of my favorite themes at Christmastime is the fact that Jesus was called, Emmanuel, which means, "God with us." ...

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Day by Day

My 14-year-old, very perceptive son, Elijah, remarked after my mother, his grandmother, passed just a few months ago. “ Dad, how can you be so strong?” His question came from his observation of my attitude and actions during the illness leading up to and death of my mother. While everyone was weeping over the loss of Mother, my mind was focused solely on getting My Dad and family comforted and ...

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Holding on to Hope

Two weeks ago today we were waking up to hear the tragic news about Las Vegas.  It took our breath away, broke our hearts and if you're like me, caused you to question, "why?" Why did one person feel so much hate toward innocent people, many of them splurging on a trip and concert to celebrate big life events, anniversaries, Birthdays, etc.? What happened Sunday October 1st sent a lot of us ...

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Appreciate Your Pastor!

If you’re a parent, and especially a parent of multiple children, you know what an exhausting, thankless job it can be. It seems like someone’s always upset, complaining, or just plain whining about something. And it almost seems like the kids get together and coordinate their timing so you don’t get much of a rest period. But hopefully, at least one day a year when Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day ...

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One Brick At A Time

After battling stage four breast cancer for a year, my 80 year old mother passed away. I know death is a part of life but it still feels a little surreal. For as long as I can remember, she would send an email and it would be waiting in my inbox every morning. I would always respond briefly and then go about my work day. When we found out about a year ...

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