Would You Rather?

Would you rather… be known as nice or loving?  This question was asked in a daily devotional I was reading by Pastor Rodney Hunt.  It made me take an assessment. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being nice to people.  That’s a good thing.  But it’s pretty simple and tidy.  And I have to admit part of my motivation to be nice is really based on my desire to be liked. Being ...

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God Moments

Does it ever seem like you go through day-to-day life, feeling pretty small. Pretty insignificant. Pretty non-important. I have been there too! But here is the truth. God didn’t create you to be small. The one who made the universe and all of the galaxies beyond our wildest imaginations also made…YOU! There are no ‘extra people’. Everyone has a purpose and is a part of God’s grand plan! Yes, sitting in traffic, packing ...

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Love Is In The Air

So, this week we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Maybe I’m just an old fuddy-duddy, but I’ve just always seen Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark holiday…celebrated to help card and candy makers make more money between Christmas and Easter. Fortunately, my wife Kathy feels the same way, so we’ve never been ones to make February 14th any more special than any other day. (yes guys, she’s an AWESOME wife!) I thought about this ...

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A Broken Heart

Have you ever had a broken heart? That question may bring back memories of a crush in elementary school or a special someone you loved in high school.  Of course, you can get "broken" from more than someone you loved deeply no longer being in your life.  It could be brokenness from a past mistake, someone who purposely hurt you in a life-changing way, or an unfulfilled dream. But there's hope;  God ...

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Where’s My Shoes

Life can be so crazy sometimes!  As a mom of three very active boys, it's run here and run there. "Mom...where's my shoes?!" Well, I found one of them in an half hour!  There is too much to do!  With the craziness of my day, it is so nice to have the refuge of Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God."  We can draw close and our ...

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Feel The Love

My niece Annie’s wedding invitation included a well-loved verse on love: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV) I was having a hard day ...

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Our Word for 2017

Every December I reach out to God through prayer and Bible study to see what God wants my wife Donna, my boys and myself to focus on in the coming year, so that we can better walk out the next year in stride with how He wants us to both tap into more of who He is and respond to the goals and challenges of the coming year with His ...

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Our Secret Weapon

In this new year, let us not forget about our secret weapon! We are playing a new song by Natalie Grant on The Fish that I love, love, LOVE because is sums up how, a lot of times, we forget how really BIG God is. How could I make you so small When you're the one who holds it all? When did I forget that you've always been the king of ...

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Putting Away the Christmas Decorations

Is there anything sadder than putting away the Christmas decorations? All of the fun, anticipation and excitement is boxed up and stored away for another year. Honestly, it is one of my least favorite of all of the items on the ‘honey-do-list’! Now I know we can’t live in a candy cane, flying reindeer, Santa Claus world 365 days a year, but we can try to keep what really makes Christmas ...

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A Christmas Story

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them,  for this is the Law and the Prophets. - Matthew 7:12 (ESV) Jesus was constantly being tested and grilled by the religious leaders of the day.  Once, they asked Jesus what was the most important rule (commandment) to live by.  Jesus answered them by saying we must love God first in all things and with everything we are.  Jesus also ...

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