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Need Joy? Look Here.

Need Joy? Look Here.

Have you ever heard a baby laugh? Not just giggle, but full on laugh out loud with that tiny little voice? There is something so absolutely pure and innocent about that. That...

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Coronavirus and the Church

Coronavirus and the Church

When the coronavirus was just beginning to become a global threat, my family went to Disney World. I was hyper aware of handrail, door knob and surface that people from all over...

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Press Pause/Press Play

Press Pause/Press Play

Day 1 We all live busy lives. Your type of busy may be work or school oriented - always trying to make the grade or get the promotion. It may be extra-curricular activities or...

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Nothing Is Impossible

Nothing Is Impossible

Jami Kaeb and her husband wanted to adopt a child, but kept hitting roadblocks that made it seem impossible. Time and time again, when they thought things were going to work for...

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It’s All About the Sheep

It’s All About the Sheep

I really love my husband and my children. If something happened to me tomorrow and they had to go on without me, the most important thing is that they know I love them. This love...

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I’m Hungry

I’m Hungry

Have you ever gotten busy and skipped lunch? The day skips ahead, it's four o'clock and all you can think about is Chipotle. It's common knowledge that nobody should be eating...

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Whose Adventure Are You Choosing?

Whose Adventure Are You Choosing?

As a young child, I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Like any normal boy, I gave a different answer based on what I thought was cool at the time. I was...

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Loving God, No Piece of Cake

Loving God, No Piece of Cake

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:4-5 This command was...

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Look Up

Look Up

I’m scared of a lot of things in life. Giant bugs, puppets, and Kevin James dying are all good examples – but there is something that scares me even more. It’s called the...

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A Day Without Soap

A Day Without Soap

If we are being completely honest we have to admit this simple truth - there are days when we get up and don’t take a shower. Maybe the alarm didn’t go off, or we are just...

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Why Should I Join a Small Group?

Why Should I Join a Small Group?

Whether a film is good or bad, one of the best parts of the whole experience is when you get to talk about it with your friends. Do you think we could be in the Matrix right now?...

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What I Want For My Kids

What I Want For My Kids

I remember when I first sent my kids off to elementary school. They were so tiny and cute with their giant backpacks and little smiles. The things I worried about for them felt...

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Why the Bible Still Matters

Why the Bible Still Matters

You have probably heard the argument from a co-worker or friend that the Bible is simply an ancient piece of literature that holds little to no water in the twenty-first century....

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Breathe In Truth, Breathe Out Lies

Breathe In Truth, Breathe Out Lies

I’m going to state the obvious. Lies are tricky. They have a way of creeping into our hearts and dictating how we treat others and see ourselves. Believing a lie doesn’t sound...

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Don’t Get Distracted

Don’t Get Distracted

 I LOVE soft pretzels. I really really LOVE soft pretzels, and baseball stadiums have great soft pretzels. One summer my family and I went to a Cardinals game, and I got an...

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When You Don’t Know What To Do Next

When You Don’t Know What To Do Next

Growing up, I found myself hanging with friends in the neighborhood that were a couple years older than me. The age difference wasn’t really felt though… until my friends started...

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Your Challenges Are Not Hopeless

Your Challenges Are Not Hopeless

I recently went on a 30 mile bike ride… no joke, 30 miles! I’m not a biker, I’m a runner, so 30 miles seemed like it was an eternal challenge. It was exhausting, painful and...

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Take Out Your Trash

Take Out Your Trash

Do you have a kindness problem? Maybe you just need to take out the trash. I’m going to confess something… Sometimes it is work for me to be kind. Sometimes being irritable and...

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Hacking Your Checklist

Hacking Your Checklist

Have you ever made a checklist of all the things you needed to get done? Many people interested in being more productive have become list makers; every morning they get up and...

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Help For When Life Gets Tough

Help For When Life Gets Tough

Being in bible college we’re told all the time about how many people start in ministry, and don’t end in it. They either encounter a moral failure or just get burnt out and quit...

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Is This Opportunity From God?

Is This Opportunity From God?

I’m not sure if I would have ever imagined this day happening. In eight days I graduate from college. It is one of the most exciting times of my life, but I’m also terrified of...

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Sandwiches and Mystery Meat

Sandwiches and Mystery Meat

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.John 4:32-33 Have you ever...

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Don’t Feed the Hungry Hippos

Don’t Feed the Hungry Hippos

When I was younger I loved to watch shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. I would sit in front of the TV for hours, immersed in these worlds that I...

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Kid Bouncing

Kid Bouncing

"But Jesus called the infants to him and said, "Don't stop the children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God. I can guarantee this truth: Whoever...

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The Cinderella Prayer

The Cinderella Prayer

I loved the recent Disney movie, Cinderella. In it, there is a scene where Cinderella’s mother is on her death bed giving some great advice to her daughter. “I’ll have to tell...

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The Best Way to Grow Closer to God

The Best Way to Grow Closer to God

How much do you really know about the Bible? Maybe you have read bits and pieces of the Bible, but you never understood it as a whole. As a follower of Jesus, I believe that the...

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Can They Tell?

Can They Tell?

Growing up, I have always loved music. “Heavy” music to be exact. Yes, the stuff you probably would call “screamo” is the type of music that got me into music in the first place....

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What Is Spiritual Formation?

What Is Spiritual Formation?

Spiritual Formation. That's what I have a degree in. Yes, it's a real thing, but don't feel bad for being confused, even today I am sometimes too. The question,"What is spiritual...

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Hope For Everyone

Hope For Everyone

Overwhelmed. Stressed. Tired. Anxious. Nervous. Helpless. This is how I woke up feeling this morning about the day that lay ahead. Somehow, the normal responsibilities that I...

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Does God Care About My Troubles?

Does God Care About My Troubles?

On occasion my wife will have a bad day or will be going through something difficult at work or with the kids, and she wants to talk to me about it. First, I do as every good...

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Speak Up

Speak Up

Have you ever had an idea that was totally great in your mind, but then when you actually verbalized it out loud you realized it was completely dumb? I was once in a creative...

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Praying With a Pen

Praying With a Pen

I once got a Facebook message from someone responding to a conversation we had about praying out loud. We had talked about how praying out loud transformed the way interacted...

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Deep Wells and Dropped Pots

Deep Wells and Dropped Pots

[excerpted from John 4:1-30] Let me set this up for you. Jesus is hanging out with his posse of disciples who have just finished baptizing people in a local river down in south...

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Living a Missional Life

Living a Missional Life

There’s this guy named Paul. He’s a pretty intense guy from the Bible who lived during the 1st century. At one time he thought he was living a missional life when he threw a...

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Simple Living

Simple Living

I don't know about you, but I love camping. I love getting outdoors and “roughing it” for a few days. Usually when my husband and I camp, we bring our tent that fits in the bed...

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Buy It Now

Buy It Now

I love the “Buy it now” option on eBay. Their auctions are great because there is a chance that you can get an amazing deal, but the anxiety of bidding wears me out - Did I bid...

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Why I Read Things Twice

Why I Read Things Twice

I am a two-times book reader. If I really enjoy a book you can bet your bottom dollar that I am going to read it again at some point. Right now I am re-reading a novel that I...

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