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She Fears The Lord

Julie and I fight. There is no way around it. We have been married for 12 years, and still find ourselves arguing over the silliest things. I know Christian circles assume that fighting in marriage isn’t healthy. But I don’t see it that way. The more I live and experience life, the more I believe…

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Turn Down The Volume

As many of you know, my wife, Julie, coaches NCAA water polo for Azusa Pacific University. So during competition season, when she is coaching most Fridays and Saturdays, I take a large portion of the parenting. It becomes quite chaotic as you can imagine. There are times that it is incredible, then there are times…

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TAKE IN EVERYTHING

When I was a freshman in high school and playing sports, there was this one kid that was purely dominant. He could do everything. Run, tackle, throw, high intelligence, all of it. I swore he wasn’t a freshman. But he was.  Then there was this other kid. Small. Slow. Couldn’t run well. Always dropped the…

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DEATH IN THE LINE OF DUTY

It is true when a fire fighter, military, police officer, or other first responder dies in the line of duty, the whole community grieves the loss and is somewhat rattled by the reminder that death is a reality in their line of work. This is a very sobering reminder, but each man and woman who…

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THE NECESSITY OF RISK

For some reason, I feel like I have been experiencing a range of emotion that I never felt before; higher highs and lower lows. The mountain tops are full of excitement and passion, yet the lows have been caused by of a grieving process that I was not aware would happen. These past seven or…

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Church Planting Is Not Sexy

I look back on old photos and laugh at what was once thought as “good looking” or “sexy” in my glory days of junior high and high school. It was all about baggy pants. Now, skinny jeans are in. And the hair! From undercuts to bleached-tip spikes, from shag or fro to fo-hawk or high-top…

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GETTIN’ IN THE WAY!

Have you ever had a situation, or a season in life where you get frustrated because things just aren’t happening the way that you want them to? Or maybe it’s happening, but it’s not happening fast enough? I had an entire year of that sort of frustration.  I was doing everything I could to succeed…

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NO SMALL TASK

Yesterday my wife and I were driving to pick up our two younger kids and talking about some of the different aspects of church planting and both the blessings and the challenges it brings. She said something that struck me, so I asked her to write about it. The phrase she said that caught me…

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THE WAITING PLACE

“To everything there is a season- and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc 3:1). And as a Type A person, one of my favorite seasons is the season of harvest. I love seeing when all the work comes to fruition.  In contrast, one of my least favorite seasons is a season of…

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BABY BEAR PRAYERS

So I have two, three-year-old sons, and at this stage of life, bedtime books are all the rage. While they have since moved on to a different book, there was about a three-week stint where, without fail, The Three Bears was chosen by one of our two boys for their bedtime pick. For those of you who…

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