Whole or Hole

I was enjoying a great breakfast at Chick-fil-a when the morning turned into one of those I think I can learn something from this moments. Two sets of parents had met for pleasant conversation. It was easy to see that they were friends. Each had a little girl about three or four years age. These...

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Do We Know the Shepherd

Participant #1 A seasoned professional, proudly wearing a #1 over his lapel, gripped the mic stand with one hand and he began to quote, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….” With the confidence of trained orator, he didn’t miss a single word of Psalm 23. They seemed to roll off his tongue...

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God Can Handle Any Scandal

Hollywood. Men violating women. Men abusing men. The powerful demanding a roll-in-the-sack for a role on the big screen. Trauma backstage hidden from the drama on stage. Washington DC. The vulnerable being treated with impunity. Absolute authority corrupting absolutely. It’s disgusting. Who do...

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Are the “Haves” Really the “Have Nots”?

Tiger Woods spent a reported $44.5 million to purchase 12 acres and a 9,729 square-foot mansion in southeast Florida. Then, he tore down the mansion and spent the next four and half years creating a $60 million dollar estate. It has: (a) a new sprawling mansion, (b) a four-hole golf course, (c) a...

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reNEWed

Could I humbly suggest three simple thoughts that could make this one of the happiest years you’ve ever lived? They come from David’s inspired lyrics, and they can make a new — i.e., a reNEWed — person out of you. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your...

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Journal with Jesus

Want Bible study to be more fun? Helpful? Get a journal to record your thoughts. Select one of the gospels. I recommend Mark to start with. It’s the shortest of the gospels, and it contains more of Jesus’ miracles than each of the others. Mark has what we might call, “the wow factor.” Okay, let’s...

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Wax Wings & Humble Hearts

In Greek mythology, King Milos commissioned an artist named Daedalus to create the labyrinth of Crete as a cage for the Minotaur (you know, that crazy looking thing that had the body of a man and the head of a bull). After the maze was completed, to protect its secrets, Milos ordered Daedalus and...

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Any Hope?

In the winter of 1927, the USS Paulding, a Naval destroyer on loan to the Coast Guard, accidentally rammed and sank an S-4 submarine off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Angry seas from a nor’easter—a macro-scale cyclone—forced a pause in the efforts to rescue the sub’s thirty-eight man crew....

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A Place for Grace

Read Ephesians 2:1-10. It’s the greatest paragraph written on the subject of grace. Every time I read it, I find something new to lift me up. Here are a few items of interest I would like to share. First, Ephesians 2:1-10 uses the word grace three times (vv. 5,7,8). Circle them in your Bible and...

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