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Leading by Helping

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Last Saturday, I was helping out with Bridge of Hope's Megaday. Each year, Megaday is a little different, but this year included working on their building and landscaping, doing some cleanup at a nearby low-income apartment complex, fix-ups at both of the transition houses, and getting the word...

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Tags: carpet, clean, help, lead, neighbor

Big Question: Self-Interest?

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Last weekend, I judged at a small debate tournament over in East Independence. I've written before about different kinds of debate (e.g., Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Great Communicators), and this was yet another style of debate called "Big Questions." Big Questions debates are about...

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Tags: denial, satisfaction, self, worldview

Seek Thee Counsel

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When I served at a church in Middle Georgia, I didn't have a single faith-informed counselor or therapist that I could refer people to. I never found one who had advanced skills in counseling along with a view of Biblical integration that I resonated with. Either they were too nouthetic...

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Tags: christian, counsel, counseling, therapy

Alleanza

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Alleanza When Jesus shares the Last Supper with His disciples in the upper room, He calls the bread His “body” and the cup of wine the “new covenant in My blood.” The old covenant was with the people of Israel as described in the Old Testament. He was creating a new...

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Tags: alliance, covenant, new

Why Aren't You That Excited?

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As we approach the Super Bowl, we also approach all those annual comparisons between church crowds and football crowds. "Do you get as excited for Jesus as you do for a touchdown?" "You can't get up early enough for Sunday school, but you'll get up earlier than that to tailgate on game...

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Tags: idols, priority, sports, worship

A more expensive trust in the surrender of Jesus

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In our message last Sunday about living a life of surrender, I used the phrase "A more expensive trust in the surrender of Jesus." I'd like to unpack that just a little more here. Surrender of Jesus: We start here. Everything starts here. What Jesus did on the Cross by giving his life, taking...

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Bowing Down to Addictions

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It's easy to criticize addicts. It's not loving nor respectful of the image of God within them, but it sure is easy. All kinds, too - substance abuse, food, alcohol, porn. We can poke at their lack of self-control, lack of self-respect, and the destruction they bring on themselves. Maybe we also...

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Tags: addiction, idol, idolatry

I Love Storms

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I love storms. I love the rain, the ominous clouds, lightning, thunder, and the wind. I even like tornadoes, as long as they do no damage. To me, it's better than TV … I could watch for hours, and I'm a little sad when the show is over. And earthquakes. We’ve lived through 10 or so...

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Tags: power, security, storm

A Beautiful Cup of Coffee

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I am no expert. I do not invest all the time, research, and money in order to become among the elite. But I do know how to make a pretty satisfying cup of espresso. An aficionado would correct me, but I've learned a few things about the art. I say "art" not because I'm a great artist, but...

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Tags: art, coffee, discipleship, espresso

Cracking the Code

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Let this sink in: Your zip code is a better predictor of your success than your genetic code. According to statistics, which zip code you live has a greater impact on your success in school, work, social standing, health, mental health, and overall wellness than your DNA does. There's no...

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Tags: code, dna, gospel, missionary, success, zip

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