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How Funerals Wake Us Up.

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There’s something sobering about funerals. It’s a place you have to keep your phone in your pocket long enough to sit, ponder, and think about the biggest questions of life (or death). As the preacher begins eulogizing the deceased, you can’t help but fast forward to your own funeral and wonder what will be said […]

technology

3 Rules I set for my phone.

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When did we become obsessed with our phones? I can still remember my first phone. I was 16, and it was a Nokia with a whopping 30-minute calling plan. It also had the game Snake, which I did play from time to time. I can remember walking through a mall and seeing a sign advertising […]

Theology

Is God your REFUGE and TREASURE?

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I wanted to share a verse I have been chewing on for the last week or so. Here it is. “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2 In this verse David is asking God to […]

Wise Living

Two Competing Paths of Happiness

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In Psalm 17 David prays for God to deliver him from his enemies, “those men of the world whose portion is in this life.” These “men” have treasure filled wombs, are satisfied with children, and leave their abundance to their kids. They are satisfied with the here and now, and build their hopes and dreams […]

Wise Living

Faking it is Easy

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‬Faking it is pretty easy, at least for a while. You can smile at church and tell your small group how great your time in the word has been. You can look your spouse in the eyes and promise fidelity. And you can assure your boss that you are giving 110% to your latest project. […]

Wise Living

How to get through a REALLY Bad Day.

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We all have bad days, but Jeremiah was having a really, really bad day (or days). Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem, and Jeremiah was among those Israelite’s carried off by Nebuchadnezzar into exile. It was a bad day.  Jeremiah’s hopelessness.  My soul is bereft of peace;     I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “My endurance […]