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My Personal Reflections on 2013

In 2013, God was good. But that's true every year, isn't it? His good character never changes. Ever. But life changes for us, and it changes in our world. And through that constant condition of change, God's goodness carries us. I'm reflecting this morning on how our world has changed and how my life has changed in the last year, and it's been a BIG year! Let me celebrate a few things... We had a baby. And he's precious. I don't mean to brag but... well, okay I DO …

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Bless the Little Children

One of the sweetest scenes in the Bible is the little children gathering around Jesus to sit on His lap. The Bible describes the scene this way, One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. - Matthew 19:13 (NLT) What I love about this scene is the picture of Jesus' personality that comes through. There was something about Jesus that kids loved. He wasn't an intimidating, judgmental, cynical man who looked down on …

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Last Night, 5,000 Children Died

Not in a flood. Not in an earthquake. Not in a wave of tornadoes or a political coups. But from hunger. Hunger. It's that feeling that gnaws at our bellies in the morning because we haven't had our cheerios yet. But for millions, hunger is a lifestyle with no hope. Today is World Food Day. It's a good day to become aware of some things... And once you know, it's time to do something. I leave it to your own conscience and God's leading as to what your next …

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I Am a Foreigner

I don't like that word. I don't like to hear people called "foreigners" on American soil. And frankly, I just don't care that much about the politics of immigration. I'm a Christian, a stranger and a foreigner in this culture. My citizenship is in another kingdom, so I'm odd and strange because of my beliefs and values. Right now, I'm a foreigner in a more real sense. I'm writing this in my hotel room in the Dominican Republic. I'm on a mission trip, visiting Pastor Aridio …

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Love Kids? Interested in Church Planting? Take a Peek

At Grace Hills, a new church in northwest Arkansas, we're going to be investing heavily into kids. After all, Jesus certainly did. He loved them, cherished them, and ultimately died for them. We believe serving kids well and helping parents to disciple them is one of our chief callings in northwest Arkansas. So we're looking to add an intern (or volunteer staff member) to our team who will specialize in children's ministry. Here's the description according to our …

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8 Year Old Mary Margaret Tells the Story of Jonah

via youtube.com Wow. She did this in church too, before a live audience. …

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Thank God for His Boundaries

Our condo is two floors, with all the living space upstairs over the garage, so when you come in, you go upstairs. At the top of the stairs is a gate with a lock. This is a good thing, because Sam just started crawling and he heads for the gate all the time. So the rule is ALWAYS check the lock on the gate. Boundaries are good. Why is it that we, as humans, have such a problem with boundaries? Isaiah said that like sheep, we have all gone astray. We've turned every one of …

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Our Nine-Month Journey To Samuel

That picture is of Samuel David, five days from fertilization. I'm writing this about twelve hours before we find ourselves at the hospital for a scheduled c-section. We're here. There was a time when we really wondered if we'd be here. …

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Children and the Age of Accountability

I've always believed in an age of accountability for sin. Children and babies who die don't go to hell, period, and John Piper does a wonderful job of explaining why in ultra-simple terms. …

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Obama’s Speech to School Children

Today, President Barak Obama addressed public school kids across America. The video... …

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