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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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Three Things Kids Need to See In Their Parents

We sometimes think that raising kids well is all about what we tell them. But what is even more important is what we show them. And if you want to do the best you can for the next generation's sake, you'll model at least these three traits in your home. Security and Stability Kids need to know that they're safe, their basic needs are going to be provided for, and that they will be free to grow up in a stable environment. Selfishness often causes us to fight dirty, abandon, …

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Big News: The Cox Family Is Unexpectedly Expecting!

Yep. We struggled for eight years to have Sam and then assumed that would probably be it, so this was a total surprise, and we're so grateful and excited! Pray for Angie and baby's health! …

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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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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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One Good Way to Have Hours of Annoying Fun

Download now or watch on posterous IMG_2684.MOV (3426 KB) Brandon Cox Sent from my iphone http://bcox.me …

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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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Sometimes I Wonder About My Son

We're almost to the 30-week mark of Angie's pregnancy. I get to feel Samuel kicking, turning cartwheels, and giving me high-five's when I put my hand on her stomach. Last night we painted the nursery. The bedding is in. We're slowly stockpiling diapers and getting ready for the big day. While painting last night, my mind began to wander and I started asking myself questions that can only be answered as time unfolds. What's Samuel going to look like? Will he sleep …

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Now Is the Time for Courageous Parents

This is adapted from a sermon based on Judges 13 I really don't have to belabor the point of how morally confusing these times are, do I? We hear the news. We read the stats. And we know how tough it is to be growing up in this present culture. That's how things were for Israel when Samson was born. …

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A New Year, A New School, and New Opportunities

The last couple of weeks have been rather interesting at the Cox house. Angie has begun a new career teaching Bible at Life Way Christian School in Centerton, just a few miles away, and Ella started second grade there today. Though Angie will take Ella with her each day, I had the privilege of delivering her to her new classroom today. All I can say is she seems a little bit less like a little girl each time we do this. For me, I've remained a little emotional about it …

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