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My Personal Reflections on 2013

Drew

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 …

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Time: Every Marriage’s Friend and Foe

Time

Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That's okay. They aren't movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12 days later. Daniel and Susan represent history's longest …

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Three Things Kids Need to See In Their Parents

Old Family Photo

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 …

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Big Truths I Need to Hear Every Day

Eternal Truth

I'm a messed up human being. I don't mean that I'm particularly deranged - just that I was born broken and have reached the plateau of adulthood carrying some flaws with me. The biggest flaw? I believe lies... sometimes. Here's a law of life that can't be avoided or broken... The way I think determines what …

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10 Tough Words for Men

Tough Dog

I'm a man. I like being a man. Men aren't better than women, and women aren't better than men. But we're different. So I've had to do a lot of painful discovery of who I am as a man, and I've learned a lot, mostly from my mistakes. I've come to some practical conclusions about manhood and want to drop them on …

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Before You Plant a Church, Clarify Your Calling

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The work of planting a new church will probably kill you. On my first day in Greek Grammar class in Bible college, Dr. Jesse Thomas walked in and stood at the podium to offer a brief welcome, "Welcome to boot camp." Serious students survived, some even thrived, but some fell by the wayside because of their …

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Why Honoring My Wife Matters So Much

Honor Your Wife

If I'm not honoring my wife, I cannot possibly claim to be growing spiritually. Neither can you. I'm planting and pastoring a church. I write articles for Christian blogs and websites. I'm Editor of one of the world's leading websites for Pastors. I also consult with ministries on social media and communication …

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How to Fix Broken Relationships

Broken

Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback's Herd Saturday, which is why it's a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We've been raising both a daughter and a son. I've watched my daughter grow from a baby to an eight year old. She has an amazing …

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Reasons I’m Thankful for My Wife

Brandon and Angie

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. In years past, I've gotten to spend this day with my family, either in the car traveling, or with extended family. I miss that today! I'm sitting in my office at Saddleback, which I enjoy, but not nearly as much as being with Angie. Let me tell you why... …

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My Wife Is the Cool One

My wife is the better half of us, for sure. Being a teaching Pastor and active blogger, I tend to make a lot of connections with people. My voice is heard from the pulpit or in print and therefore, attention comes my way whether I'm comfortable with it or not. But what people may or may not realize is that I'm …

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