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My Greatest Desire and Biggest Goal for the New Year

Prayer

I need to lose weight, work out, and rest consistently. I want to be a better husband and Dad. I need to read more books, save and give more money, and share my faith more. But if you want to know the single most important goal I have for the coming year, it is this: to have a …

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Dream Bigger – Ask More

"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I …

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Are We Still Praying for the President?

Barak-Obama

Polls indicate that most Americans don't trust our chief governmental leader right now. He's pushed through an unpopular piece of legislation with potentially damaging effects and its rollout has been an all out blooper reel. At times, he seems unbending and arrogant - unfazed by …

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Mountains Will Move

Jesus said some pretty radical things, and one of our favorite things to do is weaken and water down His message. For example, when Jesus said, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say …

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We Are At War

There is always a war happening somewhere. According to some experts, in the last 3,400 years of documented human history, there have only been about 250 years of peace in which nations have not been warring against other nations. There's always a war happening somewhere. The …

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What is God Thinking? Ask the Holy Spirit

I often remember as a teenager hearing from my parents this classic question: "What were you thinking?!?" You with me? The problem was often that I didn't really know what I was thinking when I did the dumb thing that sparked the question to begin with, so my answer was almost …

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Jesus Is a Treasure to Be Discovered

Sylvester is Homeless

I still remember digging around in a treasure chest full of sand at the Browning Fair. I felt something like a rock and pulled it out - it was gold! Actually, it was a rock, spray-painted to look like gold. I traded it for a cheap plastic fire helmet which was probably the …

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When You Don’t Know How to Pray

When my wife and I were going through a seven-year period of secondary infertility, we often found ourselves completely unable to understand what God was doing in our lives. Our prayers were seemingly going unanswered and we often wondered what God was trying to teach us. I …

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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

Brandon Cox and Rick Warren

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at …

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I’m Praying for God to Bless You

Alone In the Desert

I'm currently reading Wayne Cordeiro's Leading on Empty, and in it, Wayne passes along an ancient prayer written by some Franciscan monks... May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live from deep …

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