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All Authority Over Heaven and Earth
by Will Searcy – This past week, I was listening to EWTN radio, and the hosts asked their listeners to…
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Death by Suicide – Part II
by Donna Berger – Last month in my blog, Death by Suicide – Part I, I spoke of the challenges…
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Can A Religion Exist without God?
by Meredith Berger – I was recently having a conversation about the merits of human-led religion, and if man is…
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A Better Plan
by Will Searcy March Madness is my favorite sporting event each year. As Christians, we are meant to hope, and…
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Death By Suicide – Part I
  Losing a loved one breaks our heart, but when that loved one has taken his or her own life,…
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Put aside your pride
by Meredith Berger Every Wednesday I teach English to adults at the Ethiopian Community Development Center near my home in…
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Back to Basics
by Will Searcy Our world has a lot of trouble right now. You can hardly turn on a television or…
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Got Joy?
by Donna Berger How are you feeling today? Does the weight of the world have your shoulders sagging? Or, is…
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Was God in Parkland?
“Where was God?” In the aftermath of the Parkland school tragedy, this question has been asked over and over in…
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Lost and Found
I had a plethora of topics to choose from for this week’s blog. I considered writing a piece on Ash Wednesday,…
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Are We Irredeemable or Immortal?
Nick Foles, the Super Bowl winning MVP quarterback, had far from a smooth ascent to his current position atop the…
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Surviving the fire
Surviving the Fire Some of us hope and even pray to escape life’s trials and tribulations. As Christians we believe…
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Faith and Football
Competitive. Aggressive. Physical injury. Heightened emotions. Dangerous loyalty. Those are descriptions that come to mind when I think of the…
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Thank you for your dream
Thank You for your Dream Monday, we celebrated Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and as I listened to…
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Daniel’s God
It’s 2018! Most of the decorations are snug in their boxes and the last of the Christmas goodies have been…
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A New Year Purpose
Well, it’s 2018 now and you probably saw the title of this blog and thought, “oh no, not another person…
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The Dream We Dream
One common trait across all mankind is the propensity to dream. Our dreams aren’t all the same, and what some…
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Trust in Your Safety System
John and I had just finished up some Christmas shopping at the mall and were headed home. Taking the left…
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The pain and joy in waiting
It’s the first week of December, which means it’s officially socially acceptable to start stringing lights, donning your favorite seasonal…
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Does It Actually Work?
We live in a results-driven world. Most endeavors we entertain are weighed with the benefits in mind as opposed to…
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Something we can all be thankful for
Homes are filled with the fragrance of roasting turkey and pumpkin pie and the hustle bustle of the holiday season…
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A Baptismal Wish
This past Saturday was a wonderful day. My second son, Bennett, was baptized into Christ’s church, and we spent the…
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Never stop praying
Psalm 55:17 says, “Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.” And,…
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Embracing My Inner-Kid
Nothing brings out the inner-kid in you quite like having a two-year-old. It is a special age in which the…
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The Blame Game
Three times this past week I heard someone say, “I’m mad at God.” The best of us surely play the…
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Brittney M. McBath 5/14/1990 – 10/5/2017
I never met Brittney McBath, but I feel like I have always known her. This past summer when my friend…
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In the midst of chaos
It has been a difficult month. From Barbuda to Las Vegas and far beyond in every direction, natural and man-made…
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A Modern Day Miracle
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God…
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The Heart of the Lion of Judah
This past Friday, I attended the funeral services for John Paul George. John Paul was not supposed to survive longer…
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Your Will Be Done
My friend Carolyn called me up yesterday and we were discussing the state of our world: floods, fires, threats of…
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Pray for Charlottesville “On Many Sides”
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.” It’s a witty…
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28th Anniversary
This week last year, my blog was a remembrance of my husband Gerry and our three precious children, Dawn, Stephen…
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Hall of Fame Dad
When we think of the Hall of Fame, we usually think of great accomplishment. It’s a term most often associated…
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That Good-Bye Hug
My alarm went off at 4:30 this morning. I pulled on some clothes and headed downstairs to pack a cooler…
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Such As These
“13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray.…
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Playing the Hand We Are Dealt
Last week on TV, I heard a professional player at the World Poker Championship paraphrase a quote from Randy Pausch,…
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Pain Is a Blessing
There is logic behind the title to this article, and I promise to do my best to articulate it for…
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Love Offerings
Last month I posted a mini-message on Facebook about how the simplest things in life can be seen as displays…
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Humble Moses Wins NBA Rookie of the Year
Malcolm Brogdon, nicknamed “Humble Moses” by his family and “President” by his college and professional teammates, won the NBA’s highest…
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To the Parents of Otto Warmbier
My blog this week is in response to the recent release by the North Korean government of imprisoned University of…
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God Loves You
“I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.” -Walt Whitman This past Sunday,…
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Make Room
  With one child studying abroad and the other working full time, the task of driving the twin’s car back…
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Great Marriage Quotes
My wife and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary a few weeks ago, and now we are heading off to…
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Finding Joy in the Desert
Recently, with stinging tears running down her face, a dear friend of mine revealed that she had been trudging through…
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Desert Fun
Warmest thanks to everyone for your prayers over Meredith’s trip. It has been going well and as you can see…
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Immediate Answer to Prayer
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, so before I get into it, I’d like to wish a happy belated Mother’s…
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Letting Go
Like the silky sand of the beach sifting through my fingers, this school year has slipped away. Whether you are…
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Tenderness In “You” and “Us”
Last week, “Ted Talks,” the popular platform for spreading inventive, revolutionary ideas, had a surprising guest speaker. World-leaders in areas…
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Reserved for Florida Girl
Atop a small hill on the grounds of the University of Virginia, a red brick home has been keeping watch…
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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts
Forgive me for borrowing this line from the show “Friday Night Lights,” but I couldn’t think of a better way…
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He Is Risen!
Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection reconciled us to God the Father His love opened the gates of heaven for us…
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Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the last day of Holy Week and ends the season of Lent. It commemorates the day that Jesus…
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Good Friday
Good Friday is a day Christian’s observe as a solemn commemoration the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His death at Calvary. It is…
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The Commemorations of Holy Thursday
Among other names, the Thursday before Easter Sunday is called, Holy Thursday, Maunday Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday and Covenant…
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Moving with a Toddler
My wife and I have been blessed enough to move into a new home. While we’re thankful for the luxury…
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Try God!
…I expected to die…as a result I stopped relying on myself and learned to rely only on God…2 Cor 1:9…
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You Are Loved
Today marks one year since my mother passed. It’s still early, so I can’t express all the emotions I feel…
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The Hope of a Lifetime
This past Sunday was a day of both realized hopes and dashed dreams, but it served as a mere preview…
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You are too busy not to pray!
I tucked a new and revised copy of a twenty-year-old book entitled, Too Busy Not To Pray, by Bill Hybels…
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What Are You Being Called To?
We are two weeks into Beth Moore’s study of 2 Timothy, and some lights are coming on! Paul tells Timothy,…
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Birds of a Feather
In my small men’s group, we’ve been going through Jeff Kemp’s book, “Facing the Blitz.” Kemp is a former NFL…
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It’s Up to Us
February 11th whispered softly by. There was no birthday cake or fun celebration. Only a few silent tears for a…
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today is a wonderful celebration of love. I have to admit that Valentine’s Day played a crucial role in the…
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Unity in the Spirit
What is the definition of the word “church?” Generally we define it as a building used for worship. It is…
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Live With Purposeful Urgency
There are two facts on which just about every reasonable person can agree: we will all die and one day…
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Just Sing!
There was such an enthusiastic response to my Facebook post of Michael W. Smith’s song, Breathe that I was inspired…
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Hypocrisy: The Sin Jesus Condemns Most
If you read through the Gospel, by the time you reach the Book of Luke, I’d imagine you’ve figured out…
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Recognizing the Enemy
 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”…
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A New York Icon
There were thirty minutes left before we had to catch our cab to the airport for a flight back home…
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Focus on Jesus
Recently, I’ve found myself following a spiritual rabbit hole, of sorts. In my love for and desire to live for…
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One Step Away
Ephesians 5:19 says, “Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the…
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Clemson’s Key to Winning the National Championship: Love
One of the reasons I love sports is that it provides an opportunity to witness a person or a team…
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Looking for Good
One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to…
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Happy New Year!
To our family and friends, Will and I took this week off from blogging to spend time with our families.…
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Blessings on the Horizon
Praying you find a year full of love, blessings, and happiness when you look out at your horizon. With love…
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Advent Week Four: Make Your Heart a Manger
  Christmas is the story of God’s unwavering love for us. There was no royal announcement or ticker tape parade…
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Preparing a Thankful Heart for Christmas
  It’s crunch time. Christmas is less than a week away. Most of us are frantically making last second preparations.…
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Advent, Week 3: What Made the Wise Men Wise?
At the time of the birth of Jesus, the term Wise Men spoke of people who studied sacred writings, astrology,…
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The End of an Era
In reflecting on this Christmas season, I happened to be struck with a thought – we celebrate the coming of…
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Advent, Week 2: What Do You Worship?
As a few of my friends and I enter into week two of Max Lucado’s online Advent study, Because of…
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Advent, Week 1: Time For A New Perspective
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent – the four weeks…
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Prayers for Oakley
Thanksgiving is a time for family, for love, for reflection, and of course for a large, hot meal. It is…
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A Thanksgiving Prayer
On this day designated to give thanks to God for faith, family, friends and abundant blessings, I would like to…
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What about the rest of us?
This past weekend my husband, John, and I were out to dinner with some friends. Afterwards, we were sitting by…
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Give the Gift of Today to God
As with many of you, I say my prayers before going to sleep. I’ll say The Lord’s Prayer, a Hail…
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A Heavenly Birthday
This week, my daughter Dawn, would be thirty-six years old. I’ll never know if she would have become the Olympic…
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Delight In Defeat – Coach Bennett, When You Were Weak, You Were Strong
Dear Coach Bennett, As a new season approaches, I’m sure you can’t help but reflect on how last season ended.…
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A Simon Opportunity
This past month, I reconnected with a college friend. Michael and I commuted to Fairfield University and spent what free…
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Mumford & Sons – “The Wolf” Can’t Prevail Against God’s Love
I guess I’m on a music kick lately, and one of my favorite bands of the past few years is…
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Have Faith In God
Reading through Will’s blog this week led me to reminisce about the inspiring faithfulness of his beautiful mom, Priscilla. Often,…
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Love Is Not a Victory March
My mother’s favorite song was a 2007 Virginia Gentlemen recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” So when my wife sent me…
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Homecoming
John and I spent last weekend visiting the kids and enjoying some fall color at UVA. It was Homecoming Weekend,…
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The Power of Music
St. Augustine once wrote, “He who sings, prays twice.” David, a man after the Lord’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14), sang…
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Hurricane Matthew: Preparing for the Worst
In a crisis, I fancy myself a take-charge kind of guy. So, when I awoke early Tuesday morning last week…
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The Heart of the Matter
My Bible study group, Sisters in Faith, has begun its fall session. We are using The Gospel of Mark by…
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Happy Birthday!
Did you ever wonder why we celebrate our birthday? Some historians report that when the pharaohs were crowned in ancient…
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Dee Gordon: Believe through Mourning
“If you don’t believe in God, you might as well start.” That was Dee Gordon’s response to his first home…
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Faithfulness in the Storm
Traveling back from Gainesville this weekend, my husband and I drove into some heavy rain. Now, I am the first…
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Brotherly Love – Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
I love sports. To me, sports are both a guide through and a microcosm of life. No voluntary activity has…
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Freedom through Forgiveness
Last week an acquaintance of mine passed away. Karen was an unyielding person who died having not spoken to most…
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I’m Like a Baby In My Grief
In the past year since my son was born, there have been several moments a day when he just doesn’t…
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How to fail
This is my inaugural blog (yippee!). I could be jinxing it by writing on failure, but I’m willing to risk…
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Where Were You on 9/11?
Like many, I can remember exactly where I was when the first plane flew into the North Tower of the…
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Call to Christian Community
I must confess from the very beginning that community is not one of my strengths. Writing and reading are both…
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Remembering a Mother’s Love for Her Autistic Son
I saw this article on Twitter yesterday, and it changed the course of my day. I had briefly met Travis…
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A Storm’s Coming
This past weekend a tropical storm was bearing down on south Florida, so we dutifully prepared for the possibility of…
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An Exercise In Loving Your Neighbor
Next time you’re out driving and you are stopped at a busy intersection, I want you to try something. Without…
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Back to School
It’s that time of year when so many of us are busily getting our children off to school, like my…
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My Last 10 Minutes on Earth
I travelled this past weekend, so I brought a few books to read should I actually have both the patience…
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Thinking of you
We grieve deeply, when we love deeply. Grief, like the love that is the foundation of our grief, never fades.…
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The Olympics and why we love sports
The Olympics are one of the greatest displays of faith in action that the secular world has. For four years,…
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Falling short and forgiveness
We don’t need to be told we all mess up, make mistakes, and well, flat out sin. The good news…
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Since my mother passed away
Today, Thursday August 4, 2016, marks 158 days since my mother passed away. Stated another way, it has been four…
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The whole earth is full of His glory
One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 6:25-34. It is my go to passage to share when a friend…
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Am I like Red Dog?
About four years ago, my wife and I adopted a Redbone Hound from a local shelter. His alleged age was…
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Living with the unimaginable
I recently saw the Broadway show Hamilton. As I enjoyed this fresh and exciting view of a slice of US…
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Peace in times of trouble
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But…
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“Will, do the dishes.”
One thing I learned in having my first child was that there wasn’t time to be selfish anymore. That’s not…
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Put On Your Hat!
Yesterday I left for a walk … without my hat! Almost every morning, my husband, John, and I take an…
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Prayers in Difficult Times
In my daily reading, I came across a couple prayers that are truly beautiful and speak to the heart of…
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The Freedom To Be Free
Today is Independence Day, a holiday commemorating the day that the thirteen American colonies declared themselves a new nation free…
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Risen – Christian Film or False Prophecy
THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FILM RISEN When I first saw previews for the film Risen, I was beyond…
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Understanding Grief- Part Two
“My heart was racing so fast it jerked me up off my pillows as I gasped for air in my…
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Malcolm Brogdon – The NBA Draft’s David?
On June 23, the NBA Draft will take place, which marks the beginning of lucrative careers playing basketball for thirty…
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Understanding Grief – Part One
When we are coasting along a smooth, straight road and the sun is shining, it is so easy to say,…
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Tripp’s First Word
As with most parents, since the day he was born, I’ve been dreaming of all the things my son could…
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Is God Mad At Me?
Recently a friend asked, “Do you think God is mad at me”? Bryan felt that God was calling him to change…
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Blessings for a New Day
Each dawn ushers in a fresh opportunity for a new beginning…just as Christ was raised from the dead by the…
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Graduation and the Gospel
Commencement is a ceremony or a day when degrees are conferred upon students who have completed a course of study.…
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Hodor – Recognizing the Greatest Man in Westeros
WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS THROUGH SEASON 6 OF GAME OF THRONES Greatness is defined in many ways, and as Christians, we…
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A Bittersweet Mother’s Day
This was the most challenging Mother’s Day of my life. On the happier end of things, it was my wife’s…
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