When You Feel Lost, Do This.

Lost in the WoodsMike Vilhauer just wanted to catch some fish, but on August 6, 2014, the 58-year-old from Sacramento wandered off the trail into the mountain wilderness to look for grasshoppers he could use as live bait. It took a while, but his journey paid off.Until it didn’t.After collecting a tube-full of little critters, he looked […]

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Taking the Low Ground

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought during the first week of July in 1863. If you are familiar with Michael Shaara’s historical novel, The Killer Angels, or have seen the 1993 film Gettysburg, you know that the struggle for Little Round Top was the turning point at Gettysburg, which many historians consider the most pivotal […]

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Five Essential Boundaries for Marriage in an Age of Distraction and Temptation

Playground FencesWhen I was in elementary school, our playground sat next to a major city thoroughfare, with the swing-set located only ten yards from cars driving 50+ MPH.Why were 8-year-olds allowed to play on a swing-set so close to the road? Because the playground was surrounded by a tall fence, which acted as a boundary […]

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The Danger of Assuming Coverage

Quick Navigation Reviewing CoverageA CRY FOR HELPA Canaanite WomanTheological TermsAN UNEXPECTED SILENCELostOur NeedAN UNUSUAL EVANGELISM STRATEGYPerseveranceA TestEntitlement?A MODEL OF SAVING FAITHShe AgreesJesus’s PostureHow Can a Worm Refuse Reviewing CoverageIf your insurance agent contacts you about reviewing your homeowner’s policy, you may want to take him up on that. Most of us assume that our coverage […]

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What is the Fundamental Entrance Requirement for Membership in the Kingdom of God?

Anyone who applies for admission to a university knows that there are entrance requirements. Typically, you have to have an accredited high school diploma. There is often a standardized test minimum score requirement. Sometimes, essays are required as well as participation in extracurricular activities and community service.In this post, we are going to talk about […]

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Are You Ungodly Enough for Grace?

Table of Contents A Favorite BookWhy Am I Not Staggered by Grace?Confess and Cling A Favorite BookOne of my favorite books is Transforming Grace, by Jerry Bridges.It is a simple, but profound and deeply helpful exploration into what it means to live by faith in the justifying, adopting and sanctifying grace of God.One statement that […]

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Planning in Pencil: A 3-Part Plan for Flexing with God’s Providence

Table of Contents Introduction. 1. Hold Expectations LooselyAn Example from the World of TennisHow can I know?But the deeper issue is why. 2. Trust God CompletelyTandem Sky-DivingLife as a Path. A Journey. A Story.Implications of Trusting What Our Children Need3. Engage Opportunities WholeheartedlyGod’s TimingClosing Time is in 15 Minutes!Present Moments, Opens DoorsWhat if… Conclusion. Inconvenient, but not RandomSeeing […]

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Does Your Repentance Feel Like Death Yet?

Table of Contents Repentance is DeathRepentance and CrucifixionNo More Plastic Bananas A Dangerous QuestionExactly Fessing and FeelingOwning It Repentance is Death”Repentance should feel like death.” I’m not sure where I heard that. But it is true because repentance is a death. Not a literal, physical death, but a very real, present, painful and active execution, nonetheless. It is chemo […]

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A 3-Part Process for Facing Fatigue: A Message for Tired Mamas (and Anyone Who is Exhausted)

Table of Contents Introduction. 1. ACKNOWLEDGE MY WEARINESS Mothers with Young ChildrenMothers with Older Children2. RECEIVE GOD’S RESTWearing a Yoke Understanding a Formula3. RESPOND TO JESUS’S INVITATIONThe surface burdensThe core burdenConclusion.  Introduction. A couple of weeks ago Kristy, Sarah Wynn and I drove up to Chattanooga to help our eldest move into a new house for […]

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7 Things Every Mother Needs to Hear

Quick Navigation Intro: A Confession and a Deep Desire1. Being a mother is not a step down from your other career.2. The mundane matters.3. There are seasons in every mother’s life.4. It’s okay to be tired.5. Lower your expectations.6. You were never meant to be a Jesus-replacement for your kids.7. Your children’s success or failure […]

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The Secret of the 50-Year Marriage

Quick Navigation Longing for a Shared StoryThe Covenantal vs Consumeristic MarriageVows are not a FormalityThe Importance of FoundationsA Better QuestionLet’s Apply ItDiscussion Guide Longing for a Shared StoryBoth sets of my wife’s grandparents were married for over sixty years. What a legacy! Isn’t that what we want to look forward to. Enjoying long life together […]

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What if Jesus is Still Buried?

Introduction – 1 Corinthians 15:12-32 “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, but if true, is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”In that statement, C.S. Lewis, the Oxford professor and author of the Narnia books, challenges us to re-evaluate our assumptions.  What would make Christianity either true or false? What is […]

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The Most Important Thing

Quick Navigation INTRODUCTIONTHE MOST IMPORTANT THING: 3 Things1. IT IS A GIFT TO RECEIVE (vv. 1-2)Faith is central.Reminders are crucial.Ongoing faith is pivotal.Application:  It is the same way with standing firm in the gospel.2.  IT IS A TRUTH TO BELIEVE (vv. 3-8)It is a truth predicted in the Scriptures.It is a truth verified in history.Application: […]

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