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Adoption

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I officiated a wedding a few weeks back and I still think about it pretty often. The bride was bringing a daughter from a previous relationship into the marriage – a joyous young lady with a beautiful smile – and it was clear that the groom would be officially stepping not only into the role of husband […]

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Learning How to Date

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I didn’t learn how to date until I was 35 years old. When my wife and I became intentional about investing in our marriage and in one another we knew that dating – the act of setting aside a certain amount of time for just the two of us to get away, talk, look each […]

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Trouble

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 If only Jesus had promised us an effortless existence free of trouble, but He didn’t. In fact, quite the opposite – He guarantees […]

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Lumps of Clay

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The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it […]

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What We’ve Done Doesn’t Matter

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When the father saw his prodigal son coming up the road he bolted out of the house and went to him in a dead sprint. When he got to his son he threw both arms around him and embraced him with pure, unrestrained joy. The kid was weary, beaten down, and defeated. Covered in shame […]

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Quiet

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It’s funny to see them moving around, half-asleep and murmuring, because you so rarely get to during the week. They pull their clothes on and slump at the breakfast table and finally you talk to them enough that they realize the day is here and they start to come alive. Cereal or oatmeal or cinnamon […]

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4:30 AM

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It’s 4:30 AM. Somewhere a baby is sleeping. Somewhere a single mother is lying awake, asking God how she’s going to pay the rent. Somewhere a man is leaving for work. Somewhere a woman is coming home from work. Somewhere people are driving. Somewhere a woman sits on her porch and sips coffee. Somewhere a […]

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Every Day

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The truth is, the sun will rise one morning somewhere in the future and before it sets you will have taken your last breath as a human being on this planet. There will be traffic jams in all of the places where traffic normally jams, and cattle will graze lazily in green fields like they […]

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First Day

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The alarm on the window sill begins to fade in and you slowly come to life and roll onto your back. You didn’t sleep well, or at least enough, because the anxiousness kept you awake two hours longer than planned. Ten more minutes? No, you have to get up. Coffee comes first because this is […]