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When Change Comes Knocking

No one gets to detour unexpected changes. We don’t get to dismiss surprise challenges or uninvited trials. For better or for worse, those three never knock and ask permission. They simply barge in and take a seat. All of us have experienced this at some level. No one is exempt. Don’t assume I’m implying all […]

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Q Zone: Does God “Discipline” Unbelievers?

The words “judgment,” “discipline,” “chasten,” and “convict” can sometimes be misunderstood, even wrongly used. Do they all apply to everyone? Which are specific to God’s family? Here’s some one-minute insight on this topic in episode 8 of FFTV.    

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This is My Church

This past Sunday First Family Church celebrated its 10-year anniversary. It was a humbling, amazing day! And while I intend to say more about it in the near future, I want to use a different anniversary story to highlight what I think should be everyone’s anniversary story. It’s the story of my niece (from my […]

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Sanctification: God Uses Us

With two excerpts behind us, we look at our final excerpt today – Sanctification. These are partial short-stories designed to help us gain more insight into three concepts we looked at during January in Acts 16 — conviction, regeneration, and sanctification. Regarding this post, the original chapter title in the book is “Sanctification: God Changes Us.” […]

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Losing Your Temper … for Good!

As January unfolds, I realize in just a few months I’ll be half a century. Add to this the fact that in 2014 the church we planted will mark its 10th anniversary, and I’ve admittedly spent more time than normal reviewing and reflecting upon the past, especially God’s incredible faithfulness and amazing grace. In thinking […]

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Devo Man Strikes Again!

It’s shocking what can happen when movement ceases. Yep, when even a small flow is shut off, it’s just plain ugly what happens. Those were my thoughts only a day after I turned off the filter to our above-ground pool. It was time to close it down and box it up for another winter, so […]

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Rearview Mirror Monday: On Planting a Church #7

It’s the question I get asked most often by young, aspiring church planters — “If you had to do it over again, what would you do — or not do — differently?” It is in answer to that question that I’ve been using Mondays to post my “rearview mirror” perspective on that issue. So today, here’s installment […]

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What I Was Seeing When I Was Sawing

Snap. Pop. Crack. Timb-u-u-u-r! That’s what I was hearing the other day as branches piled up around me. (Okay, maybe not the timb-u-u-u-r part, but it does add to the effect, eh?) And what a pile it was! Ironically, when I first began cutting and thinning, I thought it would only be a few twigs […]

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The Tree I Don’t Want to Be

Before you comment how gorgeous the tree is in my front yard, you need to know something. Ready? It’s only this beautiful about 14-17 days a year. Okay, 21 max. That’s 3 weeks at best. Yep, three. So for 49 other weeks, I’m dealing with what I call the “witchy” tree — that ‘thing’ in my […]

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Sunday Rewind: Maintaining Momentum

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