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What’s in Your Attic?

With my sister and her husband moving to Iowa (from TN) later this month, they both knew at least one thing had to be done before they left town: an attic clean-out. What made this task oddly attractive was that their house used to be my parents’ home; it was where she—and I and our […]

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Sunday Rewind: Words That Build Up Husbands

What are words a wife can use to build up her husband? In this 2 1/2 minute answer I offer four words that will go a long way in helping a wife do this, as well as explaining why. This “Sunday Rewind” is best understood when heard alongside the message I preached, “Paul on Words,” […]

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Family Idolatry: A Q Zone EXTRA

One of the questions that came in during the 10:30 service delved into the matter of whether or not our children—or families for that matter—can become an idol. And if so, is there danger in that? Though I answered the first part of the question with a clear-cut ‘yes,’ I did not expound on the […]

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In Case You Missed the Video from Today’s Message

Few things could have underscored better the reason we at FFC encourage 100% involvement in our small groups (known as Lighthouses) than the video we showed at the conclusion of the message (click to watch message). Some, however, didn’t get the opportunity to see it due to being out of town for the holiday. Or they […]

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Blueprint Begins

One of the issues I’m pretty passionate about is that of family and home, which is why I’m really excited to start a new series tomorrow rooted in Colossians 3, “God’s Blueprint for a Biblical Home.” It’s just a four-week emphasis, but we’ll dive in and dig deep into text and context to see God’s […]

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The Bree’s Squeeze: A Memory of My Graduate

With our third child “commencing” from high school today, I thought this excerpt from my book Home Run would be appropriate. [From chapter 5, “Daughters That Make a Difference“] When our three girls were little, I could sweep them up off the ground, hug them tightly, snuggle them while telling a story, and roll all over […]

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Break the Chain!

My father-in-law at 19. A Golden Glover! Most of us—I’m speaking of men here—have heard the stats about absentee fathers. And we know absenteeism tends to have a generational proclivity, becoming an almost seemingly impossible sinful cycle to break. Fortunately, statistics don’t tell the whole story. At least not for my wife’s father, Phil Smith. […]

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Our Little [dorky] Preacher Boy

“Did I really look that dorky?” That’s exactly what I first thought when I saw that picture you’re chuckling at even now. It was tucked inside a birthday card I received from my parents a few weeks back marking my 50th birthday, and man, what a laugh I got at my own expense. So go […]

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Baseball and “Home Run” Open in April!

In just a few short weeks, the 2014 baseball season will be upon us. And while it officially opens this year down under in March, our national past time takes the field on our shores in April. In the spirit of the sport and season, this April is also the month I’m releasing my newest […]

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The Genius of a Simple Kid

I think kids should write the IRS Tax Code. And I think they should oversee political debates, as well as approve all assembly instructions and troubleshooting manuals for products, appliances, and technical devices. Why? Because nobody can say it as simple as a child. In fact, I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve […]

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