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August 2016

Grow older but don’t stop growing

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Confession: There are times when I feel like taking a break from making myself a better person. It can be hard work, after all, this whole sanctification thing. Sometimes I see some fruit from all the work and sometimes I don’t. Either way, it can be draining. So there are times when I’d like to coast … to put life on cruise control. Then I re-read Daniel 6. You might remember Daniel 6 as the…

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Grow Like Kittens

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Last week, Audrey and I went by the local animal shelter and adopted a couple of kittens. It hasn’t taken Tuck and Tessa long to make themselves at home, but they’re still rather young – less than two months old – so they have plenty to learn. That’s part of the fun of kittens: Watching them explore this crazy new world and joyfully learn how to function in it. So, here’s how they’re doing so…

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How to develop Olympic-style grit

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Note: I wrote this blog in partnership with my friends at SVI, home of Forging Grit co-author Mike Thompson. It first appeared earlier this week on SVI’s Develop Everybody blog. Athletes from around the world walked proudly behind their country’s flag as they entered Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. They all brought unique stories of how talent, hard work and perseverance brought them to one of the biggest stages in…

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Is Luke 2:52 a Gold Medal Verse?

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Luke 2:52 provides a clear, simple model for growing like Jesus, but does it apply only to the development of our faith? Or does it also help us grow in other areas, like in our work or as leaders in our homes and communities? Think, for instance, about the Olympics. How might Luke 2:52 provide counsel for these elite athletes? Wisdom: Jesus grew in wisdom that was rooted in a fear of the Lord, and…

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On the base paths to repentance

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We don’t have many high-profile role models these days when it comes to genuine repentance, but I may have come across one last week thanks to a social media link shared by former Major League star Torii Hunter. The link took me to a video by Dee Gordon, one of those up-and-coming professional athletes who was riding the wave of his talent and hard work until he tripped over his own poor choices. That’s not breaking…

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