The Blog God Spiked

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Several weeks ago, I wrote two blogs and scheduled them to post while Audrey and I were on vacation. When we returned, I realized one of them never posted. One of two things happened. I didn’t schedule it properly or my really, really smart, hi-tech blog posting system malfunctioned. You decide. Last week, I reread the blog and decided to use it. I polished it up, sent it to a friend for proofing, and then reread…

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Read this Blog and Earn 10 Points!

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My wife tells the story of a teacher who motivated his students by awarding their obedience and success with points. “What do we get for the points?” one student asked. “Oh, points are great,” the teacher said with great enthusiasm. “They are the best! Everybody loves to get points. When you’re older, you’ll really understand. Points are great. Trust me. You want more points!” We live in a world that keeps score, even if the…

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The Rocks of Our Hearts

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Is the soil of your heart prepared for growth? …  Our home rests near the top of a hill, and we’re mostly surrounded by woods. Bermuda grass thrives on the sun-soaked front and one side of our lot, but the back remains very close to its natural state – it mostly grows rocks, not grass. I’ve been thinking lately about investing some time into the backyard – more to make it easier to maintain than…

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The Sins of My Writing

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Spellcheck says everything’s good. But I’ve learned not to fully trust spellcheck. So, I read over it – one … last … time … Yep, all looks good. I hit send or print or whatever pushes my writings into public view. In this particular case, it’s a blog post. I’m never sure how many folks will read my blog, but I hope it’s well received by all who invest five minutes of their lives. I…

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Our Sanctification Puzzle

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Sanctification lives at the heart of the Grow Like Jesus message, and it’s something we do both individually and in the context of our relationships with others. Imagine a jigsaw puzzle with pieces that never stay the same but that somehow always fit together. We never know how or when our lives might provide the right fit for others or how and when someone else might provide the right fit for us. But we know…

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The God of Tegucigalpa

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I’m not a poet, but sometimes I’m compelled to write in my own, unique style of verse. So it is with my recap of the week Audrey and I spent this summer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We went with a team led by our dentist and friend Dr. Bob Ward of First Lavaca (Arkansas). And we worked under the direction of World Gospel Outreach, an organization that has learned through the years how to truly honor…

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Practicing Rest

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One of the key points in Grow Like Jesus is that rest is a critical piece of our walk with God. Jesus rested. So we should rest. What’s that look like? Well, this week, it looks like me somewhere on a beach. So this week’s blog is the attached photo. It’s from a vacation we took last year, but it symbolizes the rest I hope I’m getting while you read this. I hope you’re getting…

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Suggestions for your summer reading

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It’s summer, so you’ve probably noticed an increase in articles and blogs recommending books to read while you’re on the beach or otherwise decompressing from your work world. In many cases, these blogs are by authors who simply want to share the books they’ve enjoyed. Others, of course, are secretly sourced by clever PR agencies looking to promote a particular client’s book. That doesn’t make the list bad, it just makes the motives suspect. Caveat emptor….

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Father’s Day Forgiveness

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Father’s Day is coming up, so I thought I’d share a gift idea. It’s something you can give to your dad even if your father, like mine, is no longer alive. The gift: Forgiveness. My wife and I have a blended family with seven children, and all of them were adults when we married in 2010. I’ve never been hard to please when it comes to gifts, so I’m more than satisfied with a call…

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The Face of Grief

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A child doesn’t have to be born to be loved or for her premature death to be mourned. Our family experienced the joy of learning a new baby was on the way — a granddaughter for me and my wife — then the pain of learning she was very sick, the closeness to God that comes from desperately praying for a miracle, and the sadness that comes when God’s plans don’t align with our desires. She…

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