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Learning to Turn It Off

Learning to Turn It Off

Turning It Off Slide to power off. I cannot remember the last time I swiped that little red slider to power off my phone. Sure, I put my phone down sometimes, set it to vibrate or even go into airplane mode, but turning it off… why do they even have that as an option? If […]

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Is Youth Group a Hospital?

Is Youth Group a Hospital?

I’ve been to the emergency room exactly four times in my life: Once as a little kid when I needed stitches in my forehead after sleep-waking into the corner of a piece of furniture Once as a teenager when I got kicked in the head. Once as a youth ministry volunteer when I broken my […]

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An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. – Psalm 86:11-12 Whole-Heartedly It’s always struck me when I’ve read this passage that the […]

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Who needs God when you have all of this?

Who needs God when you have all of this?

Enchanted Gardens It was March 1st, 1997.  I had just said, “I do!” to Naomi, who was now my wife.  It was an amazing day filled with family, loved ones and great friends.  Just as special, was our next day walking to our terminal at the airport.  See, being the hopeless romantic I decided to […]

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Two Hundred Posts

Two Hundred Posts

Every now and then I like rummaging through a box of old things around the house. You never know what you’re going to find! Sometimes you pull something out and think, “Why on earth would I save this?” Other times, you place your hand on a memento that takes you immediately back to a precious […]

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Seeking God in the Ordinary

Seeking God in the Ordinary

“There are no ordinary moments.” – Dan Millman I don’t recall the first time I heard the phrase “there are no ordinary moments,” but I do remember my reaction. I nodded my head with the vague comprehension of someone who didn’t want to look like they didn’t get it. Something about every moment being extraordinary… […]

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Lessons on the Court, pt. 3

Lessons on the Court, pt. 3

In part one and part two of this series, I shared lessons I learned while attending a basketball camp with my grandson. Now, in this final part of this series here’s one more thing I learned… I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention… Once again the basketball camp director wandered far away from talking about basketball […]

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Lessons on the Court, pt. 2

Lessons on the Court, pt. 2

In the first blog of this series I shared about a lesson I learned while attending a basketball camp with my grandson. Now, in part 2 of this series here’s another thing I learned… Once again I was surprised that the director of an elite basketball camp would take so much time on a topic […]

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Lessons on the Court, pt. 1

Lessons on the Court, pt. 1

My fourteen year old grandson is pretty good in basketball. He and I play a lot together but he’s only beaten me once and I want to keep it that way. Being that I’m 45 years older than he is, time is on his side. To hold off the inevitable I’m eating healthier and started […]

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With God, pt. 3

With God, pt. 3

Welcome to part three of a series entitled “With God.” Meredith Dahl has been leading us through some important reflections on our attitude and posture toward God throughout the ordinary moments of our day. To catch up, check out part one and part two. I hope and pray that each of you have allowed time […]

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