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Palm Sunday to Good Friday

The truth of the matter is we cannot “fool” God. He sees and knows our hearts better than we do. If we’re trying to fool our friends, associates, and family and play for both teams—the world’s team, which changes as quickly as the dollar’s value and God’s team, which is constant and unchanging—we will find that we’re always on the losing side. If you’ve been here or are here right now, you know how hard it is to reconcile the two team’s core morals and values and how difficult it is to play both sides.

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Be His Valentine

The Bible is one long Valentine to you from God. Here are just a few examples of what I mean: See what great love the

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Can You Hear the Applause

I’m continually shocked and awed at the radical and unquenchable grace of Christ. With all my faults, my fickle adoration, my inattentive worship, my worldly demands, my preoccupation… I know that Christ waits for me.

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He’s Onto Us

The other day I was talking to my VP of Marketing who made a prayer request for a friend of hers who is struggling right

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Say My Name

The motivational writer Dale Carnegie once famously wrote, “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

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Living at “if”

Most of us live in a state of “if.” Our decisions all ride on this simple part of speech that exists between what happens to

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I Am a New Creation

Have you ever watched the show Extreme Makeover? It’s one of those exciting transformation shows where someone loses a massive amount of weight, undergoes cosmetic

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His Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I

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Wonderful Counselor

If our greatest need had been information – God would have sent us an EDUCATOR… If our greatest need had been technology – God would

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Prayer is a Verb

Sometimes prayer becomes only a noun in life. It’s more of a checklist item instead of an exercise in faith. We say it at dinner

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It Has Been Prepared

There are many people in the United States who are claiming that the end times are upon us. I’ve had people ask me my thoughts

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Have you RSVP’d?

The other day I was watching our daughter play with her brothers. My beautiful little girl has hit an age where we’re all deftly aware

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Need a Job

When I’m not studying up on or giving the He’s the Solution message, I’m running a financial company that dispenses private money for real estate

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Hard Pill to Swallow

I’ve always had a problem with authority. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for others, I’m a natural-born rebel (my parents and wife can attest to

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Praising and Prizing

In the Old and New Testaments, there were laws and regulations on how the normal man or woman should, or even could, approach God in

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Are You Lost?

We often forget that we’re all inherently lost. We are all homesick and heartsick, and we’re all in it together. How we each deal with our state

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Questions to Answer

Although we’re inundated with Christmas tunes on the radio and decorations galore at the store, Christmas over 2,000 years ago had very little spectacle and

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Self-Centered or God-Centered?

Are you self-centered or God-centered? Is that a loaded question or what? It’s a hard one to answer too because ultimately most of us will have to admit, myself included, that the self often crops up before God. We all live by a “What’s in it for me?” motto and we forget that to truly live with purpose, the “me” should never really enter into the equation. And that’s the real crux and the struggle to find true leadership in the faith. We’re all, by nature, self-absorbed. 

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Why Do We Make it So Hard to Be Saved?

Salvation is a gift. So, why is it so hard to be saved? I have asked myself this question many times. I see so many people struggle with God’s Ultimate Gift on a daily basis because they think that it carries with it a heavy and burdensome responsibility. They also think that by accepting God into their lives, their lives will change irrevocably and they will never be the same again. And that unknown possibility scares them into looking away from the Gift and staying solidly put in their status quo existence.

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Prayer Lifts You Up

In Matthew 7:7-8 – Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures… for many reasons really. The number one reason is that I wholeheartedly believe that you will never receive what you want or need unless you take the necessary step of simply asking for it. Yet, how many of us never take that simple but crucial step? We may wish for change. We may hope we’ll get a new job, find a loving spouse, or that a wayward child will find his/her way back home, but unless we fall to our knees and ask, we’re simply wishing without the power of God to back it up.

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Go Big AND Go Home…

It is not my burden (thank goodness) to attempt to love people even though they irritate or hurt me. God promises that as I draw closer to Him, and keep his word (the sword) at the ready, He will empower me to love people even when they irritate or hurt me.

There is comfort in this.

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The Leap

God’s very nature is Faith. He put us on this Earth with the belief that we will return, freely and willingly, to Him one day. And knowing the very nature of who we are… I only can only assume that it must take a lot of faith on His part!

Even when we are unfaithful, he remains faithful.

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In a Toxic World, Love One Another

The key to this topic is in Romans 12:10 (NIV), where Paul says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Now, I realize that it is hard to do, right? Especially when your brother is supporting that “socialist” or that “liar” or that “braggart”. It’s hard to wrap your head around the word “honor” when you can’t fathom their political leanings or beliefs. But that is precisely what God wants you to do. That is also why being a Christian is no walk in the park and why many people don’t do it on a regular basis. It’s hard to love and honor others above yourself. Yet, it’s the only way you can truly lead others to the Gospel. You can’t strong-arm them there.

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I Can’t, But He Can

For some, that idea is frightening. Many of us, myself included, are professional and incredibly practiced “control-freaks.” The idea of handing anything over to anyone else, including our most capable and willing God, makes us squirm and quake in our boots. “What if He won’t… or worse, what if He can’t help me… then what?”

I came up against this myself during the Great Recession when I was steeped “neck-deep” in my own “ableness.” You see, I had been practicing the “How can I” on steroids…

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Failure… Meet Grace

Jesus has a long list of people who have unflinchingly failed only to receive His radical grace. And his forgiveness precedes repentance. He has already died for your sins. He is already patting you on the back long before you can weep your first tear or utter your profound sorrow. He is consoling, reassuring and encouraging you, long before you admit your failure.

So, let your failure meet His grace and

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Are You Ready?

During Christmas, we often get bogged down with everything but the miracle of God coming to Earth. When people ask, “Are you ready for Christmas?” we rightly assume they mean, “Have you purchased all of your Christmas presents yet?” Getting ready for Christmas means a little less but costs us a bit more each year—in both our spirituality and pocketbook.

Each time we join into the verbal gymnastics of trying to eliminate Christ from Christmas and term it just another ‘holiday,’ we lose a little more of our understanding of what gift-giving means and who the biggest gift-giver is.

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You Think YOU Have it Hard?!

Christmas is challenging. It’s hectic. At times, it’s downright CRAZY!

I was feeling this all too acutely the other day while I was on the porch wrestling with the Christmas lights. I could hear my wife in the living area rifling through our many buckets of Christmas decorations while the kids bounced off of the walls, fueled completely by the natural Christmas high of hot chocolate, candy canes, and the general mayhem of getting the house ready for the season.

As I threaded the Christmas lights in and out of the railing…

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Christmas Questions to Ponder

Although we’re inundated with Christmas tunes on the radio and decorations galore at the store, Christmas over 2,000 years ago had very little spectacle and flare. In fact, our Christmas of today and the Christmas of then could not be more different. Yes, there was certainly chaos, confusion, and stress for the little family at the center of the story, however this blessed and momentous occasion came and went, and except for a few unlikely guests, most people passed the night without any knowledge that the Savior of the world had come to Earth.

Can you imagine that something so monumental was so inconsequential at the time. Jesus came, and although few had foretold this event and many had been waiting for him, very few noticed his arrival.

Of course, that singular, and seemingly insignificant night would change the world as we know it forever.

So how has it changed you?

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When Monotony is a Good Thing

Many of us wrestle with the idea of an unfaltering, abiding love. We understand a “just” God, a “holy” God, and we even get a “wrathful” God, but when it comes to a God of furious, even passionate love, we squirm in our chairs a little bit. Can anyone really love EVERYONE that much, when we have such a hard time loving the people “we love the most” that much? We’re not so sure about anything that “steadfast” of “consistent” because we hardly have anything to compare it to in this world.

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