Love, beauty, art, and awe

On the first morning when my wife and I were in Hawaii for a wedding a few years back, we both woke up, wide awake, at 4:00 am in the morning. Our body clocks were seriously whacked. I got the bright idea…“Let’s go watch the sunrise over the ocean!” As it turned out, it was brilliant because it was one of those spontaneous moments together that we’ll never forget.  Continue reading

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Stop eating what’s eating you

I recently heard that two out of three visits to the doctor are stress related. As I was pondering that, I wondered about how simple the solution to this might be, even though it’s admittedly not easy.

Here’s what I mean. Aside from getting proper rest, good diet, and exercise, as believers we have the perfect solution—the peace of God that passes all understanding. Let’s look at this remedy a little closer.  Continue reading

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Whom the Son sets free

Several years ago, I was invited to lead a Bible study in the house of a local drug dealer. One of the guys who lived there had recently given his life to the Lord after being miraculously healed (after watching the Darren Wilson documentary movie, “Holy Ghost” with a Christian friend) and he had started coming to our church.  Continue reading

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Do you love yourself?

Do you have a healthy self-love? Because if you don’t, it will be very hard for you not to judge others and live on a life-sucking performance treadmill. Let me be clear. When I speak of self-love, I’m not talking about being selfish and boastful and living an unexamined life before the Lord. I’m talking about true humility and seeing ourselves the way God sees us. Continue reading

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Your greatest enemy is…

Believe it or not, our greatest enemy is probably not the devil. At least, not directly. We already know about him and his evil intent. We watch and pray and take authority over his actions as believers. But something much more insidious and dangerous lurks within us…and that’s our comfort zone. You probably already know this but it’s a good reminder as we begin a new year.  Continue reading

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Open up let the light in

The word is…it’s time to shine. Beloved sought out one, all you need to know is…

Open up, let the light in!

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isa.60:1-4 NIV) 

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Your time is now

Your time is now. Your life is made up of millions and millions of…one moment at a time. As Einstein once said, “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” In reality, all we have is now. The past is simply the collection of moments of your life up to now. And your future will be shaped by how you use your moments in the “now.”  Continue reading

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