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2018 Reflection and Plans

New Year 2018 – Reflection and Goals

Just as I have for several years now I look back on 2017 and reflect then turn to 2018 with hope, with dreams and goals for my relationship with God, my family and with myself. This is inspired directly from the Bible since we are often hung up on the old in a detrimental way and I was determined to change that. Reflection of 2017 What I found was that… Read More »New Year 2018 – Reflection and Goals

Leave a Church

It’s OK to Leave a Church…Sometimes

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This is a bit on the nose for my family and I at the moment since we are going through this decision to leave the church we have attended faithfully for 15 months. It is not something that we have taken lightly or out of anger (James 1:19-20). It is something that has lingered in our minds for months and has been discussed over and over with by my wife… Read More »It’s OK to Leave a Church…Sometimes

2016 Review

2016 in Review, 2017 a Path Forward

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2016 will go down in the annals of history… However, we write it. It does not have to be the worst year ever, and it may not be the best year the world has seen. Those terms are entirely relative and often personal. A friend may have had a terrible year in some aspects while having great things happen in other areas of life. We, us fragile humans are concerned with blips in our time here on earth and often they are the things that happened yesterday or a week ago or a month. How we review our year determines how we feel about the bounty we have reaped. It shows us what we consider abundant and what is meager. Those things ultimately set the tone for how we expect our year to go. Genuinely consider that sunny disposition and ask if that is a facade for society or will you decide that your year is a mess the 1st day of January when someone makes your coffee wrong?

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Election

Election, Pride, and God’s Directions

Whew! That was an election of elections. I would be a terrible liar if I said I showed love during the last 18 months that the election cycle ran. Let me be blunt here, I was in no way acting like a Christian either. I don’t like the outcome of the election, I don’t like what has happened in our society and I’m ashamed of that, of my own actions. Terribly so. I thought people were stupid for their views; I sat gobsmacked listening to things that just didn’t align with what I thought was the right choice. In short, I was prideful.

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Live in Love

Live in Love

This is post 61 of 64 in the series “Daily Devotional” And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.… Read More »Live in Love

Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit

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This is post 55 of 64 in the series “Daily Devotional” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 This should be a pretty familiar pair of passages for all of us. Galatians is an important part of how Christianity evolved after Christ ascended. Paul had visited the churches in Galatia… Read More »The Fruit of the Spirit

Grow

Daily Devotional – Grow in Faith

This is post 26 of 64 in the series “Daily Devotional” Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. – 1 Timothy 4:15 If God has truly made an impact in your life because you have truthfully made the commitment to trust Jesus Christ as your savior then you will grow. To give the reference verse some back story, Paul is… Read More »Daily Devotional – Grow in Faith

Getting Up Again

Daily Devotional – Getting Up Again

This is post 12 of 64 in the series “Daily Devotional” Jesus said, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18 I won’t ever say I am a scholar of the Bible but I am a reader and I cannot recall a man in the Bible, specifically notable people who… Read More »Daily Devotional – Getting Up Again

Tough Times

Daily Devotional – There in the Tough Times

This is post 9 of 64 in the series “Daily Devotional” God had made me forget all my troubles and all my father’s household. – Genesis 41:51 I think we all have a tendency of forgetting how awesome God is all the time. Especially when the good times are rolling. We don’t give thanks nearly as often then but as soon as something bad happens it is the first thing… Read More »Daily Devotional – There in the Tough Times