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spiritual disciplines

writing beyond your platform week 2: writing as a part of the spiritual life

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This is the second video in the Writing Beyond Your Platform series. For the first video click HERE. In this session, we explore the idea of preparation and silence, and what our next steps should be as we pursue our new definitions of success. Thanks for watching, you guys. I am grateful to be on this journey with you. My prayer is that as we deepen our understanding of God’s view of success, the life…

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why the church will make you win in life

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“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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my window prayer for belonging

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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the bittersweet road home

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Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 I sat in the car watching the scenery of the southwest speed by…

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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

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Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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we are the children of victory

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I pushed back our start time for homeschooling on Thursday morning so I could tackle some boxes and piles in the guest room. I have relegated the book boxes there, and there are a lot of them. I unpacked half a dozen or so last week, and the books were still strewn and stacked in organized chaos on the bed. I found a framed snapshot of our first dance at our wedding in the mix…

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bread prayers

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Last week I began praying for bread. Not physical, actual bread. But the God-I-asked-for-bread-please-don’t-give-me-a-rock kind of bread; the give-me-this-day-my-daily-bread kind of bread; the Jesus-is-the-bread-of-life kind of bread; the manna-falling-from-heaven-tasting-like-honey kind of bread. Bread is good, isn’t it?Bread fills the empty spaces of our lives. It is God’s provision, broken for us. We fall into the hands of a mighty and merciful God when we bow low and give thanks for bread’s sustaining power. I need bread in my…

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sabbaticalling means faithful rest

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“I said to myself, ‘Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.’” -Psalm 116:7-8 (The Message) Last night a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup simmered on the stove while wafts of sweet cinnamon apple crumble love filled the kitchen with good news of dessert. Mr. Fantastic was teaching one last Old Testament class at…

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5 ways to raise children that love Jesus and His church

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I sat with a friend a few weeks ago as our kids ran around playing. We drank coffee and we talked about lots of things, but the part of the conversation that stuck in my brain was about our kids and their knowledge of God. “I just want them to have what I have. To know what I know about God,” she said, as her eyes followed braids and bandaids leaping from one spot to…

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when you’re waiting on god and desperate for him

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I have become like one who does not hear,whose mouth can offer no reply.Lord, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.For I said, “Do not let them gloat    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.-Psalm 38:14-19He will cover you with his feathers,   and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.You will not fear the terror of night,nor the arrow that flies by day,nor the pestilence that stalks in…

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