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Because A Battle Precedes An Invitation

He appeared for the very first time in Old Testament history a few chapters ago. Seemingly out of nowhere, Moses calls Joshua to battle saying, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.” Without hesitation, “Joshua did as Moses had... Read more

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Because the Next Chapter Has Nothing (and Everything) to Do With Us

My new chronological Bible changes things up. Interrupts history with the pain-filled story of Job. Slips it right in between the death of Joseph and the arrival of Moses. Uninvited. Leaving us on the edge of our seat as Joseph dies and the Israelites are left alone in Egypt for several generations – Growing in... Read more

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The Best A Man Can Be

This isn’t anything new. Men longing to be their best. But not making “the cut.” Literally. Joseph’s brothers felt the daily pain of falling short in the eyes of their father. And decided to take matters into their own hands. Remove the son who made them feel “less than.” Surely our father’s favorite son can’t... Read more

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Because He’s Still Watching

You don’t have to make it very far in your daily Bible reading to hear the words, “When the Lord saw that human wickedness was widespread on the earth…….” “The Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was deeply grieved.” Just three chapters into Genesis and the story of creation... Read more

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When Heaven Visits Your Driveway

I hear the men working right outside my window as I type. Faint voices floating softly just above the sound of old asphalt being busted apart then scooped into a big truck. ________________________ Bits and pieces of our family story are imprinted on the piles of rubble right outside our door. And in just a... Read more

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When Hope Holds Up Your Branches

I won’t deny it. There’s beauty in every winter snow…… even when it falls in spring. The calendar can’t control its arrival any more than we can. And with world-hushing power, it has a way of uniting all creation under its blanket. Snowflakes slowly pile high, creating magical scenes, but at the very same time,... Read more

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Growing Up Without Growing Old

Cropping out the world’s distractions and filling every corner of her life with joy, she giggles as she runs My niece always brings to mind Jesus’ words, “Unless you become like a child….” I need time with this little girl often, because I’ve felt a little old lately. Not in a real-world “I can’t believe I’m... Read more

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When Monday Feels Daunting But God Says, “Lean In”

It’s Monday morning and the big picture for this week is overwhelming. Between busy days at work and evenings filled with to-do lists that could easily get the best of me, it’s easy to feel tired before I even start getting ready for the day. But this picture…….. It caught my eye this morning and... Read more

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My Foggy Faith

It gets the best of me so often. The unknown. The unseen. The signs up ahead I can’t quite see. Foggy mornings scare me. So does walking by faith. Take me out of the driver’s seat and everything gets worse. There’s something about gripping the wheel that at least gives me the false allusion that I have a little... Read more

Maybe It’s As Simple As Giving Empty Jars

It’s funny how a sermon can hit you in an unexpected way……….. cause your mind to wander………… and the next thing you know you’re thinking about what’s sitting on your kitchen counter that very second and how maybe just maybe you washed out empty jars the night before not so much to clean them but to... Read more