The Default Principle

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When you discover an intense experience, it becomes yours. You adopt it, mentally and permanently. And once it’s adopted, it stays in your memory as a part of your experiential history. Continue Reading

Andrae Crouch: My Own Tribute

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I thank God for the mountains, I thank Him for the valleys And I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through ‘Cause if I’d never had a problem I’d never know that God could solve them I’d never know what faith in His word can do. -"Through It All"  by Andrae crouch I’d say he built all of us up, some a little, some, like me, an awful lot. Music permeates, after all, so when musicians birth great songs, they settle into our lives and literally become part of us. That’s why you can still remember tunes that got you through a rough Continue Reading

A Puppy in the Aftermath

Of course I’m zoned out, aren’t you? Yesterday’s carbs have fully kicked in, and that alone constitutes a Christmas hangover. But there’s so much more contributing to what I often call the Aftermath, December 26, when everything sags, caves, goes to bed. The annual combination of family, worship, partying, binge eating, giving and getting creates a massive emotional and chemical high to recoup from, and normally the day after finds me numb and lethargic. Continue Reading

Dining with the Difficult

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“Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” -Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters It’s not always so joyful, this Christmas business. While plenty of us, myself included, relish the time of celebration and family, for others “family” is a painful concept. So painful, in fact, that for days leading up to December 25 they literally dread the annual family connection which the season requires. Continue Reading

In Search of Stability

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“Unstable as water, you shall not excel.” -Genesis 49:4 When Jacob was dying, he called his sons together for blessings and predictions. He began with his firstborn Reuben, who should have received double inheritance and assumed spiritual headship of the family once his father passed. Recognizing his great potential, Jacob declared “You are my might, the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.” Continue Reading

Releasing Your Wounder

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We’ve all got them – wounds, past injuries of the soul that still show themselves, either in the way we relate, or the pain we feel. I've learned a lot by examining my own, and those of the people I've been blessed to work with over the years. Continue Reading

The Unnatural Drifter

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“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom ---” - D.A. Carson I’m an unnatural man, and I hope my life shows it. At least, that's I try to be. How else can I explain some of the life-changing and seemingly radical decisions I’ve made over the years, or some of the things I say “no” to when everything in me Continue Reading

Gotta Serve Somebody

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“Nevertheless they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.” -II Chronicles 12:8 “You may be the heavyweight champion of the world You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls. But you're gonna have to serve somebody” -Bob Dylan, “Gotta Serve Somebody” Continue Reading

Time to Run?

Wallbuilding

“Should such a man as I flee?” –Nehemiah 6: 11           Nehemiah had it rough. His passion was to rebuild; the distractions and opposition along the way were relentless. First, since Israel’s enemies hated the idea of the Hebrews regaining their city’s fortification, they tried every trick in the book – mocking, threats, slander – to keep Jerusalem’s walls from going up. Second, in the midst of rebuilding he discovered that some wealthy Israelites were exploiting their own brethren through high interest mortgages; some had also intermarried Continue Reading

Robin Williams and the Dark Plunge

Robin Williams

(I’m reposting this message with a few updates in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, Continue Reading