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LAST DAY to win FREE (biblical & practical) STUFF!

Just a quick note to remind you all that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to complete my survey and have a chance to win SUPER COOL (biblical & practical) BIBLICAL PEACEMAKING STUFF. I’m going to give away AT LEAST one $79 Leader’s PeacePack and some other fun stuff too! Surveys received after midnight today will still be used for my …

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Dr. Doriani on Discipline

In his book, ‘The Life of a God-Made Man,’ Dr. Dan Doriani says this: ‘Discipline is the process in which bigger sinners attempt to convince little sinners to mend their wicked ways.’ I’m thinking about this quote a lot now as I read over the surveys that continue to come in and I learn how most churches do not practice …

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FLASHBACK And frustration over my similar response.)

This week, as I was checking my boss and me into our hotel, I had the strangest déjà vu experience. It was like I was back in 2000 checking my (then) boss and me into our hotel … and the same stupid thing happened: The hotel got pretty much everything wrong with the reservation. (We were supposed to have club …

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Dr. Stephen J. Nichols on Jonathan Edwards & Pleasure

Recently, World Magazine had a fascinating interview with Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School professor Stephen J. Nichols. The topic was his new book, Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edward’s Vision of Living in Between. The article contained so many pithy quotes that I’m sure I’d be violating some copyright law if I were to try to capture them all, …

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Not being a terror …

I recently read a short column in a magazine that reflected on a certain well-known Christian who writes and says quite ‘barbed’ criticisms of people. Thinking back on how I used to be very mean-spirited and critical myself, I was particularly struck by the closing quote in this article. Apparently, Pastor John Robinson (pastor to the Pilgrims) was ‘saddened when …

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THANK YOU for taking care of us …

Yesterday at the gym, I saw a young man working out incredibly hard. He had muscles upon muscles but not in that (I think sort of strange) way that ‘body builders’ do … he was just INCREDIBLY strong. Normally, I would assume that he is just really into fitness; or maybe he is (sadly) caught up in the worldliness of …

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Joel Belz on ‘Tender Toughness’ …

In a recent issue of World Magazine (do you subscribe yet? It’s fantastic!), Joel Belz had a fantastic column on ‘Tender Toughness: It’s the kind of authority you’ve wanted ever since you were a kid.’ I was blessed by the entire column, but consider just a few excerpts/summary statements from the article: – (Quoting an editorial in the Wall Street …

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It sounds so stupid when you say it out loud …

For some reason, Sophia woke up at 5:30AM today. WIDE awake and ready to start the day. Fred and I lingered in bed while she brought in books and toys and played around us … and we just enjoyed a slow (albeit early) start to the day. At one point in our conversation, I literally said to Fred: “So, do …

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Can you believe this?!?!

You know I travel a lot, right? Can you believe what I saw recently? And then, I couldn’t believe it when I saw this: Wow! Who’d a thunk it? (Fun stuff, eh?) 🙂 !! (Oh, and many thanks to Barbara Curtis for suggesting this fun site on her blog!)

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Why is it SO hard to forgive the little stuff?

Do you ever find it almost EASIER to forgive “big stuff” than to forgive little, annoying stuff that really doesn’t matter anyway? Case in point … our neighbor is a nice little elderly widow whom we like a lot. She has a professional lawn care company come in once a week or so to mow her lawn and keep her …

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