The Hardest Battle You Can Fight

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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.  E.E. Cummings There is a fear we all live with: What if who I am isn’t enough? What if who I really am is rejected by the people I value the most? What if…

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We Prefer People Lie Rather than Be Honest

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As Christians I think we’ve adopted a sliding scale of honesty. We look at situations in the news, with the IRS or other scandalous stories and we want to know the truth. We pound our fists and demand truth. The truth is supposed to win. The truth is supposed to set us free. But in the Church, I am not sure we’re comfortable with people being truthful. Authenticity has become…

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Desperate For God

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This past weekend, Trisha and I had the opportunity to speak at Parkview Christian Church. It is an amazing church and we were honored to spend the weekend with them. Sunday morning, we finished our message during the 9AM service and walked down to the front row of seating as the special music started. At that moment, something happened that has never happened to us in any environment. A man…

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Overcoming Burnout

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I’ve struggled with burnout several times and in several seasons of life and ministry. Some seasons of burnout were fixed by a vacation or a weekend away. Other seasons of burnout were accompanied by a deep depression and an inability on my part to “fix” it. A few months ago, I found myself in the latter place. Tired. Depressed. Unmotivated. Exhausted. Grouchy. Spiritually dry. I could feel it. Our book…

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The Most Important Thing You Can Give Your Kids

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A few months ago I felt God prompt me to get away with my boys for the weekend. So this past weekend the four of us went to Father/Son camp in Indiana through an organization called Mission Uprising. We had a blast. But God used the weekend to expose some things in me and some things in my relationship with my boys that need my attention. So today, I come to you not…

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Four Fears of the Workaholic

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A few weeks ago Trish and I were getting ready to go to bed and the tension in our room was thick. There had been no argument. There was no disagreement. But there was distance. Something was wrong. You could feel it. As we were laying there, I finally just said it, “What is the deal? What is wrong?” Silence. “Trish, please tell me.” “Okay. You are a workaholic. You…

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Seduced by the Stage

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I had the opportunity yesterday to speak at Cross Point. It is an honor to be able to speak at a church I love. After the service people were very kind and encouraging about the message, both in person and on Twitter. As I was leaving last night, I was reminded of a phrase that Trish and I learned several years ago that used to have a grip on my…

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A Few Months from Now

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Sin’s greatest strength is that it is relentless. It wears you down. It messes with your mind. It always over promises and under delivers. Sin doesn’t usually require you to make huge compromises or take giant leaps away from God…it lures you into tiny, unnoticeable, justifiable decisions.  It doesn’t always come against you with blatant lies; it just distorts and twists the truth. It hides, it compromises, it shades, and it bends….

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Strip Me of My Titles

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It was official yesterday…Lance Armstrong is no longer a winner of any Tour de France races. The president of the International Cycling Union said this about this “historic” day in cycling. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling, and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling.” The evidence is in. Lance Armstrong cheated. As he was winning races and winning our hearts he was doing it illegally. He was using…

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The Worst Thing to Do With Your Past

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Author Brennan Manning says this in his book, Abba’s Child: In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others. What if your past could be leveraged to heal? What if your greatest failures could help others avoid failure? What if…

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