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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The Quickest Way to Recapture Joy

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I had the opportunity on Tuesday to spend some time with a group of church planters and their wives. Lots of people have big dreams, but none bigger than church planters. They dream about things only God can make happen. It was huge honor for me to be with them. As I was driving home, I couldn’t help but think about how I love church planting now, but had little…

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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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So Long Public Opinion

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I (Justin) have received some pretty harsh criticism online the past few days. I’ve tried to pretend it away like it hasn’t bothered me, but it has stung pretty bad.  This morning, God brought to mind a blog post I wrote three years ago, that gave me a dose of perspective. I hope it speaks to you today. The truth is we don’t have to live to impress anyone. Let’s…

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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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Always Room for Hope

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Sometimes the best gifts we can give to others are words. Words are powerful. They can build us up or tear us down. Sometimes words can even bring healing like a gentle rain to a parched field. Below is a video of one my (Trisha) dearest friends, Eve, interviewing her mom. Carolyn Annunziato has been battling cancer and is now at home with hospice. But don’t let the words cancer…

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10 Things I Believe and Why

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As parents, Trish and I are constantly picking up after our kids. If we aren’t picking up after them, we are getting on them to pick up after themselves. Pick up your towel. Pick up your cereal bowl. Pick up your socks. Pick up your shoes. They have a natural talent of leaving things behind. They are truly gifted in this area. The other night I came into our bedroom…

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What It’s Not About

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What if I told you that your greatest struggle, your most repeated sin (the one you have promised yourself and God you’ll never do again, but you keep on doing it) is probably only a symptom of a much bigger deal in your life? In our story, the affair gets all the attention; has all the shock value and raises all the questions. But the truth is it was only…

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