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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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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We’re Coming Back

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Hey guys! We know it has been a while since we’ve posted at RefineUs. Just wanted you to know we haven’t forgotten about you. We have been traveling a lot the past few weeks and don’t want our posts to be leftovers, but rather an overflow of what God is doing in our lives. We’ll be back tomorrow with a new post and hopefully back in a rhythm for the…

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5 Mistakes Many Young Couples Make Part 2

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Yesterday I shared part one of two about the small, insignificant mistakes many couples make early in marriage. It isn’t that the mistakes are big, it is that if left unidentified over time, they become obstacles to the marriage God has in mind. You can read part one HERE. Today I want to share part two. No marriage is perfect. Every married couple will make mistakes. How well we recognize…

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5 Mistakes Many Young Couples Make Part 1

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Mistakes in any marriage are inevitable. No one is perfect so naturally two imperfect people spending their lives together has the predicability of mistakes. But there are some mistakes that carry heavier weight than others. There are some mistakes that start small when you first get married but have a snowball effect the longer we’re married. The mistakes we make in marriage have the potential to be used to help…

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Disconnected

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We are really pumped to be heading to Florida today to spend the week on spring break with our boys. We will be disconnecting from our blog, from email and from phone calls. We are counting time with our oldest son by the amount of breaks, vacations and holidays we have left with him before he goes to college…including this week, we have 3 spring breaks left. We’ll miss you…

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Seasons

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Over the past couple of months Justin and I have been on an intense travel schedule. It’s a season our whole family has spent almost a year preparing for. Over the past six weeks I have slept in eight different hotels and spoken over twenty times. I have gone from being a stay-at-home mom, working only part-time to working over-time. There’s been a lot of adjusting for us as a couple and…

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It’s Only a Season

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A phrase I’ve historically said to Trish when our life is busy and our schedule is full is, “Don’t worry, it’s only a season.” For the first ten years of our marriage and ministry, I would wear this phrase out. As a pastor, this phrase came out around Easter or Christmas or the launch of a new ministry or a building program. Saying, “It’s only a season” in my mind…

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Remember the Past, But Don’t Live In It

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I spent most of my Christian life feeling like God was getting a pretty good deal with me. I accepted Christ at church camp when I was 10 years old because the speaker told us if we didn’t we would go to hell. I didn’t want to go to hell, so I raised my hand. I grew up in church, went to Bible college and became a pastor. God saved…

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