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Flip It Over

Caleb was in town so we went out for a family breakfast. I must admit, breakfast may be my favorite meal of the day… if it is past 8 am. Cade ordered pancakes which is typically his standard order from the breakfast menu. The flapjacks, hot off the grill, came to the table inviting a spread of butter to be lathered on and a flood of syrup to overflow the sides like ...

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A New Song

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3 There is incredible power in song. I am so very thankful for a church that lifts Him up when we meet together. Whether we sing a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song (Eph. 5:19), our voices proclaiming His goodness magnifies the Lord as we recogn...

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Losing the Training Wheels

One of the greatest experiences that I have had as a dad has been to teach my boys how to ride a bicycle. There comes a day when the training wheels must come off, and you run beside the two-wheeled vehicle with one hand on the handle bars and the other on the back of the seat. You intermittently loosen your grip to make sure that your child is keeping his balance. Then fi...

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The Latest Worship War - part 2

So does worship and my response to God’s goodness have more to do with me than the atmosphere of the room? Does a congregation’s lack of singing have more to do with the people of God and the worship leadership than the selection of songs? Could it be that in an attempt to diagnose reasons for the lack of participation, we need to look beyond aesthetics and loo...

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The Latest Worship War

Worship wars aren’t new. They have been around for centuries. They have often been centered around the Christian community’s time of corporate, congregational singing. It has involved debates that have included, but not limited to, instrumentation, hymns, choruses, choirs, praise teams, projected lyrics, standing, sitting, volume, and uses of multimedia and tec...

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Storms

Having moved to Oklahoma, I have a new respect for storms and wind. A day can change in a matter of minutes; weather patterns vary from day to day; and one would be extremely wise to take tornado warnings very seriously.Storms are a part of life. No one is storm proof. There’s not a safe room that can be built around us that will protect us from things outside of our...

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The Kitchen Window

I like a window above the kitchen sink. I guess the fondness stems from my childhood when I would look out the kitchen window, through our backyard, over our short, chain-link fence, between the sides of our backyard neighbors’ houses, to see the driveway of my best friend’s house. Didn’t even have to pick up the phone and call. All I had to do was look t...

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Weight

All of us carry it around. Some unwanted and trying to figure out a place for it to take residency while others desire to add pounds to the personal mass – to bulk up, add muscle, to be bigger and stronger. I have a good friend who says that he used to lift weights, but he quit because “those things are heavy!”Although a barbell loaded with circular, donu...

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Good Times

GOOD TIMES Do you remember the show? The sitcom that aired for six seasons from 1973-1979 and featured Jimmie “J.J.” Walker also known as “Kid Dyn-o-mite.” Another one of my favorites was watching Arthur Fonzarilli on Happy Days. Anyone who could hit a jukebox and make it play music was at the top of my cool list. The past year has been good times...

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Squirrel On A Wire

Squirrel on a Wire He seemed to be out of place. Walking along a thin cable with impeccable balance and probably uncertain as to where his rope would end. Placing four paws carefully one in front of the other and not looking back to the tree from where he had started the journey. He had left a safe, wood-covered appendage that felt right, comfortable and had some leaves t...

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