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Crawling Around Blind

Almost four weeks ago, our Miniature Australian Shepherd had six extremely cute puppies. It was my first experience at watching puppies being born. I am so grateful for today's technology and information that can be accessed from a device that can sit in the palm of my hand. I had studied, was ready for the delivery day, and now can add "mid-husband" to my resume. For th...

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Wait

It was a nice day, so I was driving with my window down when I came to the red light at the intersection of Washington and Davis. I guess my radio wasn't as loud as usual giving me the ability to hear a lady's voice say, "Wait." She annoyingly kept saying it over and over. Was she talking to me? I looked around trying to see if there was a mom who was persistently tellin...

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Opening Doors and Hearts

Sadly, we often believe that the church exists for us and for those who are most like us. However, if WE are the church, then we must fight against the thought that we exist for ourselves. If this ever becomes our mantra, then the church becomes a social club, a narcissistic, inwardly focused organization filled withindividuals who feel good about themselves by promoting s...

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One Little Brown Shoe

It has been there for months. I see it every time I exit the church's parking lot. I am not sure as to how the little, brown, Velcro-strapped shoe got there; but I am positive that it is not serving the purpose for which it was made. It lies on dry, dormant grass with no feeling of anything inside. It has been rained on, sun beaten, wind-blown, frostbitten, and probably sn...

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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 lava ooz...

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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 recognize th...

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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 look to where G...

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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 technology. It ...

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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 contr...

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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 through the window ...

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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, donut-shaped objects on...

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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 and happy days here at ...

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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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