Jesus

Jesus Lessons from the Starbucks Drive-thru

It’s early on Christmas Eve and we’re headed to a church service. There’s a short line at Starbucks so we drive in and order our favorite drinks. As we round the corner of the building, there’s an old beat-up Toyota Corolla pulling away. I roll down the window and hear, “Sir, your total is $8.32…

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happy wife

Our Most Controversial Post: The Happy Wife Pledge

Of the 500+ posts we’ve written, none drew more comments and controversy than the “Happy Wife Pledge.” A lot of guys laugh at the phrase “happy wife, happy life” and even if it’s not always true, it’s useful. I believe men heavily influence the quality of their marriages. Rather than dive into all the negative…

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Learned

10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part II)

You can read 10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part I) here. On Monday, I wrote about the importance of reflecting on the past year to distill things you learned. I even suggested praying and asking God to help you. To conclude, here’s “Part II” my ‘learnings’ from 2016 . . . Our modern-day existence…

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Learned

10 Things I Learned in 2016 (Part I)

As the year comes to a close, it’s become an annual tradition for me to spend time reflecting on what I’ve learned. Here’s the first five of my top ten ‘learnings’ from 2016 . . . Sometimes in our efforts to understand God we can end up redefining Him. We don’t mean to but we…

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The Family Table

Over the next few days, most of us will sit down at a table to gorge ourselves on some of the best food in the world. Those with large families remember the chaos, the tastes and smells, the storytelling and the outbursts of laughter from growing up. Those meals seemed to take forever when we…

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It Is What It Is

It is what it is and it ain’t what it ain’t It’s life and it’s love and it ain’t gonna change It’s a beautiful mess I don’t wanna miss – Uncle Kracker I doubt my theology lines up with Uncle Kracker­­­­­­­’s, but there’s useful truth here. I keep getting hung up on what’s not instead…

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burden

There is No Heavier Burden Than a Great Opportunity

Years ago, someone bought a bunch of billboards on an interstate we travel often. With no reference to a company or a cause, the billboards simply said . . . “There is no heavier burden than a great opportunity.” Obviously that struck me. What is my heavy burden? I don’t want to miss out on my great…

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life

Why Your Life Matters . . .

In God’s grand scheme, you’ve been uniquely chosen to be a disciple-maker. Yep . . . you! He introduced Himself to you, let you feel His love and experience His forgiveness. He did all this, not just for you, but so He could help others through you. He came into your life so you could…

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Are You a Disciple?

I’m reading a pre-release copy of a book written by a new friend, Dr. Bobby Harrington. If you cut Bobby, he bleeds discipleship. In fact, he’s one of the few people who’ve taken the time to define it. Disciple: A disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is committed to…

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imagination

Why Imagination Matters

I’m not a ‘fantasy’ guy. Never finished a Harry Potter book . . . never read or saw The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But when Reggie Joiner explained the connection between imagination and empathy, he got my attention. He said, “Encouraging imaginative thinking in your kids can help them be more empathetic when they…

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