Splitting the Sea

Fearing Church Planting

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I have done the youth ministry thing for over ten years. It was fun and it became comfortable. Students are teachable, moldable, and open. The teenage drama, while a real thing, is simple and straight forward. Adults, however, have mastered the art of backstabbing while they smile at you. Adults are stubborn, frustrating, and set in their ways. So planting a church is perhaps the worst idea ever. And, to be honest, what scares me the most is me and not adults. I have grown comfortable with being in the …

Shadows of Secrets Past

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“Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,     and in whose spirit there is no deceit” Psalm 32:2 A lie is a secret hidden behind a story. The story could be words, a shrug, an outburst, a lifestyle, or silence. It is the clothing we wear (or don’t), the product we hold in pride, the reaction we have when criticized, or the silent refusal of stepping out when called upon. Lying can both be proactive and reactive: we sell a bag of goods we are not or protect the real bag …

Sunrise on mountain road "If you’re searching for God’s presence, find someone without a tunic."

Making God show up

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Every night we read to our children from the Read-N-Grow Picture Bible and, every once in a while, it catches me off guard. It does a pretty good job of covering most of the Bible but it obviously it has to condense quite a bit. This could sound like a weakness but it actually is its strength. I have discovered patterns and themes from a child’s picture bible that I had not noticed before. Sometimes they are big and span chapters – other times they are short and only cover a few …

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Epistle to the Hebrews – Infographic

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My church recently preached through Hebrews and I made a infographic thingy for our sermon series. And I thought I would make my info thingy available as a free download (link below to a 8000 pixel wide graphic). You also may listen to our Hebrews series, of which I preached a couple of weeks, here. While I hope this would be relatively explanatory, I assume that you would need to trace the lines, look up the verses (in their context), and maybe even listen to our sermons to understand and appreciate the graphic. At …

A Brief Rumination: Sprinkled

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From chapter 7 to chapter 10, Hebrews is moving us into the Holy of Holies as Jesus does the work of a priest making atonement for the people. We are then invited to also enter through the veil into the Holy of Holies but the veil has become our high priest’s torn body (Hebrews 10:20). Every year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a high priest would enter through the veil into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a goat and bull and sprinkle the Ark of the Covenant. In …

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Forgiving Dad

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  Recently, I hurt my 5-year-old son, Micaiah. Something I had repeatedly told him not to do I thought he had done. He is in that stage of perfecting his skill of deception. So obviously any response he gave could not be trusted.  I yelled in his face while waving my finger threateningly between his eyes and then swatted his butt…a little harder than I should had. Sobbing, tears trickling down his pale cheeks from his bloodshot baby blue eyes, he still insisted he didn’t do it. Isaiah, my 4-year-old, lumbered into the room …

Adam and Eve hiding

Stories in My Head

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My first blog post was on November 26 of 2015. I have since posted 12 other articles. Writing on a public platform has brought back to my attention a few of my insecurities. You know those times when you think you have finally moved past a specific issue and then you enter a new situation and that old thing rears its ugly head yet again, be it fear, addiction, anger, lack of trust, or whatever other ailment that plagues you? Perhaps this is just an experience limited to my existence, …

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1950’s Economic Theory

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This is from an article written in 1955 by Victor Lebow, Economic Theorist and Marketing Consultant describing the consumer and our economy. I will allow this segment to speak for itself. “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfactions, our ego satisfactions, in consumption. The measure of social status, of social acceptance, of prestige, is now to be found in our consumptive patterns. The very meaning and significance …

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Be Desperate

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“Tender, heartfelt worship is hard for a person who thinks of himself as having arrived. No one celebrates the presence and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ more than the person who has embraced his desperate and daily need of it.” – Paul Tripp (Dangerous Calling, pg. 23)