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A LION, A DENTIST, AND THE REAL PREDATOR WE NEED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR

Last week I watched as social media was set ablaze by the story of a dentist who shot a lion in Africa. It was apparently a special lion for a number of different reasons, but that’s beside the point. I watched as people who probably never even heard of Cecil the lion were outraged at his death. Men and women were calling for the death of the dentist that shot him. They were calling for his business to be shut down, which it eventually had to be. They wanted his family to suffer just as Cecil the lion suffered.

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I would venture to guess that many of these same people would categorize themselves as Christians, or followers of Christ.… Read the rest

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Your Marriage

IS TECHNOLOGY KILLING INTIMACY? (5 QUESTION TEST)

You’re sitting only a couple inches apart, but yet in reality you both are miles away. You both stare into the little blue screen in front of you typing and scrolling furiously in an attempt to keep up with emails, text messages, and the latest updates in the social stream. You have movies on demand, music on demand, as well as instant “connection” to hundreds if not thousands of people through social media streams. But is all this technology and connectedness killing intimacy where it matters most: at home?

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My wife and I are regularly on our phones. If it’s not a phone call, it might be an email or a text conversation with a client, or even the most notorious time and intimacy killer Facebook.… Read the rest

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Your Marriage

3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T FALL IN LOVE

Love. The word you hear thrown around about anything from pizza to a best friend, or from your dog to your spouse. How may times have you heard someone say they “fell in love?” Falling in love is what makes movie popular, people smile, and the birds sing. Ok, maybe not the birds sing, but hey that’s what happens in the movies right?! Falling in love is dumb, and let me explain 3 reasons you shouldn’t fall in love.

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Fall In Love

Reason 1: If You “Fall In Love”, You Can “Fall Out Of Love”

The first reason you shouldn’t “fall in love” is just that. You fell into it, almost like you fell in a hole. “Falling in love” makes it sound like it was an uncontrolled event in your life.… Read the rest

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OUR ADDICTION TO LABELS AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BODY

In every avenue of life, whether you’re at the grocery store, church, or walking down the street our lives revolve around labels. I would venture to say we have an addiction to labels, and that addiction is destroying the body of Christ.

Our Addiction To Labels

We label people black, white, or Hispanic, smart, dumb, skinny, fat, crazy, or weird. We label church-goers Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, non-denominational, or any other label on the list of literally thousands of denominations. We label churches as the black church or the Spanish church. We have an addiction to label anyone and everything we come into contact with.

The problem with these labels though is that we have failed to find the story. The label, no matter how much we want to deny it, produces a set of preconceived notions within our minds.… Read the rest

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Your Daily Walk

HOW TO FIND BALANCE IN AN UNBALANCED WORLD

In today’s day and age it’s easy to get run ragged. Our schedules quickly become over-stuffed with work, kids activities, church activities, this fundraiser and that fundraiser, school, and any other laundry list of items that have to be done. The problem comes when we lose balance and fall off the edge. So how do you find balance in an unbalanced world?

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I remember as a child playing on the teeter-totter. There were two games that we usually played. One game was to push as hard as you could to force the other person to the ground, and catapulting you into the air.

The other game was to try and balance the teeter totter just right in the middle with your feet off the ground.… Read the rest

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SEASONS OF THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Just as our physical world regularly changes seasons: spring to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, so the cycle goes in our Christian walk. Though the cycles may not be as precise as our calendar, every follower of Christ will walk through varying seasons throughout his or her journey.

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The seasons may come once or multiple times. They may involve death or new life. The seasons may be painful or joyous, or it may be a season of rest or one of work. In all of it Christ is leading you and I to a deeper revelation of Himself. The best input on this comes from Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes:

There is an appointed time for everything.

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Your Marriage

THIS IS NOT THE WAY YOU STARTED –
WHAT WENT WRONG?

Think back if you will to when you and your spouse were dating, engaged, and first married. You laughed, you smiled, you treated each other like a king or queen. Now, there is fighting, bickering, nagging, screaming matches, and maybe at times disgust. But, you didn’t start this way. So what happened?

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Maybe you have been married for 5, 10, or 20 years, or maybe somewhere in between or beyond. Somewhere along the way something changed. You started out loving each other, but now your love has turned apathetic and complacent. The fighting became normal. The attitudes became part of your interaction.

What should be a normal conversation is made into an argument because tensions are high. What started as a simple question gets answered with a snappy response.… Read the rest

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A $5 IDEA TO HELP THE HOMELESS (WITHOUT GIVING CASH)

You see them on corners with signs asking for money. You see them outside of convenience stores. You see them curled up under a bridge as you make the turn around on the highway. Men and women just like you and I, living on the streets.

I have never really felt comfortable giving cash to homeless people except on a few occasions. You may not either. So, here is an idea that my wife and I came up with to help the homeless without giving them cash.

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Photo Credit: Charlie O’Hay via Compfight cc

After living in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Austin, and Amarillo I have seen literally hundreds if not thousands of homeless people. I have also seen some of those said homeless people get out of a vehicle and walk over to the corner with their sign.… Read the rest

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