Chase the Lion (Book Review)

“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s too small”, so says Mark Batterson in his newest book, Chase the Lion.  All of us have dreams and aspirations.  Sometimes we are just afraid to chase the dream because of what it will cost.  Other times, because of life’s circumstances, we allow the dream to die.  Chase

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give me that old time religion

Please Don’t Give Me That Old Time Religion!

Often in Facebook dialogues, I see someone say something to the effect of, “Our church preaches the old time Gospel, and we sing the old time songs.  We all need to get back to the old time religion.” When I hear things like that I cringe. What they mean is that they want us to

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Bad Choices

Overcoming Bad Choices and Their Consequences

Choices are something that we make on a daily basis.  Of course, the objective is to make wise and good choices.  Unfortunately, at times, we make bad choices.  The thing about choices is that they all have consequences. Every choice you make will have a positive or negative effect on your life.  It is true

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Don't Sacrifice Your Present

Don’t Sacrifice Your Present on an Altar of Your Past

An altar is a place of sacrifice and worship.  In the Old Testament, people would bring offerings to sacrifice upon the altar for various reasons.  In modern times, many churches have an altar at the front of the church, not for sacrifices, but for prayer.  I remember the church I grew up in had an

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At Jesus' Table

Politics At Jesus’ Table

Jesus made room at his table for everyone, including those on opposite ends of thought.  At Jesus’ table, everyone has a place and everyone is equal.  I can imagine that the discussions that went on among his disciples were pretty lively at times, especially between two of them — Matthew, the tax collector and Simon,

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All Lives

All Lives Do Not Matter

We’ve all seen the Facebook posts and the pictures flooding social media:  Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter started after Black Lives Matter.  It was, in my opinion, a way of saying that black lives do matter but not more so than any other life. The question remains, though,

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Theres only us

There is no us vs. them…..it’s just US!

In light of all the recent shootings that have taken place in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, our country is in an uproar. And, rightly so.  My heart aches for my country and specifically for all those involved in these situations.  Facebook is full of opposing commentary of these events. Blue Lives Matter! Black Lives

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How To Survive a Shipwreck (review)

Ever now and then there comes along a book that speaks to the deepest levels of the human spirit.  Jonathan Martin does just that in his newest book, How to Survive a Shipwreck.  With the musings of a poet, the heart of a pastor and the insights of a prophet, Martin masterfully shares the story

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Why You Can't Set

Why You Can’t Set Your Value

The value of an item is determined by two people – the buyer and the seller.  The buyer actually has more weight in this equation because they are the ones that are handing over money for the item.  If the buyer feels that the item is worth the asking price, then they will pay for

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Let LOVE be

Will You Let Love Be Your Primary Response?

I read a book last year, recommended by a friend, entitled Love Does, by Bob Goff.  It made a huge impact on me because the author lives his life with love being his primary response.  Whenever someone is mean to him or treats him poorly he tries to imagine the best scenario as to why they

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