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My Favorite Books of 2019

This past year, 2019, was a weird one. It began in utter darkness and hopelessness. I was in year six of a chronic illness. I had lost everything and had no reason to believe things would change. But things did change. I won’t go into the hows and whys. I …

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish

Suffering is life’s greatest teacher. I don’t know why this is true. But it is. For the last five-plus years, I have been suffering’s reluctant student. I am still inching out of the darkness of a chronic illness, and I haven’t unearthed all the lessons learned. But one lesson presented …

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Out of the Darkness, Into the Life

Life is weird. I could use a different word there, a more truthful one. Maybe I should. In my mind, I already have. But I’ve been out for a while, so I’ll keep it between the lines. I lived like a normal human most of my days. I graduated college, …

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Does God Love Introverts?

I wish I were an extrovert. My wife, Tiffani, is an extrovert. She has so much energy, enough for two normal humans and probably enough for three or four low-functioning ones. She thrives in group settings. She is magnetic. She can plan big, fun gatherings and parties. She is intentional …

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5 Reasons You Really Need To Slow Down

In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These experts believed technological innovations, satellites, and robotics would present a big problem for the American workplace in the years to come. The problem? People would have too much free time. Here’s a quote from the …

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AMEN (Advent – Day 25)

SCRIPTURE Luke 1:38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. THOUGHTS Amen. I’m not sure any other word has meant more to me the last six months or so. For thirty-plus years, amen was just …

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CHOICE (Advent – Day 24)

SCRIPTURES Colossians 1:15-20 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see …

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LESS IS MORE (Advent – Day 23)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-7 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King …

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SUFFERING (Advent – Day 22)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:13-18 “After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to …