You know what… it’s OK to love the church. (VIDEO)

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The church has come under fire these days, drawing harsh words from critics and bloggers every time a celebrity pastor fails. On one hand, I understand these critics... there are problems in the church, and there's no mystery as to why - the church is filled with people who hurt others. We call these people "sinners," and each local church is full of them. So, on one hand, I understand the frustration.Yet, the church is the place that God, in His goodness, gave us in order that we could live … [Read more...]

Do men want isolation? At least one does…

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Deep in the Amazon jungle lives an isolated man, the lone survivor of a remote tribe. He subsists on wild hogs, spider monkeys, and various plants. Nobody knows the name of his tribe or what language he speaks. What Brazilian officials do know, however, is that he is completely alone. He is the last of his people, and for the past fifteen years, at least, he has been considered by most to be the most isolated man in the world. After about ten years of failed attempts, Brazil’s government field a … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]

Dealing With The Holiday Blues

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The holiday season seems to bring out the blue in all of us. I see it every year – shortly after Thanksgiving, and through the celebrations of the New Year, people struggle with a heaviness of heart. It’s virtually impossible to determine why. Yet, we try. Is it the solar index? Is it the bad news we’ve heard from doctors, family members, or employers? Or is it a failing relationship or unmet expectations for life? It’s hard to sort out sometimes. Whatever makes you blue, here are a few ideas to … [Read more...]

Orphan Sunday

Today is Orphan Sunday! Please join me in praying for children around the world who are in need. We call them the "fatherless" or the "orphan"...but this ALSO includes nearly a half million children who are in the United States foster care system. According to HHS, "On September 30, 2010, there were an estimated 408,425 children in foster care."To donate or get involved, please check out the Christian Alliance For Orphans website. They have a resource page of trusted agencies. Also, please … [Read more...]

Does Big Government Make Neighbors Superfluous?

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I’d rather have a homemade loaf of bread from my neighbor than a loaf of whole grain Wonder bread from the Government. One type of care has a federal stamp on it. The other has a heart beating within it.We talk about whether we want “big government” or “small government” as if we’re talking about what carpet to put in our living room. But the issue could not be more personal. I realize that government controlled social programs are complex, nuanced issues, but I think we need to look at what … [Read more...]


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