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Snuggling Up To A Thorn Bush

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Reading through Judges this morning, I came across an interesting passage that seemed to stand up off the page wearing current clothes and holding today’s newspaper. In Judges 9, there is talk of making Abimelech the king.  It’s a conspiratorial story with lots of twists, but once Abimelech emerges from the smoke filled room with…

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Too much of a good thing

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Judges 7:2 bugs me, because as a leader and former pastor, the idea that there are too many people involved in something just sets me at odds with everything I think I know. Can there be too many people involved in a good thing? I have always loved cars.  There’s a phrase among car guys…

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Happy Father’s Day

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Sunday is Father’s Day and once again I’m reflecting on a man long gone but certainly not forgotten.  My dad went to be with the Lord twenty years ago, but still looms large in my thoughts and hopefully, my character. Dad really came from another era.  While he would have loved our house full of…

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Courage to Fix Things

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A beeping erupts in our kitchen at 10:11am.   Every day. The beep comes from one of Zion’s two sports watches that hang on the key rack.  The repetition is well on it’s way to driving us mad. Why two watches, and why is one beeping? Last year when Zion started working as a soccer ref,…

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Declare Your Intentions Now

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In Deuteronomy, the Lord is speaking to the people as they are on the verge of entering the Promised Land.  It has not been an easy road.  At times, things have been so hard that people would fondly reminisce about their days of slavery. There, with the worst behind them and standing on the edge…

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Rules of Disengagement

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This is not a dramatic announcement about quitting Facebook because it’s full of haters and cat videos.  First off, I’m not so much quitting as I am intentionally disengaging, and if it were the haters and cat videos, I would have quit long ago. I invited a friend for coffee the other day for no…

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What We’re Pro

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Nearing a year into this journey of launching Zoe’s House, I find that we are a lot busier than we were a few months ago.  Staff members are bouncing between meetings in and out of the office and our phone rings far more than it did in the early days.   Adoptive families and expectant mothers…

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When Timing Is RIght

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I tend to shy away from using the word “season” in the spiritual-life context, because it’s more often intoned by those who are in a situation that they’re tired of but can’t get out. Christian A:  “Sorry things are so hard right now….”. Christian B:  “Well, you know, it’s a season I’m in….”. Maybe, maybe…

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I’ve heard the phrase “Don’t be clever, be clear.”  Which is kind of clever in itself and begs the question, “Why can’t we be both?”  Granted, if you are forced at gunpoint to choose, go with clarity, but if you’re given the freedom…I say we try. When treated correctly, humor is a public speaker’s friend.…

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Trust Issues

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I wandered the hallway of our ranch style house last night with a cranky baby in my arms.  I’m not sure what Scout’s problem was.  Even when he’s awake at night, he’s rarely fussy, but last night he was making a stink about life in general. Some time around 4:30am, I tapped out and Kelsey…

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