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One year down, a lifetime to go.

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Scout will be two in a few months….but today is a milestone. One year ago today, we gathered in the Zoe’s House conference room to finalize his adoption.  Our friend and Zoe Staffer Christina Styles served as the notary under the direction of a Florida county judge. It was a good day to close out…

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Starting Well

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Much is made of finishing well – of getting to the end of a project, a plan or even a life with the sense that you have done all you could to make it successful.    Even so, sometimes we are not set up to finish well because we started so poorly. Admitting that January 1 is…

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Where I’ve Been

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I’ve been away from the blog for good long while.  It’s not like I’ve never taken time off from it before, but usually it’s been intentional and for a few weeks.   This break has been since September…and it feels like it was just a few days, because this fall has flown by. So where’ve I…

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Retracing America’s Covenant Roots

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Written by Kelsey Bohlender, originally posted at DutchSheets.org “I have tapped into the root of mercy.” That moving phrase rang forth from Dutch in the dream of a Colorado intercessor. Just 3 days prior to the tour, while watching the Appeal to Heaven Conference online, a prophetic pastor in Missouri saw coins raining down all…

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Ozzy, Bieber and the Church

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  Let me start with the disclaimers.   I am not a Justin Beiber fan.  I am not in his target demographic.  I know little to nothing about him other than the fact that he has an amazing voice and, like many young people who find success before character is fully developed, has made some…

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The Lifetime of an Opportunity

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Leonard Ravenhill, the fiery British evangelist, was known for boiling profound thoughts into a few bite sized words. A friend of both A.W. Tozer and pioneering musician Keith Green, Ravenhill managed to speak the message of God in the vernacular of the people. He said more in ten words than some say in a thousand.…

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Breaking the Cycle

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“I want to break the cycle.” Those six, powerful words came from a frightened young woman. Jill* was a college student pregnant by a man she saw no future with, her education derailed and her ability to provide for herself now in jeopardy. Even more devastating for her, she saw her present situation as a…

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Hillcrest Covenant Church

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Recently I spoke at Hillcrest Covenant Church – this is the first of a two part series on Philippians 1. HCC-PV-8-14-16-Sermon-TV from Hillcrest Covenant Church on Vimeo.

God’s Long Game

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One of my favorite scenes in the movie ‘Brother, Where Art Thou’ is when Ulysess Everett McGill – played by George Clooney – and his gang are trapped in the hay loft of a barn.  They’re surrounded by sherriff’s deputies who are dousing the old barn with gasoline and preparing to burn it down in order to capture…

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When Kings Don’t Lead

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David’s sin is widely known today.  His fling with Bathsheba, his plotting the death of her husband, and his exposure by the prophet Nathan have been preached up one side and down the other to the point that it’s hard to imagine that at one time, it wasn’t a part of his story at all.…

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