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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What you don’t know is…

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It’s probably true that in every work or ministry setting, there is a bit of a gap between what people think happens….and what really happens.  Misconceptions are born in the vacuum of information, so I thought it would be fun to expose the truth behind Zoe’s House Adoptions. Here’s what you probably don’t know. Slack…

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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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