I Want to Be a Failure

How often do you hear someone say that? Personally, I’ve never heard it. I’ve certainly never said it, either. I think every human being on earth wants to be successful. Even little kids don’t want to fail. One of my friends, a first grade […]

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Outward Behavior vs. Inward Transformation

It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. (Galatians 6:15) I hate to admit it, but I used to spend a substantial amount of time trying to get my children […]

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

As I think back now, I am disgusted by the hypocrisy that has drenched my past. During my teen years a normal day for me would consist of: laughing and smiling as the “straight-​​​​A-​​​​president of the student body,” singing my heart out as the […]

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The First “I Love You”

“We love because he first loved us.” —John 4:19 I remember the day my dad first told me that he loved me. He sat in the worn recliner, crying. His father was dying. At eighteen, I didn't know what to say so […]

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Filled to the Brim

Shortly after Jesus was baptized, he attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee. Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a party, and I imagine Him laughing, mingling, and having a good old time with His friends. On day three of the […]

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Middle C Doesn’t Change

Madeline has a piano recital in a couple of weeks. She wanted to play her piece for me. It was a beautiful start. Somewhere in the middle it took a shift. She checked the key signature and the timing — both on target. She was using […]

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