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God Wrote A Book

Over the past 11 years, there has been no ministry that has built into my life as a believer and pastor more than Desiring God – the ministry and preaching of John Piper. I have listened to hundreds of sermons, watched tons of videos, and read a good amount of the books that they have provided – all of this …

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Drawing Out Deep Waters

This verse in Proverbs chapter 20 is a part of a larger section of proverbs that deals with the discerning the character of people. Solomon was the master of reading people because God has given him a unique gift of wisdom – and even Solomon reminds us here that the heart of a man is deep waters. Now, what does …

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What Does Jesus Say About Money?

For the past several weeks I have been preparing for a sermon on generosity and I have been amazed at all of the different ways Jesus talks about money/resources and how they affect our lives. Talking about money in church has always been an issue for a lot of reasons that I’m not going to deal with. But at the …

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To Tithe or Not to Tithe

I’m preaching about generosity at my church this weekend and money always stirs up lots of questions: Should I tithe? what is a tithe? Where do we get that idea? How much should I give? Where should I give? Do I live to lavishly? I know full well that my sermon this weekend will not be able to deal with …

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Parents, School is Not That Important

Okay – so I may have pulled a little bait and switch with the title. School is important. In fact – I like school. My wife teaches school. I’m currently going to big kid school. I’m a big fan of education in general. Going to school, working hard, and doing your best are important. Education helps us hone our gifts so that …

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I Work With Messy People (and I love it)

At our staff meeting this morning one of the members of our staff shared some things from their life – hard things that have caused pain and have brought tears. Later I shared with them some of the choices that I have made in the past, the lessons that I have learned, and the grace that I have received. One …

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Prayers for Streetsboro

On the last Thursday of every month, our staff meeting involves an extended time of prayer. This month the focus is on our communities. I’m unique within our staff as I’m the only one from way out in the Boro. So while others are out among the communities, I thought it might be encouraging to just put down my prayers …

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I Surrender – A Conversation With My Son About Hand-Raising

My son is always curious about song lyrics. He is a listener. Even at 6, he want to know what things mean and why song writers write the things that they do. At summer camp with our youth group this year, we sang “Only One Standing” by Tim Timmons . (go buy this album – it’s awesome) The lyric says, …

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I’ll Fight the Bear

A few nights ago I went on a hike with my son. It is a lot of fun hanging out with him, enjoying nature, and having conversations that are all over the map. Last night he asked what would happen if lions, tigers, and bears attacked us. I explained that this was not going to happen because lions and tigers did …

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

  If you are like me, every third post on your Facebook timeline is another video of someone dumping ice water on their heads. But why? The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What is ALS you might ask? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain …