A Handshake with Darkness

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Yesterday in church one of our worship leaders, Pauline, shared a bit from her heart during one of the song transitions. She spoke of our “marriage” to Christ as believers, and how you abandon all other relationships once you find your true love in Jesus. She gave a call for us to break covenant with other distractions, other loves, but she used a phrase I’ve never heard and it has rattled in my head ever…

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I Can’t Shift Out Of Park

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A couple of days ago, my wife’s SUV decided to stop shifting out of park. We wrestled with it, checked fuses, stomped on the brakes, turned it off and on again – nothing. It would not budge except for the occasional “lucky” shift. We just had the transmission replaced last year so this little glitch made me nervous. I hit the owner’s manual and found a shift lock override feature as a temporary fix, then…

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Thoughts on Tipping

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Last week, we ate at a nice restaurant that I’d never been to before, and had exceptionally great service. It caused me to reflect back on my 6 years of waiting tables, and I had some thoughts that I felt are worth sharing, and may or may not be commonly well known.  Always go in to the meal planning on tipping 20%. That is the minimum base rate for acceptable service.  The tip will be…

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Why Your “Strength Finders” Don’t Matter

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Truthfully, they actually do matter…I exaggerated a bit to get your attention. Did it work? Good. I have, however, noticed a growing trend that bothers me enough to warrant a few paragraphs of my thoughts… In many circles, personality tests like Strength Finders, DISC, and others have gained traction over the years. Recently, we’ve been taught and urged to give these tests a lot of credit when making decisions and interacting with people. Full disclosure:…

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Celebrating Marriage

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A strong marriage is worth celebrating! Not a perfect marriage, not an instagram-worthy marriage, but a strong one in the midst of challenges and “I-didn’t-know-it-would-be-like-this” moments. Funny thing is, we start off marriage here in America with a huge planned party with friends and family (and sometimes people you don’t necessarily love but know they’ll bring the Vita-mix). We often rack up a ton of debt to throw this barn buster, pull out all the…

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Visiting with Lucifer

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“You’re kind of a geek, you’d like it! Check it out, it’s hilarious.” Based on the recommendation of a co-worker years ago, I remember watching the TV show “The Big Bang Theory” for the first time when it was in Season 2. I loved it. I found it was hilarious, totally nerdy, and had just the right amount of “sitcom cheesy”. Bazinga! As season 3 started up, I noticed the show taking an increasingly dirtier…

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Never Seen Star Wars? Start Here.

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Star Wars TFA everything my inner teenage nerd wanted it to be. Awesome! On a related note, it has come to my attention that I keep some of the wrong kind of friends around here on FB – the kind of friends that have never seen ANY Star Wars…Shame, shame. If you are one of these wrong friendships in my life, and want to turn your life around by getting started on the Star Wars…

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Why You Don’t Need Cable or Dish

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Growing up, we were never allowed to have cable…we got PBS and like the 3 other local channels over the air, and that was it. Not too many other entertainment options… But times have changed, and it’s possible to have access to great entertainment without having a cable bill or contract! I’ve shared this with a few other people personally, and most people that feel like cable or dish is the only option are pleasantly…

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The 3 Main Things

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We recently sat down to a dinner that included some strangers at our table. Well, they were strangers for about 5 minutes – we quickly clicked with this other young couple and had a very engaging conversation for about 60 minutes. Topics varied, and eventually we accidentally steered the conversation to church and religion. Turns out, we differ in our denominational background – that can always make a conversation a little awkward. They were talking…

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Even The World Knows

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After going through Bible School and serving in ministry on several different levels for several years, I have spent some time now away from what many would call “full time ministry”. Four years ago I made a decision to focus my 9-5 efforts in other directions, while still serving God but not in a “positional” or staff kind of way. When there’s no paycheck attached to your relationship with God, or your capacity for ministry,…

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