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Enjoy Life!

Enjoying life comes naturally to young children. My two year old boy and five year old daughter joyfully suck all the life, laughter, and joy out of every experience... they both enter everyday with an expectation of enjoyment. I love the joy that the innocence of childhood brings. But, age taints this natural instinct to enjoy life. Adult life can be full of stresses, ...
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How To Maximize Your Engagement Season

Getting engaged is an exciting time in a couple’s journey together. Once the guy takes Beyonce’s advice and “puts a ring on it”, it is usually full on wedding planning mode. This season can be so full of joy and yet so much stress at the same time. I remember when my wife and I got engaged and how happy ...
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How Do You Get More Wisdom?

We live in a society where information is literally at the tips of our fingers. If we need knowledge about anything, all we need to do is ask Google. They call our "age" the Information Age. And, I think most people would agree that we do not lack for information - if anything we suffer from too much information! But, in ...
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Cyber Pastor vs. Senior Pastor: Whose Voice Is The Loudest?

Is it possible that our generation could be missing out on all that God has for us simply by which spiritual voices we are placing the most value on? Podcasts, YouTube messages, and online church services have exploded among Millennials. Recent statistics say that 54% of practicing Christian Millennials watch online videos about faith or spirituality. I personally listen to ...
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4 Things to Do at the End of Every Season

Springtime naturally brings an end to many seasons. Not only is the winter season ending and the summer season beginning, but for many this spring marks significant life transitions. Eager high school and college students are counting down the days until graduation. Spring athletes are in the last stretch of season games. Many internships and practicums are coming to a close. Engaged ...
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Husband 101: Lessons I Learned My First Year of Marriage

Your first year of marriage…A relational utopia or literal hell? You’ve probably heard a million and one things about couples’ first year of marriage. Stories ranging from it being the best year ever to quite possibly the toughest 365 days ever endured. So many different factors contribute to the success of that first year and I’m no expert on what ...
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Faith Indicator: How Do You Know If You Have Faith?

Our values should dictate our decisions. What we value should impact how we live our lives. In every area of life we should be intentional to make sure that the things that we are doing (the the activities that fill our schedules) actually represent what we value. In the Gospels, Jesus gives a great illustration what this "values dictating decisions" ...
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3 Reasons You Should Finish Your Current Season Strong

Have you ever been tempted to quit, give up, coast, let up on the gas, or straight up check out mentally? I know there have been many of times in my own life when I have been tempted to throw in the towel on a commitment I have made or season I am in. The one thing I find true ...
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5 Life Skills To Master Before Marriage

There are certain basic life skills that should be mastered (or at least strongly developed) before entering marriage. In his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey talks about how we must have private victory before public victory, and the same is true within marriage. Husbands and wives must have private victory (personal growth & development) before they ...
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Thoughts on God Conversations

As I am writing this, I am coming back from a weeklong service evangelism mission trip that Eric and I took with 33 EPIC Commission students. We linked up with 500 other Christian college students this past week to share the love of Jesus with college spring breakers. We spent our mornings and our evenings serving spring breakers in practical ways via ...