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Relationship 101: Commit Or Quit

I love asking questions. I’m a curious person. I think this is a good quality, because I used to be pretty bossy. (I’m the eldest child, so it came naturally for me.) But now I try to keep my opinion to myself and just ask questions. I just love finding out how people make decisions and why. I love how …

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The Unwanted Wedding Gift

When a gift comes wrapped in beautiful packaging, we eagerly rip into the wrapping. But what about the times when we are entrusted with unfamiliar gifts? Gifts wrapped in disappointment and confusion, sorrow and pain? If we know how to remind ourselves of the goodness of the Giver, He will grant us the courage to slowly unwrap the gifts and …

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3 Things I’ve Learned Since Stepping Out On Faith

Christians hear a lot about stepping out on faith, something that all believers should do in some way. Of course, active faith looks different for everyone, and we never fully know what it will entail (if we did, then it wouldn’t be faith!). The struggles of daily living can sometimes require just as much faith as a major, dramatic life …

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When Transition Gets You Down

I just want to live in one place for more than two years. This is a refrain that I’ve said to myself over and over again for a half a decade. Transition seems to be the modern way of life. Few have long careers but series after series of jobs. Few people (singles especially, it seems) live in one place …

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The Me-Monster Of Singleness

I’m a married man. What qualifies me to say anything about singleness? I mean, I got married right out of college when I was 21. I didn’t have to struggle through any time as a single adult. So why should you listen to me? We spoiled married people love to offer trite advice to you Christian singles in our churches, like, “You are so lucky, …

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Hearing God’s Voice

The kids and I were headed to a friend’s house to spend a few hours playing together. On the way, I decided to stop by Burger King and get all of us a treat — chocolate milk shakes, yummy! I pulled into the drive-thru and was greeted with, “Good morning, welcome to Burger King. How are you doing today?” The …

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Modeled Behavior

In the quest to solve the mystery of relationships, children and teenagers turn to many sources. But the most impactful source of all is the modeled behavior they see from their parents. If you are like me, my parents gave me little to no relational advice. Mostly, it was the usual, “Keep your hands to yourself,” “If we ever catch …

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3 Vibes That Ruin Your First Impression

Lester is one of my closest friends. He’s really down to earth. We’re such good longtime friends that our signature greeting is still the tongue-wagging, long drawn-out, “Whaaaaasssuuuuuppp!” from the Budweiser commercials back in the day. If Lester were a climate, he would be the cool breeze you feel as you step onto the beach. When I see him, for the …

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When You’re Struggling With Rejection

Rejection — it’s inevitable. Sooner or later, every one of us will experience it. Some of us, more than once. And every time it happens, we can’t help but ask ourselves some questions. Usually the first question is Why? Then come the thoughts we rehearse over and over, replaying that moment of rejection … wishing we’d asked more questions or said less in response. Sometimes …

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Fasting From What Comes Out Of My Mouth

Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. More than once, God has led me to fast of negative, critical, judgmental and complaining words. Why a fast of words? Is that a legitimate application of fasting? The Hebrew word “fast” means to cover the mouth. For me, it is harder …

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