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When You Feel Like You’re Sitting On The Bench

The football swished through the air and he leapt up as high as he could to meet it. As he grabbed it and tucked it close, a body flew at him, pinning him to the ground. Immediately I yelled at the top of my lungs, “Tommy, you’re done! You’re out of the game! Go sit down.” I work in a …

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The Too-Muchiness And Not-Enoughiness Of Life

My favorite question recently is to ask people to rate the last year on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “worst year ever” and 10 being “I would live it over and over again.” I like this question because I always learn something about people’s lives. Most often, I’ve learned about specific struggles that I hadn’t known …

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Why Repentance Is A Lost Practice

  “You forgot to practice … didn’t you?” Just reading that causes me to feel that knot form in my stomach. My palms begin to sweat as my heart rate goes from snail’s pace to NASCAR-level speeds. If you’ve ever taken a music lesson, played in a sport or participated in any activity that required personal discipline and practice, you know …

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When I Need More Than Small Talk

I don’t like small talk. I like to think that I am average at participating in the activity, but I tend to see it as a means to an end. To me, it is a simple establishment of basic structures so that deeper, more meaningful conversation can eventually take place. Think of it like setting up scaffolding so that serious, …

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Pursuing Brokenness

In life, we all have choices to make. One of those choices is whether we will allow brokenness to make us beautiful or bitter. I’ve seen both results in my own life — times when I changed for the better, and times when I allowed circumstances to harden my heart. In those moments, I chose anger, unforgiveness and bitterness to …

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Why Having Tact Matters In Relationships

“He … pulled … my tooth … out … with a tartar scraper!” I cried out between sniffles. I trudged out of the dentist’s examination room, my face splotchy from crying, my cheek swollen with a bulge of gauze underneath. I buried my head in my father’s arms as he sat in the waiting room. “He what?” My dad pulled …

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When You Are Lonely

I recently moved into a new apartment, and it’s the first time since college that I’ve lived completely alone. Outwardly, finances and my extraverted, never-ending need for community justified roommates, but I suspect there was always a part of me that also chose roommates out of fear. That is, the fear of being alone. Nevertheless, for four months now, I …

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When God Gives You A Red Light

I hate red traffic lights! Even though traffic signals have green and yellow lights, they are still called “red” lights. Regardless of the fact they are meant for my protection, they signify stopping, impeding my progress, restricting my actions. In other words, my reactions to them reveal that I am impatient, inconsiderate of others and insensitive to the fact that …

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The Tension Point Between Faith And Doubt

Just when we thought that functioning as an adult was filled with enough challenges as it is, then somewhere along the way, we discover our need to manage these things called “tension points.” There is no simple, black-and-white solution when it comes to tension points. Tension points are not problems to be solved, but tensions to be managed. I’ll never …

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Demonstrating The Gifts And Fruit Of The Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” — Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) By 2013, everything I had begun fell to nothing. In 2003 I took a leap of faith and stepped into my first leadership responsibility at church. In that small rural congregation I discovered the gifts …

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