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    Jesus in the New Year

    Since the moment my kids began to understand the concept of love, we’ve been playing the “I love you” game. “I love you.” “I love you more.” “I love you most.” Sixteen years and four kids—they’ve each searched for a way to best me but I always end with, “I love you most. You’ll understand when you grow up.” That worked for sixteen years until Wyatt. Last time I said, “I love you more,” he responded with, “I love you how much God loves you.” No arguing with that. Right? Not even infinity plus one can top God’s love. I don’t think he planned on the theological argument that followed,…

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    Look to Jesus

    Our baby is learning how to drive, which is crazy because it feels like yesterday that she was in diapers. Every time I explain a road rule, I remember what it felt like to learn myself—because that feels like yesterday too. Some things stand out in my memory, like my mom riding shot-gun, pointing my attention into the distance and telling me to stop focusing on the car in front of me. As I repeated that lesson and heard my mom’s voice come out of my mouth, I couldn’t help but think of Peter’s focusing problem. Immediately He [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of…

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    Growing Faith & Killing Fear (guest post)

    My dear friend and fellow suspense writer, Jerusha Agen asked me to guest post on her Fear Warrior Blog. "Fear is natural to our human nature. From the moment we are born, we enter a world damaged by sin. A world that runs on fear." Read Now Fear Warrior Blog Click Here

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    How can Love & Hate Co-Exist

    I have the best grandmother in the entire world. If I were ever tempted to doubt God’s love for me, all I would need to do is look at the blessing he gave me in her. She’s loving and dependable and tells it how she sees it. Most of all, she’s wise. When I was a teenager, she once told me something that was impossible for me to understand at the time. She said, “Love is staying married to someone even when you hate them. The good times come and go and sometimes you’ll hate that man so much you’ll wish he’d go too, but love is sticking together even…

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    Dear Discouraged

    The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:17-18 Dear Discouraged, I heard your discouragement and in our moment of shared brokenness we had nothing to offer each other. Instead, we discovered something—discouragement grows in isolation. But God has something for else for us. Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them.” This phrase is plural, not singular. “Cry out” is translated from tsa`aq. It means to shriek; to proclaim (an assembly). It can also be translated as a Hebrew idiom that…