How to Capture Your (and Your Kid’s) Complaints

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV As summer approaches, what do you plan to capture?  Moments with growing kids?  Memories with friends and family?  How about thoughts? No, not the ones you add to the to-do list before you forget. Out-of-bound thoughts.  Like complaints.  Complaints are…
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Ear Blind: Listen to the Shepherd

Febreze questions consumers, “Have you gone nose blind?” Oblivious to foul odors because you’ve simply gotten used to them? I believe Christians suffer from ear blindness. John 10:2-5 NIV says:  The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep . . .  the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own…
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Fight! Win!

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV Disciplined. Usually a word that describes me. However, as I get older, I’m fighting the flesh more. The temptation to indulge myself grows stronger and stronger. To…
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Clearing Hurdles

Hurdles. They bring to mind Olympic runners, not a blind man from the pages of the Gospels. Yet Bartimaeus was driven by far more than a gold medal. Let’s look at his story. He’s unnamed, known by his father’s, not his own. He’s alone. No family, no friends guide him through the streets of Jericho.…
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Heroes, Villains, and Overcoming

Conflict. It’s essential in fiction. Sherlock needs Moriarty. Batman needs the Joker. Wesley needs Prince Humperdinck. Without conflict, our hero remains—ordinary. Gandalf still wears gray. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy remain in England. Harry Potter grows up without that scar. Many question God regarding evil—why He permits it. Why did He create Satan when He…
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