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My Life Is Now Forever Yours

My Life Is Now Forever Yours

A little blonde girl stood perfectly still in a beautiful white dress, tears streaming down her soft pink cheeks, falling gently into a basket filled with petals. She quietly watched as a man made lifelong vows to her mother. Vows that would forever change the course of her own little life. These words that poured from his lips would mean the end of her fatherless existence. It would be the end of the “about me” posters at school with pictures…

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Disciples First and Foremost, Always. Always.

Disciples First and Foremost, Always. Always.

“If you surround yourself with people who are dumber than you are, you’ll never go anywhere. Instead, surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are and pay very close attention. Watch what they do. Learn. Then do what they do.” My husband was having a conversation with me about the business world, the technological industry specifically. He’s a thinker, an innovator. In short, he gets shit done. I often marvel at the way his brain works (as well…

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Who's Qualified to Lead?

Who's Qualified to Lead?

“Therefore, whoever in the church wants to become an eye and a leader and master of others, let him become an ear and a disciple first. This first. The one who has not been tempted, what kind of things does he know? One who has not had experience, what kind of things does he know? One who does not from experience know what temptations are like, will transmit not things that are known, but either things that are heard or…

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Two Santa's: Law and Gospel

Two Santa's: Law and Gospel

I recently tagged along with my BFF who was hired as the photographer for a high-end, two day “Breakfast with Santa” event. The venue hired a different Santa for each day and the contrast between the two of them could not have been more stark. The first Santa was amazingly charming. Definitely not your typical “mall type” Santa. He was completely invested in his role all the way down to his beard and reindeer – He showed me pictures between visitors….

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"Lord, Help My Unbelief"

"Lord, Help My Unbelief"

“People need you to be stable.”   That’s what the legalists told me about being in leadership. I’m not so sure that it’s much different in the gospel community if I’m being honest. It seems that uncertainty is “bad for branding”. How do I know that? Because I am a gospel writer and I am terrified to be uncertain. It seems that every tweeter, blogger, and author is 100% convinced of everything they are telling us. Which leads this tweeter,…

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Death To Life: Part 2 | The Pardon

Death To Life: Part 2 | The Pardon

It is always tempting to dish out more law as we evaluate the confession we hold in our hands, in hopes that the weight of what’s been done will have a “lasting affect” on the transgressor. The truth is that we don’t want to be taken advantage of again, so to protect ourselves, we pull away that they might reach what we feel is the end of themselves. We do this to justify giving grace- “Hey, if I’m going to…

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Death to Life: Part 1| The Confession

Death to Life: Part 1| The Confession

Contrary to our natural belief system, the consequence of law is far easier to swallow than the free gift of grace. The law readily tells you what you deserve so that when you transgress it, you know to expect death. For the believer, who is in Christ- we never have to fear death or separation on that vertical level- we will always be beloved children. The consequence now for transgressing the law only affect us directly on the horizontal level….

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Confessing Our Skeletons

Confessing Our Skeletons

The message of bloody, sinless Jesus on the cross is clear:  we are deeply messed up people with a real sin problem, for which there is only one solution. Somehow, we have taken that message and turned it into a belief that only sharing the sins of our past is honoring to God. Without even realizing it, what we are actually doing is confessing a past need for Jesus. We have denied the power of our miraculous justification and imputation…

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