The Calling of God

Scripture is littered with men and women who were called by God to a bigger life. But it’s hard to find more than two or three who were smiling and doing cartwheels as a result. That’s because the calling of God on our lives always involves restoration. You cannot be called by God without being called […]

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Just Survive Today

There is this thing that’s permeating Christianity and Christian churches these days. It sounds really great, and people are usually inspired when they first hear the message. I think I’ve helped spread the message. You’ve heard it, and it’s communicated in different ways. God has called us to thrive, not just survive. Find your destiny. […]

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How Can We Live With Noticeable Hope?

It was Christmas Eve 2011. Or 2010. I can’t remember. But I do remember that it was late, and I had a stronger-than-normal hankerin’ for a Combo Burrito, extra sauce, no onions from The Taco Bell. I was on my way home from our church’s Christmas Eve services, so I stopped by the TB for […]

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Grateful or Entitled?

I think the absolute opposite of thanksgiving is entitlement. Any sentence that begins with “I deserve…” works against the cultivation of a grateful heart. The more I say those words, the more entitled I become. I’ve learned to hide it on the outside, but on the inside I’m like a 15 year-old teenage girl rolling […]

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Do Anything Good

Do anything. Do anything today. Do anything good today. Do anything good today that will make you feel a little uncomfortable. Do anything good today that will force you to act like fear isn’t involved (even though it is). Do anything good today that might surprise the recipient of your good. Do anything good today […]

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Creativity, Wounds, and Excuses

BRISKET, SAUSAGE, AND SWEET TEA Summer in Georgia isn’t something I’m intimately acquainted with. My wife and I were on a vacation recently, and for three days we had experienced bucketfuls of rain in both of the Carolinas. As we drove south on I-95 down into Georgia, I’m pretty sure I heard a lady with […]

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