But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Thursday, 28 May 2020 15:13

This ‘n’ That

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I’ve been thinking about patience a lot lately. I used to be extremely patient as a child, but that trait seems to have disappeared as I’ve aged. I grieve this and pray for more patience. Why? Because God is patient.

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 15:30

Lessons Learned: Assumptions and Accusations

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As noted in the first post in this series, I’m taking time to reflect on some of the experiences God has graciously given me and the extremely practical lessons I’ve learned from them. This isn’t meant to serve as a personal journal, but rather as a source of encouragement and...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 15:22

Sunday Morning Praise

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Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 15:15

This ‘n’ That

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How is it Memorial Day weekend already? Honestly, March and April each lasted about 6 years, and now May has disappeared before it even started. In fact, I just realized yesterday that I still hadn’t turned my calendar over to May, and now the month is almost over! Although, perhaps...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 15:30

Lessons Learned: An Introduction

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In the corporate world, we often rally a team at the conclusion of a big project and share lessons learned. This helps those who worked on the project reflect on what went well and what they can do better next time. It helps those not involved to learn from others’ experiences. Finally, it...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 15:20

Sunday Morning Praise

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All Creatures of Our God and King

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 15:01

This ‘n’ That

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I bought some flowers last week because, with all that’s going, I am just ready for something—anything—to brighten things up around here. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and decided to rerun Fall, complete with overnight freezing temperatures. Knowing that was...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 14:58

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Cannot Tell

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:06

This ‘n’ That

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Well, I’m at a bit of a loss for material this week.

I hope you’ve all been able to enjoy these early spring days. Get up, get out, get some fresh air and exercise! Don’t ruminate over conspiracy theories and don’t let social media irk you too much. Plant some flowers....

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 14:53

Sunday Morning Praise

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Be Still My Soul

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:15

This ‘n’ That

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Well, this week I reached Song of Solomon in my Bible reading plan. I always pause for a moment when I get there. Am I the only one? Be honest, now.

Of course, Song of Solomon is in our Bibles for a reason. It is God’s Word and it is good and true and we should read and study it as we do all...

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 15:18

Sunday Morning Praise

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Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

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Saturday, 18 April 2020 15:19

Sunday Morning Praise

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Crown Him With Many Crowns

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 15:17

This ‘n’ That

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So is anyone keeping a quarantine journal? I actually am not because it would be quite boring. Sadly, it probably wouldn’t look much different from a daily record of my activities even if we weren’t in a pandemic! It might go something like this:

“Woke up, went to work, tried to...

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Saturday, 11 April 2020 15:17

Easter Sunday Morning Praise

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Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Thine Be the Glory

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 17:35

Good Friday Reflections

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Who has believed what he has heard from us?And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?For he grew up before him like a young plant,and like a root out of dry ground;he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,and no beauty that we should desire him.He was despised and...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 15:20

This ‘n’ That

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We need to stop reading books.

There, I said it. And I meant it, but within a certain context. We need to stop reading books if the only result is that our brains swell and our hearts shrink.

I know far too many Christians who love to flaunt their bookshelves and latest reading endeavor on social...

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Saturday, 04 April 2020 15:12

Palm Sunday Morning Praise

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All Glory, Laud, and Honor

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Thursday, 02 April 2020 15:13

This ‘n’ That

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After awhile, it’s hard to know what to say, isn’t it? Now when we ask someone, “How are you doing?” we actually mean it. We want to know if they are feeling well. In less challenging times, the question was often a formality or a segue into a broader conversation.

Our world...

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Saturday, 28 March 2020 14:52

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Need Thee Every Hour

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:47

This ‘n’ That

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Well, our lives certainly have changed quite a bit over the past couple weeks, haven’t they? Stores are closed or, if open, nearly empty (in terms of both people and products). Many have lost their jobs. Some are adjusting to working from home while simultaneously watching children....

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Saturday, 21 March 2020 14:49

Sunday Morning Praise

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Amazing Grace

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:03

This ‘n’ That — Well, Not Quite

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It’s been a long, trying, and exhausting week. I suspect I’m not the only one who feels that way. Since we know what most of the headlines are saying these days anyway, I thought I’d take a break this week and share a couple videos with you instead.

The first is a sermon preached...

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 02:47

Sunday Morning Praise

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His Eye Is On the Sparrow

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:07

This ‘n’ That

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I watched The Book of Eli this week.

I’ll probably never watch it again. It’s not exactly a movie I’d recommend (mostly because the first 75 minutes of it were boring and I had to use Google to figure out what was happening), but it nonetheless intrigued me. Why? I’m...

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