Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Shell

Recently, I had the chance to take a 24-hour retreat, just me and God.  It’s amazing what God communicates with us, when we are still and turn off all distractions. It was a precious time of encouragement and direction that closed with a picture that God gave to me as...
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March Madness

Even though I haven’t watched one college basketball game from tip-off to final whistle this season, I still have been looking forward to the NCAA tournament. Our family has always been a college basketball family with my Dad graduating from UNC, my brother finishing his education in 3 1/2 years...
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Water Park

I am officially one of THOSE parents. The reality hit me in the middle of the lazy river at Great Wolf Lodge on Tuesday. My 6-year old son was bobbing from one inner tube to the next to stay ahead of me.  When there wasn’t a hole for his inner...
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so simple. yet so difficult

I didn’t get it as a kid.  My parents would tell me to do something, or to not do something else, and I would do the opposite.  (Sorry Mom and Dad.  I get it now). What is it about growing up that makes us question authority?  Why don’t we simply...
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Tempting

“That’s so tempting.” We hear that a lot and probably don’t hear it even more often because many of us has that very thought going through our mind and we wouldn’t dare verbalize it. Yet, temptation is very real and is best battled in the open. Jesus himself endured 40 days...
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Forgiveness

Tonight, the UNOH FCA group I’m a part of discussed one simple, yet difficult word: forgiveness. I love this topic because forgiveness truly frees us, and also has the capability of setting other people free, if they are willing to accept it. We have always taught our kids that when...
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Zoo Lights

Anyone who follows me on social media knows I am not a fan of the whole ‘Zoo Lights at Christmas’ experience.  It’s cold, it’s dark, and the animals generally aren’t that active. But my wife loves them, and my kids love animals and Christmas lights, and my wife’s best friend...
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Marriage

Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  It was a great day to spend together and reflect on ten years of life with one another. But I also found myself reflecting not on our amazing 10 years together, blessing of marriage. So many years growing up,...
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What are your New Years Resolutions?

I had the amazing privilege to baptize my 6-year-old son on Christmas afternoon.  Just like the folks listening to Peter in Acts 2, Nathan was ‘cut to the heart’ and wanted to ‘repent and be baptized’ , just like Peter told the crowd. We talked through what it meant to be...
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Merry Christmas!

“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” – Luke 2:19 I love reading this verse every Christmas.  What must Mary have been thinking as she held God in her hands?  What did she observe as this perfect little boy grew into a man? I don’t know about...
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