Smartphone: Friend or Foe… or Both?

Do you own a smartphone? Odds are you do, especially if you're reading this blog post. And if you do own a smartphone, then you have firsthand knowledge of this amazing device which serves as not only a phone but also a calendar, Bible, camera, calculator, alarm clock, and flashlight, while storing music, books, magazines, …

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My Not-So-Quiet “Quiet Time”

I'm hard-pressed to find uninterrupted daily devotional time with the Lord these days. My so-called "quiet time" is usually broken up into small nuggets throughout the day and is hardly ever actually quiet. Whenever I've had plans to get up early and study God's Word before my son's typical waking time or to sneak out …

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Facebook Fast: Pursuing Holiness One Step at a Time

Yesterday I finished a one-month Facebook fast. At the beginning of July, I challenged myself to give up scrolling my News Feed for the whole month. Until then I'd never fasted from social media before, because I've always believed, and still do believe, that wasting time on social media is a heart issue that can't be fixed …

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The Journal Entry of a Wandering, Wicked, Wailing Heathen Scooped Up by the Grace of God

I have done wicked and evil things. I have used people, at their expense, for my own benefit. I have manipulated and taken advantage of others. I have lied to those who trusted me most. I have torn down others to build myself up. I have hurt others. I have pressured others to do things …

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Humbly Handling the Terrible Twos

My son has officially reached what is popularly known as "the terrible twos." This stage literally came on overnight. Just when I began thinking that my parenting was off the charts (ha!) and that he would completely skip the "terrible two" stage, I was knocked off my high-horse and found out what this fit-throwing, instruction-ignoring, …

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Guarding One Another: What is Biblical Church Discipline?

Several weeks ago my wife, Kristen, wrote a blog about discovering a healthy church. If you’ve read it, you may have noticed that she did not write about discovering a perfect church but, rather, a healthy church. In this age, there is no such thing as a perfect church because churches are full of sinners, …

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