Category Archives: Devotional

Stop Trying to Have a Perfect Christmas

The way we celebrate Christmas reveals a great deal about us. Our society is celebrating in a huge way and we get swept along with the hysteria.  Somewhere along the way, we realize the radical commercial nature of what is going on … Continue reading

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Two Roads Diverge: Mary and Martha

Text: Luke 10:38-42 Martha is mad Mary isn’t doing anything.  Martha wants credit, thanks, encouragement, and help.  She blames Mary for being idle. She blames Jesus for letting Mary be idle. We know Jesus rebukes Martha and praises Mary.  We … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Chicken Wings

 I love chicken wings. But I don’t just enjoy eating chicken wings because of their obvious deliciousness. I do it as a spiritual discipline.   Before you dismiss me as either being sarcastic or idiotic, hear me out. I am being … Continue reading

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Shepherding a Child’s Thumos

Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. -Colossians 3:21 When it comes to parenting, the verse I keep coming back to as the cornerstone of my parenting philosophy is Colossians 3:21.   Paul commands us … Continue reading

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Wrestling with God’s Wrath

“The Wrath of God.”  Just say the phrase and I guarantee you people will cringe.  I know I do. If there is any attribute of God that no one wants to talk about its His Wrath. Maybe some people want … Continue reading

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Robinson Crusoe and the Goodness of God

Most people haven’t read Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.  When asked, most people muster a vague recollection of a story involving a man shipwrecked on an island, learning to live in a primitive wilderness all by himself. Many who attempt … Continue reading

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Joseph’s Unexpected Christmas: A Person God Can Work With

Joseph is often treated like a spectator or an afterthought to the events of Christmas.  But Joseph shows, in the way he handled Mary’s unexpected Christmas, some key attributes of a person that God can work with. Joseph has his … Continue reading

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Mary’s Unexpected Christmas: How to Handle When God Interrupts

I wrote previously about how Christmas is not about having the perfect celebration. Christmas is about God interrupting our plans. He does so for His glory and our good. He has a grander plan that is coming true and He is inviting … Continue reading

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God and the Art of Lawn Mower Maintenance

Summer in Houston borders on unbearable.  As a friend of mine once said, “It’s like living on the surface of the sun…under water.”  One result is that mowing one’s lawn becomes a dreaded ordeal to be avoided at all costs.  … Continue reading

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