It Was A Gift

December 18, 2013

I’ve never shared this story before, but Christmas seems to be the perfect time for it. A few years ago, traveling with a friend and client, I was working, writing the first PrayFit book, doing my thing. Well, one busy day he called me over and asked me to take a walk with him. I wasn’t sure what he needed, so as always I simply said, “Yes sir.” When we turned the corner, he stopped, put his arm around me, pointed and said, “It’s yours. Enjoy.”

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Me and My Drum

December 17, 2013

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, working as unto the Lord, not for men.” –Colossians 3:23

Read: Colossians 3

Turns out PrayFit has a theme song — a song that sums up PrayFit perfectly. My wife and friends might guess it’s a Rocky montage, but alas, no. I have one better. The Little Drummer Boy. (Pa rum pum pum pum)…

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Our Place in the Son

December 16, 2013

Saving Mr. BanksThe expression on her face says it all. During the Summer, Loretta and I saw the announcement of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks to hit theaters this December, and well, it’s been circled on our calendar ever since. Not only that, but because Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks were filmed at Disney Studios in Burbank, they had a special, exclusive engagement in honor of them both. Trust me. If you want to earn major husband points in my little home, you make arrangements for our names to be on the short list of special guests. And oh friends, what a night. Like I said, the expression on her face says it all.

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Seeing Words

December 15, 2013

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28)

Christian vocalist Mark Harris has a wonderful line in one of his songs that goes, “Preach Christ, even if it means use words.” Plainly put, our actions to an unbelieving world matter more than what we say. I thought of that line last week watching the recap of Nelson Mandela’s memorial. By now you’re aware that while the President and other world leaders offered their speeches, the sign language interpreter was doing anything but interpreting. Sadly, some people needed to see words.

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Be Born In Us

December 12, 2013

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”
— Matthew 2:10

Read: Matthew 2

If you missed Christmas Presence yesterday, we talked about the shepherds and their efforts to see the newborn King. We agreed that their best was all they had to offer Him — our pacesetters if you will, and they made it. Can’t you just see their cold breath and chests rising as they arrive? But today, let’s focus on the one who didn’t run. Though she trembled when she was told of the miracle, Mary waited for the promise.

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Christmas Presence

December 11, 2013

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”
–Luke 2:16

“What do you give to someone who has everything?” That’s a common question asked year after year by a countless number of people.  But what do you give someone who is everything? Well, that original question was uttered only once by a small group of eyewitnesses. Maybe the Shepherds asked each other that very thing as “they hurried off “(v. 16).

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The Land of Misfits

December 10, 2013

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” –1 Corinthians 1:27

Read: 1 Corinthians 1

If he were your neighbor, you’d move. If choosing teams, he’d be the last one picked. Without a doubt, on the island of misfits he’d be king. But he didn’t care. More bold than beautiful, John knew the act to follow was really the act to follow. So he used whatever God gave him to get his message across to a world in need.

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Little Is Much

December 9, 2013

I was in maybe the first or second grade, and Mom had given me a dollar to go shopping for Daddy at our school’s make-shift Christmas store. I remember walking the narrow aisles, squeezing the life out of that dollar like it was something really precious. And I suppose it was, because it represented my chance to give something to Dad. And then…I saw it.

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Advent

December 8, 2013

We know the story, but we love it. Two thousand years ago, God made an unexpected trip. Because we were unable to get to Him, He came to us. God left Heaven’s hall for Bethlehem’s stall. He then climbed out of his crib and onto the cross for your sins and mine. Imagine, God with us. Say that out loud and emphasize a few words with me. God with us. God with us. God with us. Amazing, isn’t it? The distance He traveled for you and me. I love Christmas time. The traditions, old and new. But something about Christmas will never change, and that’s the story of our Savior.

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Friday Recap

December 6, 2013

Neat week. Monday we reminded ourselves that it’s more important to have a healthy conscience than it is to be health conscious. Tuesday, Siri gave a glorious answer to an impossible question. Wednesday, we learned that when it comes to chains of life, the load is lightest the closer you get to the floor. And yesterday, amid many of your praises, we celebrated the truth that God makes all things new.

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