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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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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All Things New

December 4, 2013

“Good luck, Jimmy.” And after a handshake on Friday, I walked out of physical therapy for the last time. Time flies right? After six months, the surgical site and surrounding tissues are as healed as can be. Doctors say they’re not worried about the artificial disks or fusions, but they’re more concerned about preserving and sparing the disks I have left. As far as therapy, I soaked up every minute. Of course, as I left I wanted them to be standing at the door waving and shouting, “You’re as good as new kid, now go and conquer!” Instead, with one hand I got a long, exhaustive list of Do’s and Don’ts, and with the other I got, “Good luck, Jimmy.”

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Shackles and Heavy Burdens

December 4, 2013

Way back in the day, I would often incorporate various tools and tactics into my training in order to become stronger, better. One of my favorites was the use of big, heavy-linked chains. Yes, chains. Boy how times have changed. Seen rarely, and often only in shipyards, these chains were massive. Popeye would be so proud. Well, depending on the exercise, you attach them to the ends of the bar (which already have free weights on them) and perform the exercise.

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