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Staring at the Penny

It might be my favorite sermon illustration of all time, even if it was told by my little brother. (It is somewhat surreal to be a member of the church where my younger brother is the senior pastor. I mean, he’s up there preaching and I’m sitting in the...

What if it IS all about you?

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned a time when I felt I was collateral damage, a victim of the sins of others. Since then, I’ve been thinking about all the hurting hearts God has brought across my path the past few years. Men whose wives have chosen another....

When God Says You Can

Have you ever had God ask you to do something, and you told Him you absolutely, positively COULD NOT do that thing? I have. Well, not in those exact words. I was much more discreet about it, of course. (Because we don’t come right out and say “no” to...

When closed doors break your heart

We’ve all heard it said, “When God closes a door, He always opens a window.” It’s true, but it doesn’t change the fact that sometimes that closed door can rip your heart out. The dashed dreams lying in pieces on the floor can feel like...