Love Rant :)

My wife loves my son. So very much. 

When Max was younger, my wife **worried** about him being able to tie his shoes on his own at school. So, she got him Velcro sneakers. 

Seemed like a good idea. 

Well, the kid couldn't tie his shoes on his own until 5th grade! Why? That was when he out grew all the Velcro shoes at the mall. 

Let's just say Max was embarrassed for a few weeks in 5th grade trying to get his shoes tied. 

At some point, love ***ceases*** to be love. Yes, what we humans see as love -…

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Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22)

When Abraham was told by God to circumcise HIMSELF ... he did it immediately! Ouch! When Abraham was told to offer his son Isaac, he had to walk 3 days with teenage Isaac to Mt Moriah. 

3 days to think long and very hard about what he was asked to do by his God - and not a single lick of it made any sense. Abraham waited 25 years for Issac to be born, and now his Isaac was the ONLY direct path to the other promises! 

I'm certain Abraham had little idea of what was fully to happen, but it's clear in…

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Sun Rise and His Goodness

On vacation, and woke up this am to watch the sun rise, and had an "ah ha" moment. It's all a matter of our human perspective. We say we watch the sun rise, but really the earth is the one doing all the rotating.

The sun is still. Always. Kind of like God. God never changes, He is constant, unwavering, and He never moves. WE are the ones moving. He is good, always good. No matter if we move too far left of Him, or too far right - He will always be good.  

No matter how far away that we rotate into…

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repentance: the power of a cheeseburger

I met my wife in 1987 while attending college in Boston, and by 1991 we were looking to move to Texas. At the time we were engaged, I was jobless after finishing my masters degree, and she was offered a wonderful job in Dallas. I really, really didn’t want to move down here – but I made the long journey kicking and screaming with the promise from Lori that we’d only stay here for 2 years (right). I mean, I had friends warning me that Christians in Texas believe that Jews have tails and they will constantly…

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FAULTY BELIEFS: SHORT PEOPLE

When I was a kid growing up back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, there was a popular song by Randy Newman called “Short People” … and of course the lyrics mention that short people got no reason to live. Well, at 5’3″ as a grown adult … you can imagine the personal implications. Back in the day, my elementary school teachers would have us get in line and move about the building in height order … needless to say I was always first in line. Kids would use that song and sing it to me constantly … man, what an…

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PURPOSE: Life is a short stack of pancakes

Bad things happen to good people … but for those that love The Lord … bad things will always end up being good things! 

I remember when I was a baby Christian I left teaching 6th grade for a few years to start a business. Well, that business failed. Another business failed. And, my word, yet another business failed. Failure is not fun, and this kind of persistent financial failure wasn’t easy on my mind, stress level, faith, or even my wallet. Yet, if those businesses had flourished right out of the gate…

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Keep your eyes on the fries

OK, I confess … I eat very badly. My wife goes out of town on business trips for weeks at a time and she can easily figure out what I’m feeding our kid by looking at the monthly credit card statement. McDonald’s, Burger King, Whataburger, Moo-yah, Carl’s JR, Arby’s, Sonic, Popeye’s, Braum’s, and on and on. She lets me live, and that is good. 

My kid and I rarely ever see a salad on our dinner menu … but we always manage to get french fries! Honestly, who can walk into one of these fast food places…

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WHEW: Sin and the temple curtain

OK, now that I’ve sent back my pastor credentials … there is something that I have to get off my chest. Sin doesn’t separate us from Jesus … the law does!! WHEW!!! That wasn’t so bad. That felt good! 

Galatians 5:4 (NIV) “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from GRACE.” 

At the cross, His own flesh became sin – not just some sin or part sin – but all sin past, present, and future (2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 9:26-28…

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INTEGRITY: THE TITANIC

In 1912 the Titanic sunk … I know that is a newsflash for everyone. The story line of course includes the ship hitting a massive iceberg, and the indestructible behemoth sinking. However, in 1997 researchers discovered the ship did NOT sink due to a massive hole in the side of the enormous ship. Nope. The ship sank because of 6 small slits in the steel plates … yep, many of the rivets used were defective. So, when the ship hit the iceberg, the metal plates bent ever so slightly upwards and let the water in…

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FORGIVENESS: Insurance Companies

We’ve all seen the catchy TV commercials about “Accident Forgiveness” insurance plans. You know, those amazing plans where if you have an accident, the insurance company will “PRE” forgive you … and not jack up your rates! Well, most of us scoff at that pre-forgive idea … and with pretty good reason. Why? There are always pesky terms and conditions, not all applicants for the plan are eligible, and it isn’t even available in all 50 states. What’s worse, is we KNOW we are really paying for it in OUR higher…

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SINNER: Operating from 2 Spiritual Positions

I would love to be in two places at the same time, that would be so very cool. How much easier would life be if we could be in two places at once! But, we simply can’t do it. No matter how hard I try, I can’t mow the lawn … while I make dinner. And if you know me at all, then you know that I pretty much don’t do either one! 

Yet many Christians confuse who they are and make such troubling statements – they claim to be in 2 spiritual positions in one single breath. I’ve heard my brothers and…

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Dead People Don't

It’s funny how God works, nothing is ever wasted or without a kingdom based reason. I got a traffic ticket – for NOT making an illegal U-Turn at a traffic light – and I wasn’t thrilled. I especially lost my road side enthusiasm when the police officer raced back to his police car to ticket me after I mentioned I was heading back from a bible study. Hey, he asked me where I was coming from … so I told him. Yet, he didn’t seem to like the answer! 

So, this past weekend I had the pleasure of spending 6 hours…

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RELIGION: Mixing law and grace

Some things taste great together. Vanilla and chocolate soft serve swirl … good! Chocolate and peanut butter … good! Peanut butter and jelly … good! Chips and salsa … good! Bacon and, well, anything … good! I’d argue that these individual items were created by man, and just sat around waiting for their cosmic fates to be sealed and eventually put together in holy food unity. What a blessing to my belly! 

Yet, this is not so for law and grace. They simply cannot be mixed together … and swallowed by the…

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AUTHORITY: The barking dog

I like to go for long walks in our neighborhood, and it seems that EVERY dog is out to get me. It’s amazing how many front doors and/or gates to backyard fences will open up as I pass on by … and their dogs come charging right at me. The small yappy ones don’t bother me that much, but the bigger ones can be a little more intimidating. Either way, when dogs come charging in my direction … some with happy doggie smiles and tails wagging … and other ones showing their teeth with tails straight out ……

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PURPOSE: What was God thinking?

Sometimes I wonder, I really do. What in the world was God thinking? I mean, He is pretty smart … in fact, He is all knowing. He knows the END from the BEGINNING. So why did He create us? Why did He put us here? 

I look at this question like this. If someone asked me to start a new side project – like home remodeling or fixing up a beat up old car – and I knew from the very BEGINNING it was going to be a 100% massive pain in the behind. I wouldn’t touch it. I wouldn’t even start that project. I honestly…

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OBDEDIENCE: SLICK ROADS

My teenage son receives his driver’s license in just a few weeks, and in my parental panic, it got me thinking about when I was 17 and I had just gotten my license. 

I remember I had only been driving for a few months, and I was traveling home from a vacation in upstate New York … during an ICE STORM on MOUNTAIN ROADS! I recall the road had one lane in each direction, and even 30 years later, I very well remember hitting a patch of ice. My car skidded over the yellow line and I was headed right for a large…

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RELIGION: What would you do for a klondike bar?

When I was a kid way back in the 80’s I used to love the commercial for Klondike Bars … “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?” You’d see people on TV doing all kinds of ridiculous stuff like rubbing their wife’s feet, taking out the trash, talking to their spouse for more than 5 minutes, putting away the dishes, getting their hairy chest waxed, or making monkey sounds in public. Honestly, they were doing stuff that is extremely harmless in nature … or things that they should really be doing anyway! 

Well…

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PURPOSE: HERE AM I

Ever ask for volunteers for something at your home church? Gets pretty rough getting much help, am I right? You hear lots of, “Let me pray about that first” or “I need to check with my spouse” … which is what we SHOULD say/do … but all too often that is church code for “No, but thank you for asking.” 

Yet, ever ask for student volunteers in an elementary classroom? I kid you not, I can walk into any PK-5 classroom in my school … and without even telling the kids what I need help with … EACH and EVERY hand…

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SIN isn't in your nature

Christian, you don’t have a sin nature or a NATURE TO SIN … you have a NEW nature! Your sin nature (flesh) was dealt with ONCE at the cross, your flesh (own ways) have been crucified ONCE and have DIED with Christ. Your DEAD old nature has been replaced with His living Spirit and a new heart. You have a nature of LOVE, HOPE, JOY, PEACE, GENTLENESS, PATIENCE, FAITHFULNESS, KINDNESS, and SELF CONTROL … NOT one of SIN. 

Sin has no power or dominion over you – ZERO, ZIP – because you are now a NEW CREATION…

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BELIEFS: Skiing with Jesus

When I was a kid, I was a very good snow skier. Skis close together, parallel … swoosh, swoosh. Skis way too long for my body weight, and snappy jackets that were more colorful than Joseph and his amazing technicolor dreamcoat (yep, loved that Broadway musical). I tackled the best black diamond trails across the US and Europe … and I had the opportunity to ski in SHORTS on European glaciers in July and August. Man, it was great to be young! 

Then, a funny thing happened. I got a job, got married, and got…

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