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Is Your Marriage Thriving? My Favorite Question That Reveals The Answer To This Question

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There is something unique about doing pre-marital counseling with engaged couples.  As you talk with them they giggle, they blush, and they insist on holding hands throughout the entirety of the session.  Conflict is far from their minds.  Instead, they have visions of white picket fences, sunsets and cute puppies.  Then they get married. Continue Reading…

Man Is Like A Breath: Lessons From Two Women I Never Knew

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Fifteen years ago I had one of the most surreal moments of my life.  It happened because a friend of mine had died of a brain aneurysm the week before.  We played basketball together on a Friday.  He was gone early the next week.  His name was Kevin. Continue Reading…

The Three Best Lessons Young People Have Taught Me About Faith

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I remember my first board meeting.  Sitting around the table with 17 other Godly men and women was quite the intimidating experience.  I was 24.  When one of the most influential board members addressed me directly, I knew I was in for it. Continue Reading…

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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His comment about me was flattering.  Once he said it, I sat back and let my mind wander as to what it would be like if it were the case.  The problem was, it simply wasn’t true, and unfortunately I was going to have to tell him. Continue Reading…

Fostering: The Wild End To Our Foster Daughter’s Case

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I’ve told people that fostering kids is like a very wild roller-coaster ride.  There are exciting highs that build anticipation, and then sudden drops that keep your stomach in your throat as you hang on for dear life for the upcoming turns in the track.  For our family, this past week confirmed that analogy. Continue Reading…

Decision Time: The Ruling On Our Foster Daughter

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Yesterday I let everyone know in this post that our foster daughter’s case was coming to a very important crossroads.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you should.  It will make what I’m about to tell you all the more surprising. Continue Reading…

The Face of Fostering: It All Comes Down To This

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This is the story of why people don’t foster.  It is a story of hurt, pain, trauma, rescue, love and restoration.  Yet in the midst of all of that, the future is unclear.  After almost a year with our little foster daughter, tomorrow a judge will decide the long-term direction of her life. Continue Reading…

My Favorite Way To Communicate Identity, Truth And Value

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Hand-written letters will someday follow the dinosaur by traveling the road to extinction.  What once represented such a formal, elegant expression of words is quickly being discarded in favor of more efficient, practical methods of communication.  What a shame. Continue Reading…

Free At Last: Understanding The Fourth Of July

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Today is a big day.  For we Americans, this day represents much more than fireworks, outdoor cookouts, and sticky watermelon faces.  It is a day filled with history, significance and courage.  The meaning behind the fourth of July helps us teach much greater lessons as well. Continue Reading…

If You Are Free, Then Help Others Find True Freedom

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I remember the first time I was accused of being a Pharisee.  It was painful, but true.

It was over 20 years ago now.  I was living in a college dorm at Louisiana State University.  At the time the legal drinking age was 18, and girls were permitted to come and go as they pleased.  The resulting environment was toxic, as you can imagine. Continue Reading…

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