Devotional Life

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The Songs We Sing: Why Can’t He Be Both?

Holy There is almost reverence for the word itself.  It’s untouchable. Until we follow it with a swear word… (I’ll let your imagination fill in the blanks) It’s funny, though.  Even with a swear word attached to it, we use the word “holy” to express surprise, shock, or awe.  Somebody sneaks up on you and pokes you in the ribs and maybe…

Jesus True and Only

The Songs We Sing: The True & Only One

“And [Jesus] is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”  - Colossians 1:18 Any time that Jesus is described with a word in the Scriptures, it’s probably really important for us to know what that word means.  Do we realize the significance of that word preeminent?…

Forever Young

The Songs We Sing: Love Back in ’92

J.J. Abrams is one of my favorite directors.  Back in 1992, long before he directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one of Abrams’s screenplays was released as a movie called “Forever Young.”  It starred Mel Gibson, who played a pilot named Daniel McCormick. In the story, McCormick’s true love falls into a coma.  Unable to deal with the traumatic circumstances, he decides…

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Can’t Be Undone

Almost weekly during the school year, my amazingly wonderful 7-year old, Levi, challenges the patient side of my brain just as we are frantically heading out the door at 7:39am (yep – I have our school departure time down to a science): “Daddy – my shoes won’t untie no matter how hard I pull on the string!” “Bro – dude – Levi…

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The Songs We Sing: How Am I Supposed to Respond to That?

I’m usually not a big fan of singing songs that center around me and my response to God. All the “I give you my heart” and “I’m living for you, God” songs tend to make me cringe, because they bring the focus away from our True and Living Heavenly Father and onto man, who is fickle, often mistaken, and—let’s just be honest—not…