Alexis’ story

On May 14, 1996, after 30 hours of labor and an emergency c-section, Alexis Grace was born and promptly stole our hearts. She was gorgeous, with Jessica’s curly hair and brilliant, blue eyes. We never dreamed of how deeply and instantaneously parental love would flow. We also never dreamed we would have to face all […]

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How to have a spiritual retreat

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.” (Luke 5:16) If Jesus did it shouldn’t we? If the Lord Himself “often” withdrew for prolonged seasons of connecting with God through prayer then shouldn’t those of us who follow Him make time for spiritual retreats too? If you’ve ever done it—if you’ve ever carved out an […]

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Read your life backward

“I was made to do this.” When was the last time you said that? When did you feel that way as a kid? When you read your life backwards what blueprint emerges from your youth or childhood? What passions and aptitudes made you feel the most alive? Were you happiest when you were writing, painting, […]

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Island of Misfit Toys

So did you watch “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” this past Christmas? (Do they still show the claymation version each year?) If so, did you feel a certain kinship with Rudolph as he set out to embrace the uniqueness of his bright red nose? And did you feel some deep-seated empathy for the residents of the […]

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A Workable Marriage-Counseling Template

Per some requests, I’ve decided to post the marriage-counseling template that I shared in last Sunday’s message at Grace. As I stated in that message, when a couple asks for my help in strengthening their relationship, I urge them to gently but honestly ponder and discuss the following questions: Based on an understanding of Scripture […]

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