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Why I Love Chronicles

One of the beautiful things about the Bible is how it all comes together over so many different years and authors and genres. A key part of understanding the text is understanding the genre that is being read. We should read poetry like it’s poetry, narrative like it’s narrative, letters like they’re letters and history like it’s history.

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Some Thoughts from Titus 

  I read Titus this morning. A few things that stood out. 

1. I love how Paul calls Titus a true son in the faith. What a great reminder of the family of God and what our goal as disciple makers should be. To build the family and cultivate true disciples.

2. Stop fighting over meaningless controversies. Man, I could have used this as a Core Group leader…lol. Too many times I got caught in what I believed to be an academic exercise when it was just meaningless dribble. I wasn’t trying  to understand anything better, I was just trying to sound smart or be part of a certain crowd. Meaningless. 

3. Yes, Jesus coming back is our blessed hope, a truth I should long for more often than I do. 

Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus. 

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A Prayer Lesson I Learned from Levi

We’ve been trying to teach our kids to pray. How to have conversation with God and listen to Him. Luckily, we’ve had a lot of help from their preschool, other friends and family, church life and what not. Our kids do seem to like praying and they are praying, I do believe that.

And well, Levi is on a bit of hot streak right now.

The other night he prayed for Katie’s headache to go away on his way to bed. It did. He got up the next morning so excited to ask Katie if it went away because God told Him it would. It did.

Then he prayed for my truck to stop acting up. It did. I think I should still replace the instrument cluster, but it’s working right now.

This got me thinking as to what I should do next…

And I realized there’s only one primary answer to that.

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What Bible Translation Should I Read?

Ahh yes. The age old question of which Bible translation one should read. Much blood  ink has been spilled trying to decide this question. Maybe you’ve been wondering it yourself.

After all, there are a lot of different translations out there with a lot of different letters attached to them. Dynamic equivalents and word for word. Translated from the Greek and translated from the Latin. In the original Greek and Hebrew. Words of Christ in red or one without paragraph headings.

In can all be a little bit overwhelming.

So, let me give you the answer as to which one to get.

The answer is really quite simple.

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Grace and Truth

One of the more powerful truths, in my mind,  in the gospel according to John is that not only did grace and truth come from Jesus Christ (1:17) but He was full of grace and truth (1:14). I’ve often found myself trying to gauge my relationships by that phrase. Would anyone say that I am full of grace AND truth?

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Listen to this Podcast

I’m currently listening to the most recent Catalyst Podcast and I really recommend checking it out and checking out what they recommend in it.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/catalyst-podcast/id130079836

I’ve long subscribed to the Catalyst Podcast. I go in and out of listening to it, honestly. I listened in to this one because they were interviewing DeYoung. His new book out called Crazy Busy is definitely on my to read list right now. The interview kist made me want to read it more. I find DeYoung to be a gift to the body at large.

But, they also plugged a Judah Smith sermon from the Voices series that is absolutely phenomenal. We watched it as a team last week and it wrecked me and the team in a necessary way. I can’t recommend it enough.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Live Dead: The Journey

Live Dead: The Journey was launched today!

Live Dead: The Journey was launched today!

Go out and get this book!

The Live Dead Journal has been a life changer for me. Phenomenal book that I will read devotionally over and over and over again. I’ve been excited for the Journey come out because it focuses on the Arab world, which is where I feel my heart focusing right now. I can’t recommend this devotional enough for anyone. It’s really well done and will transform your life.

And here’s the kicker, as I write this, it’s only 99 cents on Kindle. Get at it and let me know what you think of it!

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Summer Devotional Strategy

Typically, the summer months are months where I can try new things with my devotional life. It’s oftentimes a season where I try and pray through the Psalms or do a manuscript study. However, this summer I’m not doing either of those.
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Be More

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As I’ve told you, I’ve been going through the Live Dead Journal in my devotional life right now. I was particularly struck by the day on “A Learning Heart, A Call To Be More,” in which the phrase that struck in my head was “Be More.”

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Live Dead Journal

Occasionally, when I start a devotional quest I like to share it here to help people get some ideas. My current devotional is by far the most challenging devotional quest I have ever begun.

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