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With God, Emotional Baggage Flies Free

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7 Two months after Steven and I got married, my job sent me to…

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You Make Me Brave

Strength and weakness, bravery and cowardice: both are topics I have written on before, yet both seem to orbit back around as major themes of my life. Sometimes I wonder if I am too honest about when I am scared, nervous, or feeling weak. I was told last week that I was. Yet, still I…

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The God of Miracles

I remember when my sons Zeke and Levi learned the song I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy Joy (Down in my Heart). With each verse, the lyrics get a bit more challenging for children to remember, and the concepts behind the words become harder for our minds to comprehend. Inevitably, I found myself explaining what…

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Awake!

My wife, Na Lim, and I have been parents to our beautiful Baby K for almost 16 months. Most nights, our girl sleeps through the night. Glory to God! But sleepless nights (you know those ones that never end) are a recent memory. I can remember midnight, 2am, and 4am wake up cries very vividly–that…

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Finding God’s Grace in the Chaos of Parenting

Sticker book: ✔ Drawing paper: ✔ Crayons: ✔ Cheerios: ✔ Diapers and Wipes: ✔ This was the mental checklist we ticked through every Saturday night–or, if we’re honest, every Sunday morning–before loading up and heading to church. We threw anything and everything we could into the “church bag” in hopes that it would keep the…

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Sermon Preview: Speaking Life Into Others

When Jesus was teaching how to pray in Matthew 6, He emphasized the necessity of forgiveness, punctuating the lesson with these words from verses 14 and 15: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your…

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Setting Priorities Gives Life

The other day I read a very interesting story about George Raveling, basketball coach at the University of Southern California. Before car accident injuries forced his retirement, George was known for what he did off the court as well as what he did on the court. Once, when his team traveled to Atlanta, Raveling took his…

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Sermon Preview: Had I Known

It’s okay to not be okay. These words are both reassuring and challenging to us. In one sense, we all long to know that it’s okay if we aren’t okay, while at the same time being extremely uneasy with the idea of making ourselves so vulnerable. We live in a culture that tells us to…

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