Christmas & Flesh

It’s the day after Christmas Day, and I just can’t stop trying to wrap my mind around what this means for us. Especially in our American culture, we’ve commercialized Christmas and the “holiday season” so much that, by the time December 25 rolls around, we’ve exhausted all our hype and...

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The Mold

In a recent release of Leadership Journal, there were several articles written to address entertainment and spiritual formation in our culture today. The titles and questions provoke some good thought: “What Does God Think of Entertainment? A tool. A gift. A trap. It’s all part of the world we minister...

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Shhh…

By the age of 18, 90% of boys and 60% of girls are exposed to internet pornography.* “Shhh…” We don’t like to talk about that, especially in the church, right? It’s awkward. It’s embarrassing. It’s dark. It’s shameful. And I’m not talking just about internet pornography. I’m talking about pornography,...

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Live Lights Out

LightsOut is a ministry that was started by some good friends, Dave and Emily Decker, in Sioux Falls, SD. What God is doing through them is something worth checking out and supporting. Maybe you serve in the spotlight and LightsOut is able to minister to you. Please check out this...

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What God Requires

“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for...

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Our Health Is Our Concern

I was driving home yesterday from a video shoot, and there was a large billboard for a medical clinic that read, “Your Health Is Our Concern.” This seems to be a popular phrase now days, especially in the medical industry. There are billboards and banners all over the place with...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

It’s fascinating what we hear when we take the time to shut off the TV, radio, or iPod, take the headphones out, and LISTEN! “If only you would listen to his voice today!” -Psalm 95:7 I went for a run this morning on the bike trails in Sioux Falls, listening...

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Spiritual Parallels In My Garden

This summer has allowed for some great time to work in the yard and garden. I have enjoyed doing a garden the last 3 years that we’ve lived in our house in Sioux Falls, but this year has been even better than before. I have had extra time this summer...

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Should Giving Feel Good?

Something I’ve been wrestling with lately is loving the unloveable. I’ve been thinking about how concerned I can be about looking a certain way, and wanting to be accepted by others that look that certain way. Sure, we might “do things for” people in lower, or other, social classes, but...

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Take Out the Trash

It’s such a beautiful day, right around 65 degrees here in Sioux Falls. I’m sitting on my sun porch right now, cooling off from my run outside. One of my favorite things about running outside is spending time thinking and praying in creation. Even though I ran on the sidewalks...

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