No Peace for the Wicked.

Verse of the Day

And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit with this Message from God, your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel: “I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go. If you had listened all along to what I told you, your life would have flowed full like a river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea. Children and grandchildren are like sand, your progeny like grains of sand. There would be no end of them, no danger of losing touch with me.

Isaiah 48:17

Let the world know, the whole world.

Husbands, Love Your Wives.

Verse of the Day

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor – since they’re already “one” in marriage.

Ephesians 5:25-26

The condition of your wife reflects to the world the kind of man you are.

An open letter to the guy who thinks it’s cool to propose at someone else’s wedding.

You may have seen an article that has gone viral in the last day or so regarding a proposal… at a wedding… right in front of the bride and groom. If not, check this out: Tacky Proposal

This is definitely not the first time we’ve seen this, and sadly won’t be the last.

Let’s just take a step back and walk through this.

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Fabulous Month Five

Jaxx,

Happy five months, my love!

 

Bouncing baby boy is right! I’d have to say that you jumping in the Bumper Jumper has definitely been the highlight of month 5. You not only entertain yourself, but watching you jump with that gorgeous, gummy smile just lights up the room. We all get such a kick out of you!

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No Pain, No Gain.

Verse of the Day

In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through – all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best! At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. 

Hebrews 12:11

The Good Fight.

Verse of the Day

But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life – a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so feverently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:12

STAY WITH JESUS, NO MATTER WHAT!

An Act of Honor.

Staring at the back of a hearse that is carrying your dad is an indescribable feeling.

I don’t think it really matters that it was sudden and unexpected or that he was too young or that he hadn’t yet met two of his grandchildren. What matters is that a piece of my very soul is gone. Forever. There are no more words to be said, hugs to be had, memories to be made. When it’s over, it’s over. That’s it.

I turned to see the line of cars following us, but more than that I wanted to see the line of welding trucks. You see, my dad was a welder his entire life.

 

 

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