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My heart is stirred today. God has been working overtime on me the last couple of months, challenging me at the deepest levels of everything I thought I knew about the Christian life.

This morning turned out to be the culmination of all that God has been doing in me. We had an amazing service with our LifePoint Church family… one of those inexplicable encounters with God that none of us could have planned if we had tried. I walked towards the platform to bring the message, clutching a handful of notes that were “scrambled thoughts” at best. I had struggled all week, trying in vain to take all the things God has been teaching me these last two months and somehow condense them all into a logically organized, well outlined, sensible sermon. Well, that didn’t happen! (more…)

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TireSwingI have some pretty cool scars from my childhood days, and each one tells a story.

The horizontal scar across my right knee reminds me of the day that, as a little boy, (I had to add that part so you didn’t think I tried this last week)… I decided to swing as high as I possibly could on our neighbor’s enormously long tire swing, then, at the highest point, jump out and open an umbrella. (Don’t judge me. I saw it work once on the original Batman TV show.) My visions of floating safely to the ground ended abruptly as I slammed into a pile of gravel and split my kneecap in half. (That’s why, to this day, I can’t do the tango. Well, that and that fact that I just can’t dance.) Yeah, I definitely remember that scar! (more…)

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While you slept last night, more than 51,000 people died.

Perhaps your mind is scrambling right now trying to remember what news story I’m talking about — what tragedy could have possibly claimed so many lives. No, what I’m talking about didn’t make the news, because approximately 51,000 people die every night around the world while you and I sleep. And that’s just one third of the 153,000 people who die on average each day on this planet.

Think about that. 153,000 people slip into eternity every single day. In fact, about 500 people will step from this life into… heaven or hell… by the time you finish reading this post.

The reality of this really gripped me several years ago after experiencing what can only be described as the most vivid dream I have ever had in my life. It was also the most terrifying dream I’ve ever had — not in a Hollywood-induced “Friday the 13th” sense, but on a level so deep that it struck the very core of my entire existence like a lightning bolt. (more…)

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