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Better Than You Found It

November 23rd 2015 No comments yet  

sparklerWhile I was growing up, my mom taught my siblings and me to leave every space better than we found it. It wasn’t enough to clean up the messes we made in the kitchen or in our friends’ and neighbors’ homes—we ought to straighten up the pillows we mussed a little prettier than they were before or scrub the counters we spilled crumbs on a little shinier than we found them. It’s a mark of appreciation to our hosts—and it instills character in ourselves.

This principle has stuck with me for years. …

Don’t Play in the Septic Tank

November 17th 2015 1 comment so far  

tube-945487_1920I recently had a friend from Dallas Theological Seminary ask me if she could do a Prepare/Enrich marital assessment of my wife Suzanne and me for a class that she was taking. We gladly agreed; however, knowing that my friend is a very competent counselor, I knew she would pick up on some of the reoccurring “trouble spots” in our relationship. (I thought after 15 years of marriage, we’d have it all figured out…) Her reply to our willingness to help was, “Thank you both so much for being willing to …


November 11th 2015 No comments yet  

america-517927_1920It’s Veterans’ Day. Veterans will eat free all over town, hear “thank you for your service” from strangers, and get special discounts at the mall, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. Those who have served in the US military will appreciate these gestures and will kindly respond to the sentiments expressed. It will be a day of good feelings all around.

Mind you, this hoopla will be uncomfortable for those who served during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. For them, cold indifference is a welcome contrast to what they experienced on their homecoming or …

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Better Than You Found It
Don’t Play in the Septic Tank
How Not to Have Peace
Deal With It
A Walk Through the Sand
Forever and Always, I Love Him
I Wasn’t Expecting That
The Artistry of Grace
What in the World Is Missional Living?