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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

It was 3:02 and our first guests had not yet arrived.  Pandora was playing a quiet jazz station.  The flower arrangement was placed in the vase in the bedroom.  The gift basket was filled with gummy bears, chocolate, cheese and crackers,  and a bottle of Pinot Noir.  Now all we needed was for the guests to arrive.  We were excited, overwhelmed, anxious, and grateful for an opportunity to pay forward what so many had done for us.  As we waited, we remembered.  It had been a little less than two ...
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The Story of David’s Refuge

I love telling the story of David's Refuge.  It is a story of hope, a story of redemption, a story that reminds all of us that we are not alone and are loved by God.  It's the story of a mom and dad who experienced the greatest fear of any parent, the loss of a child, but decided to not let it destroy them.  It's a story that acknowledges both the beauty and the brokenness of the world we live in.  It's a story that breathes life into moms and ...
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The Power of Forgiveness

There is only way to live and never be hurt and that is to choose to never love another person.  If you are in a relationship with anyone, you will be hurt.  And the more you love that person, the deeper that hurt will go.  Unfortunately, we often enter marriage thinking if we simply love each other more and more, we will never have to say "I'm sorry!"  Most of us realize by day two of being married that this is a crock of bull.  Love is not a barrier ...
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The Crazy Cycle

Do you remember the first "stupid" argument you got into with your spouse?  I do!  It was about whether chili is considered a soup or not.  We had only been married a few weeks and Brenda made her version of chili which included celery, not many chili beans, and spaghetti.  After taking my first cautious taste, in the most loving way possible I said, "This is not chili!  Who ever heard of chili that was brothy, with chunks of celery, served over spaghetti?"  As you can imagine these words of ...
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Marriage: Overcoming The Challenges

I miss many things about being a pastor, but one of the greatest things I miss is participating in a couple’s wedding ceremony.  Months and months of planning and dreaming and hoping have finally come together.  The cake has been made, the guests selected and invited, the church reserved, the honeymoon planned and greatly anticipated, the wedding vows agreed upon, the music for the first dance chosen and danced to a hundred times, and the all very important decision of who sits next to Uncle Willard at the reception has ...
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