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Practical Faith

Asking “Why”

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“You got a minute?” I was sitting in my office a few weeks ago, and a friend walked in. He’s a partner in a business venture, but that day was a friend conversation. A friend of his had just buried his 11-year-old son, only a few years after he had […]

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Good Leaders Have a Limp

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Maybe you’re familiar with the story I’m referring to. It’s found in Genesis 32 in the Old Testament. Alone for the night, the patriarch Jacob is confronted by “a Mysterious Man,” and the two wrestle for hours. Toward the end of the night, the God-man touches Jacob’s hip, and Jacob […]

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ICU Grandpa: What David Deutchman Reveals About All of Us

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He’s the retired international marketing executive that’s been featured on the Today Show, CNN, USA Today, ABC and Newsweek. Even People and Inside Edition have done a story on David Deutchman. It’s not because of his marketing prowess though. It’s because of his rocking ability. Check it out here. For […]

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Looking Through the Turn

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At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in your life. If it is, then we’ve failed as coaches.” In other words—enjoy every […]

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The Other Half of the Tree

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“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” —C.S. Lewis I have a friend who ordered a high-end, fake tree for Christmas this year. It was supposed to be their “last tree.” I’m talking a really nice tree that carries a […]

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Are You Swimming at the Right Beach?

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Have you ever seen photos of the massive waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore? A few years ago I stood on that beach and watched in jaw dropping wonder and amazement at the size, force, and impact of those waves as they crashed into the shoreline. The scene was very moving, very […]

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The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving

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We all have family Thanksgiving stories that fall on the scale between funny and sad and everything in between. Thanksgiving is pretty easy to mess up. Jimmy Fallon has a traditional segment on Thanksgiving fails, all of which are funny and fairly minor. The true Thanksgiving collapse is when we […]

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Have Faith But Don’t Neglect Common Sense

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“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they were mutually exclusive propositions. We drive a wedge between bold faith and simple common sense. […]

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Is Ambition Bad?

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Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, making it the necessary companion of hard work and elevating it to a near religious status, the attitudes of their millennial children are less clear. […]

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