What if Jesus had been born TODAY?!

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Christmas is just around the corner, sometimes more literally than just on the calendar.  As I drove home for Christmas vacation yesterday, nativity scenes were everywhere.  Shepherds wearing their cloaks surround Mary and Joseph and the manger inside a wood and straw hut.  And more often than not, the Magi are depicted (although historically inaccurate) bringing their gifts to baby Jesus.  Still, what a well-known and powerful scene of Christmas.

Don't Miss Christmas!

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A Christmas Poem
I love flannel shirts.
They keep me warm, yet make me feel "cool" at the same time.
I think they're stylish.
But even if I had all the flannels in the world, I wouldn't have complete warmth.

Peace: Idealistic or Realistic?

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After spending a good Thanksgiving in Wisconsin with my family this year, I had to abruptly turn around and drive ten hours south to Tennessee.  On my lonely driving trips, I usually go through a few phases.

Of Butterflies and the Apostle Peter

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Butterflies do not start out as butterflies.  This we all know.  They start out as a small caterpillar, devouring leaves, trying not to get stepped on or eaten.  After a while, change is called for, and the caterpillar transforms into a chrysalis (or cocoon).  Inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar goes through yet another

The 3 Types of Men

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"Where are all these people going?"  "What are their families like?"  "Why is that person walking down the sidewalk right now?"  If you have been around me long enough, you will know that I ask these types of questions from time to time.  I think it's because I enjoy watching people.  I honestly enjoy hearing peoples stories, or at least

Sin's Shame

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For some reason, over the last few years, I have been searching for the answer to why we feel shame and guilt when we do what is evil. The obvious church answer is that we are apart from Jesus. This is true. But I wanted to

Life With Jesus: Part 2

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Yesterday, I wrote about living life totally abandoned to Jesus and the power that can come from a unified relationship with God.  After I finished writing, I felt that I had forgotten to answer a very important question in regards to life with Jesus, and that is the question of why?

Life With Jesus

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I've been thinking lately about the miracles done in Bible times and why we struggle to see those things happen today, even after Jesus says that we (Christians) will be able to do even more spectacular things than Him (John 14:12).

As I was reading and studying the Bible last week, I came across the story of

Death Defeated!

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"When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
'Death is swallowed up in victory.'
'O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?'
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:54-57).

Decisions, Decisions...

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So much has happened, yet so little has changed.  I am realizing that I am at a point in my life where I have basically reached my prime.  The formative years when I was a kid up until I graduated college were full of fun, excitement, freedom, and many, many lessons learned.  But now that I'm an adult (ha!) I am caught in the fast-paced world of work.  What a drag....

It's 4th Down in Bolivar...

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"Football is the best sport.  You know why?  Cause you can hit people and not go to jail for it."

Said by my defensive line coach at Greenville College, Coach Stew is exactly right.  There is something about football that makes it

Legacy: It Starts Now!

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I often ask my students at school (especially on Journal Day) how they want to be remembered.  I want them to think about the daily choices they have made, are making, and will make in their lives.  After all, life is all about choices.  When we add up all our choices at the end of our lives, what we have is our legacy; how we will be remembered.

I am not the man you think I am.

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Will you descend with me into my soul?  But beware! for it is not pretty, yet it is my home.  In my heart lies a world of darkness shrouded in nauseating mist.  Follow me closely, lest you fall off a cliff.

God's Blessings

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"Thank you for the ways you bless your people, Lord."

How many times I find myself saying, "Wow!  Thank you God for blessing me with such and such."  But are God's blessings simply unnecessary material things that God chooses to give us out of His great love for us?  Or are they something entirely different?

Today, I literally just finished hooking up my "new" Kenmore washer and dryer

Dirt

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This year is the first year I have really lived on my own.  Loneliness sometimes creeps in, but part of growing up and becoming a responsible adult is to pay your own way in life.  So I've had to pay my own rent, electricity, water, garbage pick-up, food, and any other expenses that come with living in America.  Oh, and taxes.  I never understood taxes; if the United States was started partly on the basis of not wanting to pay taxes to the King of England, then why do we still pay taxes now that we have our own country?

Living life on my own has brought many firsts with it.  Besides getting a full-time job as a teacher and paying the bills as I mentioned earlier, I now am responsible for

Of Washing and Waxing and a Job Well Done...

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My red, Chevy Cobalt was looking rather dirty yesterday.  For one, my cat thinks it's her job to leave her footprints all over the hood, windshield, and top.  Next, the birds think it's their duty to leave me presents from the sky as they fly overhead.  Lastly, dust, dirt, and

Momentary Musings... And Answered Prayer!

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Last summer, I prayed often for boldness and courage, two qualities I was lacking in my manhood.  Six months later and a state later, the Lord has most certainly answered my prayers.  (If only I could remember all the things I have asked God, I could write an entire novel worth of answered prayers!)

An Update: Feeding the Homeless

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This update has been a long time in coming, so I'll just get right into it.

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to feed the homeless in Memphis.  We left my church Saturday morning, our bus filled with clothing, water, and hot dog buns.  The small group of us were on our way to

Make War, Be Still

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Have you ever felt like your failures are too much for God to forgive?  Maybe your sin is too great for Him to look past, or you've let God down too many times, so many times that He won't listen to you anymore.  Or maybe you try to talk to God, but shame suddenly surpasses all other feelings and you stop short, utterly rejected.  Why even try any longer?  You have failed and all you will ever amount to is a heap of failures and shortcomings.

You are not alone in feeling this way.  I felt defeated lately; everything I did seemed to end up in shame and guilt, and no matter how bad I wanted to cry out to God for help, I didn't feel worthy.

Then God shook my world.

Follow Me!


Mark 1:16-20
16As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  18At once they left their nets and followed him.
19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
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Cats, Raccoons, Goldfish, and God's Grace

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Two nights ago, right before I prepared to go to bed, I let my cat outside.  I opened the door to the garage and walked out, coaxing my cat with food to follow me.

It was dark under the cloudy sky, and the cool night air was sneaking under the garage door that I had propped open about six inches with a couple of bricks.  Suddenly, my cat

I Am

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Dogs are great.  It is no wonder they are called man's best friend.  I never thought about this until now, but I wonder what it was like trying to domesticate the first wolf?  Can you imagine how many bites and scratches Adam must have had all over his body?  Rough.

Average Aaron

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My first year of football coaching has produced some memorable moments.  Once, at practice, a sophomore running back named Travis had his undershirt

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