fragile

Sometimes there’s a word that keeps coming up in your world regardless of the context. For instance, as many of you know, the Arps are in the process of moving. And so on many of the boxes that contained our earthly possessions we printed the word “Fragile”. And not because we are necessarily particularly fond…

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the least

This last Wednesday the teens of Central and I visited a familiar passage to many of us. The passage speaks of a parable when the Son of Man returns in His Glory and separates all of the nations into segments, much like a shepherd separates the sheep and the goats of a herd. To the…

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prepared

Don’t you just love it when someone tells you there are only 48 days left until Christmas. The countdown to Christmas used to be so exciting as a kid. But as an adult, well…it’s still fun, it just comes with a little baggage. There are even those moments where you almost seize up a bit…

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there’s Jesus

I’m a Christmas Spirit junkie….there I said it. After all, the first step is admitting you have a problem, right? But man do I get wrapped up in the trees, presents, warm drinks, holly and ivy, carols, nativities, Santa visits, cookies, garland, mistletoe ;), pageants, decorations, smells, sights, and sounds of Christmas. Even last week…

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full time

The season of Advent is upon us…which is weird because it really seems like the season of Christmas is upon us. (Before you disregard everything I am about to write let me just say I am a huge fan of Christmas and this is not at all meant to pit one against the other as…

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receive rather than give

There is nothing like the pounding of tiny feet coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. I am always wrapped up in the anticipation of the season because of that one sound and all the excitement that accompanies it. Kids tearing through wrapping paper; oohing and aahing over all the shiny new toys that Santa…

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set apart peace

You ever find yourself clinging to one of those Bible verses and then realize it doesn’t really mean what you thought it meant? Okay, so maybe that doesn’t happen all the time, but it happened to me today. My life as of late has been rather disquieted for a variety of reasons and so I…

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adventure

I like to think that I am a man of words. In fact, that is kind of how I make my living. Perhaps I don’t always choose the best words but I like to consider myself a student of how they can transform existence and even people sometimes. And now we find ourselves in one…

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come quickly

You always have to measure the urgency in the plea, “Daddy come here”. Of course, if someone is screaming that phrase you know you are needed quickly. But if it is more of an excited/come see what I have done you know you can pace yourself a bit. But regardless of the speed of arrival…

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a vent for Advent

One of my least favorite phrases that I hear in the church around this time of year is, “Only ____ more shopping days left.” Really? Is that really what this time of year has become? A time to amass more debt. A time to stress about the “perfect” gift. A time to tally up who…

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