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::Devotional:: ‘When The Devil Beats You Down’

December 10, 2010

Have you ever felt like some days Satan jumps on your back and just won’t let up?  Temptations seem to be more prevalent, memories of past sins are vibrant in your mind, and you begin to just feel whipped.  I recently had a day like that and reminded myself that when the devil beats you down you have to look to Jesus to get back up. Read more…

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::Devotional:: ‘You Only Have One Chance To Raise A Child’

December 8, 2010

“You only have one chance to raise a child.”  I read that several months ago in our local paper and it has stuck in my mind ever since.  It has been the source of discussion at our school about the importance of Christian education and it has given me much to think about as a father.  In fact, the more I ponder that statement the more I realize how much I need God to help me be a father as he’s called me to be according to his word. Read more…

::Devotional:: ‘Sowing The Seed In My Son’

December 6, 2010

Yesterday marked 1 month until Maverick’s due date.  Can you believe that?  One month away?  It seems like just a few weeks ago that my wife and I were announcing we were expecting.  Where has the time gone?  I have a feeling I’m going to be saying that a lot as a father now aren’t I?  Feeling especially unqualified in the fatherhood department this morning, I returned to a familiar passage of scripture on being a godly father, Ephesians 6:4.

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::Devotional:: ‘When All You Have Is A Drum’

November 29, 2010

Growing up, it wasn’t officially the Christmas season to me until the 45’s (records) hit the record player and I hit the attic to retrieve the Christmas tree.  That was the official inauguration ceremony of the season around our house.  Mom always had a mixture but I can distinctly remember an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album and another record that had the song the Little Drummer Boy on it.  That song quickly became my all time favorite Christmas song.  As a kid I thought it had a great beat and now as an adult I believe it has an incredible message we all would do well to apply to our lives. Read more…

::Devotional:: ‘Thankful For Reconciliation’

November 24, 2010

I’m big on the Bible.  If you visit The Journey very often you probably already know that.  In this Thanksgiving season, I wonder what verse(s) you are thankful for? Read more…

::Devotional:: ‘When God Won’t Listen’

November 22, 2010

Do you ever feel like your prayers aren’t being heard?  Have you prayed for things for prolonged periods of time and yet don’t seem to even be able to see the smallest evidence that God’s listening to you?  What can you do when God won’t listen?  The thing about all these questions is that they have more to do with you than they actually have to do with God. Read more…

::Devotional:: ‘A House Of Peace’

November 19, 2010

Yesterday I picked up the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and thumbed through some of the pages before stopping on a particular passage dealing with the front porch of a house.  In essence, a house with a porch promotes fellowship, conversation, communication, and independent thought.  It promotes rest and a slower paced life.  Something we could all use a little more of don’t you think? Read more…