Thank God I Was Bullied

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Bullying is one of the “hot-button” issues of our day. It has gone from simply being a kid that takes your lunch money to what’s called “cyber-bullying,” where the bullying takes place on a social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other choices. Our society has become obsessed with putting a stop to this. A friend of mine told me that his child was told they had to wear a certain color shirt to school one day to support the drive to end bullying. Interestingly, the kid felt like if he didn’t wear the shirt, he would be an outcast…ridiculed for not being a part of the anti-bullying campaign…now that is irony at its finest… Continue reading

Please, God…NO…

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I have wanted to write this for a long, long time, but I have been so afraid…but here goes anyway…

Several years ago my oldest daughter, Anna, said something that really shook me. Truth be told, the echo of her words bouncing around in my head has made me, at times, a nervous wreck. The irony is that these words are the kind that many fathers may live for…but not this one… Continue reading

Amazing Grace

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John Newton was the songwriter who wrote the all-too-familiar hymn, Amazing Grace. After becoming a believer in Christ, he began to rid himself of the sinful habits of this world…things that were considered immoral or unholy. There was, however, one particular area in which he continued to struggle. He was a slave-trader, and he continued in this work even after his conversion. Eventually, he did leave that trade and became a supporter of the abolition of slavery. What is interesting about his story is that it is a story of progress…because even after we give our hearts over to Christ, we are still very much in need of growth…progress…and most importantly…we need grace. We need grace for our failures, and grace for our rebellion. We need it just as much for our hard hearts as we do for our broken ones. I was very much reminded of my personal need for grace recently…while on the kitchen floor in front of my brand new refrigerator…

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