Developing a Hunger


As we begin this new year, most of us have assembled a list of goals or resolutions to pursue. The writing down of goals is an incredibly important habit. Having a strategy to along with them matters too.

But in order to make any progress on those areas, you need a drive. You need a hunger. I’ve been thinking about my focus for this new year and how I can develop a hunger for 2017.

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A Prayer For 2017


As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016, I have a prayer for the New Year. With the passing of one season, we align ourselves for what is up and coming. We embrace the newness that is before us.

So, as January first rolls around, there is a prayer I have for my life, my world, and my future. I hope you’ll join me in praying too for this new year that is before us.

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This Election And Its Impact On Students

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I feel like I’m late to the game when it comes to saying something–scratch that–ANYTHING about the upcoming election. This has been intentional on my part, not because I’m worried about anyone disagreeing with me, but because I didn’t know how to approach the subject.

Honestly, and I know I’m not alone here, I’m not a fan of either candidate. I know supporters on both sides and I figured I’d write something from the perspective of what I am–a youth pastor. So, here are some thoughts as a youth pastor on what I’ve heard and observed from my students about this upcoming election.

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The Most Important Part Of Our Marriage


Mayonnaise fries in Amsterdam. Why not?

There are a lot of things in my life that are quite good and wonderful and truth be told, I am a pretty happy person for the most part. But there’s one aspect of my life that brings me an unparalleled amount of joy and life. For the past eight years, I’ve been married to my best friend, and we are having a blast sharing in life together.

There are a number of things about our relationship that I cherish and love, but there is one aspect in particular, I believe, that keeps us grounded and growing together. This monumental and irreplaceable aspect for us is the importance of shared experiences.

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