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When a Lion Breathes on Your Neck

As we slowly walked toward the den of lions their deep roar rattled within my bones, sending a chill throughout my entire body. How could we possibly throw this man in with those ferocious beasts? I knew he felt the chill and heard the roar as well. Even so, I heard him utter under his breath: “O God of my fathers; praise be your name forever and ever. Wisdom and power are yours and you give it to the wise […]

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Why Do You Doubt?

“I wonder where Jesus is?” I thought to myself as I tried to hold the oar steady against the beating waves.  It was unusually rough and we were all working to stay afloat.  The waves created additional turmoil in my mind.  Our brother, John the Baptist, was just beheaded and it rested heavily on my heart. I wondered if my fate would be the same as his? My mind drifted to the hillside earlier in the day. I still can’t […]

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Defining Trust

Yesterday, I was blown away to find out that a fellow blogger quoted my writing on her site.  Please understand that it wasn’t the fact of using my words, although I was honored and so glad they spoke to her, it was the quote she used that got my attention.  (PS – Robin writes about a Courageous Heart here, go check it out!)  She quoted words about my grandfather’s suicide. “Life will be full of moments that can define you, […]

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A Search for the Truth

I don’t have it all figured out, but I am searching as I continue my journey. I especially DO NOT want to preach. But I do know this… I’m tired of adjusting the truth… I want to be wise… “When the truth presents itself, the wise person sees the light, takes it in, and makes adjustments. The fool tries to adjust the truth so he does not have to adjust to it.” – Dr. Henry Cloud This isn’t a sermon […]

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The Allegorical Tale of a Town Called Comfortable

∞ “Just as God gives comfort to the faithful in their affliction, He will surely afflict the comfort of those unwilling to step beyond it—which probably makes Him an irresistible hero for the called, and the unspoken villain for those who’d rather keep cheering them on from a distance.” —Kevin Adams, The Extravagant Fool ∞ Far away, along the road to purpose, is a town called Comfortable. Hidden perfectly within the mountains, it sits just beyond the river and past the […]

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Your Next Step: Thoughts on Moving Forward When You Feel Stuck

In the summer of 2014, less than one week after completing a Half Ironman, I was diagnosed with stage three, spreading malignant melanoma. I’m not sure I’ll ever be comfortable writing those words, but I am eternally grateful for the prognosis. By God’s grace, I am now cancer free. After my surgery, I took eight months off from exercising. Four of those months were necessary. The other four were a by-product of my own excuses. Finally, after months of internal wrestling, I started running […]

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The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make

Earlier this week, I saw an online guru share the number of website views they have each month as a way to introduce themselves. It was an attempt to validate the scope of their leadership. My initial reaction was, “Holy cow, that’s a lot of influence.” Feelings of insufficiency immediately followed. One million views a month seemed incredible. I quickly discredited my own opportunity for influence, but then I remembered when I first began blogging and 10,000 views seemed unachievable. Whether it is website views or […]

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