Wednesday Morning Jackisms (and Brennisms)

Wednesday Morning Jackisms (and Brennisms)

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Friends, it’s been a crazy three weeks I haven’t been able to write much during that time (I mean, I COULD have hauled my laptop down to the beach an written instead of basking in the sun, but there are limits.) As a stop gap measure I offer up this set of sayings from my children. I hope that they make…

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Songs for Easter (1 & 2)

Songs for Easter (1 & 2)

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. Happy Easter everyone! Much has changed since we’ve posted these playlists, but the Savior is very much alive and working for his glory and our good! I still love the songs (all 25 of them) and this time of year. We will leave you with these words: “But the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus…

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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

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As a confessed worrier, fear has been a part of my life since childhood. Thus, my favorite parts of Scripture are those that give me reasons to let go of fear and to trust the ever-watchful, ever-active, and ever-protecting God. The Holy Spirit was very kind when he recently surprised me with an extra dose of illumination and conviction from a…

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Running from a Rabid Dog into the Burning House

Running from a Rabid Dog into the Burning House

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For the anxious, nothing seems so pleasant or desirable as being safe. I should know, because safety is my idol of choice. I almost never feel safe. And so I run to false “saviors” looking for security. They temporarily satiate my desires by making me promises, promises of safety and peace in the chaos of life. They say, “Run to money and you’ll…

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Self-Loathing vs. Cheap Grace

Self-Loathing vs. Cheap Grace

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While counseling I often find myself reminding people either of the wretchedness of sin or the magnificent grace of God. I say “or” instead of “and” because it is sometimes difficult for us to believe both truths at the same time. Nonetheless, it is vital to believe in both. And it’s not really that we’re supposed to try to keep…

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Songs for Suffering (5)

Songs for Suffering (5)

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One of my favorite books of the bible is I Peter. There are many reasons, but today I remembered how Peter admonishes his readers to stand firm while suffering (1 Pet 5:12) through the grace supplied by God (1 Pet 5:10). As it so happens God providentially had me begin a sermon series in this book right before he was…

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Being Human…What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

Being Human…What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

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The Christmas season has arrived, and having read many blogposts about how good parents do special things for the advent season, I decided to try and do something with the boys. Not wanting to get ridiculous, I gently steered Liz away from all her talk of daily advent craft projects, daily candle lighting or advent calendars complete with candy and ornaments…

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Songs for Christmas (3) Our Response

Songs for Christmas (3) Our Response

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Here is the second playlist dedicated to the “newer” Christmas songs. Last week’s focused on the birth of Christ, this week we tried to find songs that spoke about our response to this miraculous birth. We hope that you enjoy them!

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Songs for Christmas (2) His Birth

Songs for Christmas (2) His Birth

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Last night I re-read a post that I wrote last year. In it I finished with this. “Jesus’s descent to humanity cannot be captured in a quaint manger scene, complete with swaddling clothes, oxen and sheep. The fact that he was born in a stable is amazing, of course, but the fact that he came at all is infinitely more incredible. These…

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