Devotional: For Better or Worse, In Health & If Handicapped – A Love Story Excerpt

Devotional: For Better or Worse, In Health & If Handicapped – A Love Story Excerpt

I read the selection below in James Merritt’s How to Be a Winner and Influence Anybody: The Fruit of the Spirit as the Essence of Leadership.  Merritt actually excerpted the passage from David Ireland’s book Letters to an Unborn Child. Ireland had a debilitating neurological disease that confined him to a wheelchair. He knew he might never have the opportunity to enjoy a relationship with or see his unborn child grow up, so he wrote a book with letters to the unborn child.

God desires to change our hearts and reveal his beauty, love, and sacrifice to us more than he seeks to use his God-magic-wand to change the circumstances. […]

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Sandals Church Sermon / Small Group Notes: John 13 – Love & Servanthood

Sandals Church Sermon / Small Group Notes: John 13 – Love & Servanthood

We have a stupendous church with amazing teaching and a fantastic small group. Every week my wife and I lead a small group bible study, and I figured since I take lotsa’ notes and actually spend time preparing for it every week, I might as well post them for you. I’m going to make it easy on me by posting them in information “note” format. Hopefully you find this both useful and helpful. Please give me feedback and let me know.

When I create posts like these, I will try to include the following:

  • A quick overview of the sermon
  • My notes / thoughts from the sermon in bullet point format
  • Discussion questions
  • Paste the scripture we read aloud in small group
  • Provide a link to the sermon

This week’s sermon was on John 13… which was about Christ taking on the position of a lowly slave and washing the gross, dirty, horse-manure caked feet of his disciples.

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Pastor Rick Warren’s TED Talk: A Life of Purpose & What’s In Your Hand?

Pastor Rick Warren’s TED Talk: A Life of Purpose & What’s In Your Hand?

In July 2006, Rick Warren gave a poignantly powerful and incredibly inspirational Ted Talk lecture on God having an intentional purpose for our lives. He also explained how God uniquely designed and empowered each of us with talents, skills, strengths, gifts, and resources for which are both responsible and accountable. Watch this lecture. […]

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The Little Stuff: Joyful Marriage Love in Making the Pillowy Bed Every Morning

The Little Stuff: Joyful Marriage Love in Making the Pillowy Bed Every Morning

All too often you hear stories of  “Tornado Husbands” that unnecessarily and inconsiderately leave a wake of disarray as they meander through their homely habitats. Wives will inevitably feel  frustrated, resentful, exhausted, disrespected, offended, overwhelmed, sad, and more. Yes, there is definitely a balance to this, but more often than not, men get lazy. Yes, days can be long and exhausting, but get over yourself.

I remember the beginning of our marriage, after my brand-spanking new wife and I started living together, I was and am still amazed by the “little stuff” that matters to her. Do not misunderstand me, I am not complaining! I am merely an amateur anthropologist documenting surely staggering phenomena. Since I am the most perceptive husband in the world, I have observed the following […]

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Lowly Woman: Cook, Clean, Make Babies & SUBMIT to Your Husband

Lowly Woman: Cook, Clean, Make Babies & SUBMIT to Your Husband

Pardon the ridiculous title, but I bet we gotcha readin’ didn’t we? Yes folks, we used the “S” word… today we are going to take a few moments to explore the frightful topic of “marital submission”. What is the Bible’s CORE message about submission? What does submission actually look like within a Christian marriage?

“Submit” is really just a sensationally saucy word for “serve” […]

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