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In the town where I grew up, the 4th of July was a big deal. The morning kicked off with a parade including everybody possible: military veterans, Boy & Girl Scouts, Little League, volunteer firefighters, you name it. Next came the barbecues. The Calvanos always invited our family and a bunch of others to their…

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Happy Fathers Day, men! Have you heard the connection between Mothers Day, the YMCA, and Fathers Day? Sonora Dodd was listening to a sermon commending Moms when she thought of her Dad. You see, her Mom had died giving birth when Sonora was a teenager, leaving her Dad to raise five kids on his own.…

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“Human beings are hope-shaped creatures. How you live today is completely shaped by what you believe about your future.” Hope is powerful! We are hardwired for hope. The absence of hope crushes humans. In Ken Burns documentary on World War II it said that 16,000 Philippine and U.S. troops died in “Camp O’Donnell” — a…

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The story is told of a woman who won the latest performance model Tesla in a contest. Her family and friends were so excited for her and exclaimed, “You’re so lucky!” She smiled and replied, “Maybe.” A few days later she was out driving her hot new car, coming through an intersection, when a new…

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Hope Has a Name

What oxygen is to your lungs, hope is to your soul. It’s essential, not optional. Hope is something we’re all looking for right now, and so today yChurch pivots to a new series that’s all about that—reality-based, time-tested, rock solid hope. I want you to know that generations before us have walked through crises not…

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I’m really hesitant to say this because some are going to misunderstand, but here goes: I hope you come to love Jesus, but give up on religion. Because Jesus sees people with the eyes of a doctor, while religion sees people with the eyes of a judge. There’s a whole backstory about what drew me…

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It’s no secret that people are scared right now. I spoke with someone this week where both husband and wife are out of work and have lost their income. They still have to put food on the table, and put on a brave face for their kids. Others are feeling lonely and detached from friends…

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“Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” For generations, Christians around the world have echoed that faith-filled call and response each Easter Sunday. Today is no exception. Although we are physically separated, Jesus Christ is still risen, He is still Lord, and He is still with us and for us, whatever comes. My Dad is…

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Norman Rockwell Paints Self Portrait

I want to take you to a Scripture today in which Jesus speaks directly into our fears. But for you to really grasp what the Lord wants to say to you, we need to start with an insight from the world of art. This is a favorite painting of mine by American artist Norman Rockwell.…

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