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Our Truest Good

“For He claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There’s no bargaining with Him.”¹

Our greatest good is all that we really ever care about. Its the only reason we do anything. Its the fundamental reason in everything we do – we believe it will bring us good. Its the main reason we get up for work early in the morning when we would rather sleep. Its the main reason we take out the garbage. It’s the main reason we bend over backwards for difficult people and situations in life – because we believe that, at the end of the day, doing it will bring us more good than not doing it.

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Pure Magic

I awoke this morning to the sensation of gentle little hands silently stroking my face. I opened my eyes just a crack, still half asleep. My glance was met with a gleeful little smile. I had planned to wake up a bit earlier on this last morning of our vacation, in order to go for a run and see the sunrise over the beautiful tropical landscape. My plans had changed when the alarm rang. Either it was my laziness or the difficulty of parting with my 9 month old daughter who was sleeping soundly next to me. Probably a bit of both. I silenced the alarm, buried my nose in her warm little cheek, and went back to sleep. Waking up two ours later to the touch of her little hands, I decide that this is better than 10,000 tropical sunrises.

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Why Do We Love?

My perspective of valentine’s day has changed and evolved quite a bit in the past year. What was once a rather unimportant day in the year when I was reminded of how fake and superficial our culture’s take on love seems to be, has become a day of deep joy and reflection. The past year and a half of being newly married has really given me a glimpse of the power and centrality of love in life.

Rather than bashing on how this day is a reminder of the many shallow relationships and misconceptions of love, I am excited to celebrate and exalt this wonderful thing called love, and think about its implications for the rest of life.  Continue reading

Vacation, Marriage and the Glory of God

What an amazing vacation. Huge whales, sunny beaches, delicious local food, great Hawaiian coffee, stunning scenery, colorful fish, majestic waves… Sigh. Words fail. It truly was an amazing time. So amazing in fact, that there isn’t any experience in life that I can compare to it. Going out to dinner the last night on Kauai and reflecting on the past week, I was just overwhelmed with wonder at how amazing everything was, how amazing God’s grace was even in this time that my wife and I had together.  Continue reading

2013 – A Year of Firsts

“My my my how time does fly.” It sure does. It feels like it was just yesterday my wife and I were back from our honeymoon and excitedly putting our new home into order. And here we are again – the new year has come and gone. Its almost scary how fast it has gone. And yet, as I look back through this past year I am amazed at how much has changed and how far I am from where I was a year ago.  Continue reading

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