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The Best Thing I Learned From Hook
The Best Thing I Learned From Hook

The Best Thing I Learned From Hook

Isn’t that a wonder?
When you’re alone
You’re not alone
Not really alone

Maggie Banning, Hook

Hook has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It came out when I was 10 years old (25 years ago!) and I could probably still watch it once a week. I mean c’mon! Peter Pan, Lost Boys, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook!

I absolutely love the song that Peter (Banning) Pan’s daughter sings while being held captive by Capt. Hook. She’s scared. She feels alone. She wants her family.

She singing a song about the stars and how they watch over her. She sings that she can pick any one of them to watch over her. This is the sentiment of a young, scared girl who wants her family.

I’ve felt like that before, minus the Capt. Hook enslavement. Alone. Scared. Lonely. Unwanted.

I feel like the emotion is more common than most of us realize.

I wish I would’ve known in my times of loneliness that I wasn’t alone, not really alone.

“…I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20b, Message

So, no matter how alone I felt, I wasn’t really alone. But this simple statement from Jesus also carries huge implications.

When I’m happy, He’s rejoicing with me.

When I’m sad, He’s weeping with me.

When I’m by myself, He’s with me.

I believe this truth is paramount to the believer.

I know that when I was younger, I wouldn’t have done half of the silly things, brave things, or scary things I did if I was by myself. I think the same is true now.

I can step out in faith in little and big things because I’m not stepping out alone.

Peter wasn’t stepping out of a boat in a storm onto water alone. He was stepping out of a boat in a storm onto water with Jesus.

You don’t have to feel alone. You can feel accompanied.

Isn’t that a wonder?
When you’re alone
You’re not alone
Not really alone

You Can't Plan It Out But You Can Get In The River

You Can’t Plan It Out But You Can Get In The River

The journey of holiness is not one of arriving, it’s simply staying in the river.

Stop worrying about making it to “holiness” as if it’s a destination on the map. Your arrival isn’t dependent on you doing or not doing something. It’s simply yielding to the river that surrounds you.

What’s the river? God.

Why must we trust Him for our holiness? He knows the way and He’s the one who makes us holy.

You can’t push (don’t do) something to move the river nor can you pull (do) something to make the river move. You can only stay in the water and let the current move you downstream. You MUST trust the river.

The flow of the river doesn’t care if you’re perfect. The flow of the river doesn’t care if you’re right. The flow of the river doesn’t care about your denominational affiliation. The river only cares about you getting in and enjoying the ride.

So, what’s your to-do list for holiness?

  1. Get in the river.
  2. Trust the river.
  3. Stay in the river.

I hope I didn’t lose you in the river metaphor. I thought it was just a decent one to get my thought across.

Check out these scripture for more information.

  • Hebrews 10:10
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with a Yes

The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with a Yes

Where you stop is where you stop. There’s always more of God.
Karen Wheaton

I’ve heard Mrs. Karen say this hundreds of times, and it rings true to me as much today as the first time I heard it. Our journey into Christ is one of exploration. We will eternally explore the extents of what we have access to in Christ.

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How To Live a Thank You Life

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Karl Barth

Joy is my favorite. I love the way the joy of the Lord makes me feel. But, it’s just not about me. It’s about Jesus. 

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Love God and Do What You Want

People want to hear the Good News but they dread the Good News. I don’t know why they dread it so much but they do. We are afraid of it. We are afraid of really being forgiven and being free. It’s very strange.

Robert F. Capon

What is it about freedom that really excites and scares us?

Could it be that since all we’ve known is fences and the possibility of open land is terrifying?

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God Will Over Pay for What He Wants

A few weeks ago at church, we were talking about sin. We quoted Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

I used the example of a kidnapping and a ransom note being given. In this instance. the ransom note said,

God, if you want your precious creation back you must pay the highest price.

I asked what the highest price could be. There were many answers, but one child said, “God himself came down to pay!

I was floored!

I’m not sure that they got 100% of what they just said, but they got it!

18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.[a]
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Colossians 1:18-20, NLT

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Jesus, You Look Just Like Your Dad

Jesus is the perfect representation of the Father.

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The entire reason Jesus came was to show us the Father. Jesus didn’t stand with a finger pointing up to an ambiguous heaven. He stood with all of heaven inside and pointed to Himself.

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No One Wants It But Everyone Needs It

Patience is a process but it’s also a necessity.
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Nobody wants patience but everybody needs it.

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I remembering hearing of ultra marathons several years ago. These things are intense. Check out this Wikipedia article.

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9 Ways Babies Will Make You Question Everything

9 Ways Babies Will Make You Question Everything

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

Being a dad of 4 awesome kids is one of the best things in my life while at the same time one of the most stressful. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But, I do wish I was a little more prepared.

Let me give you a few things that I have learned that may help you.


Start buying diapers the day after you find out you’re pregnant.
Seriously. Babies go through diapers and wipes like a fat man goes through Oreos. Also, buy size 1 and 2, don’t buy a ton of newborn size. Pro tip: SAM’s Club usually has really good deals.

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