Life Side by Side

In this video post, Richie reflects on an experience he and Timi had recently while working to repair a plumbing leak in the cellar of the farmhouse they call home. What IS love anyway? The movies tell us it must include passion and romance but life is typically less glamorous but significantly richer and more…

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Should We “Forgive and Forget”?

Forgiveness can be a sticky subject. If you’ve found yourself on the giving end recently, you know what we mean. “But if I’ve forgiven him, don’t I have to treat him just like before? That’s the loving thing to do, right? We frequently hear questions like this from people who have experienced harm in a…

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When I’m Weak…

I probably never felt weaker than the day I went to work in the hay fields. I was 13 or 14 and I really wanted to earn some money that summer. The phone would ring for my brothers to go work at haying or other things but not for me. But then one day a…

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6 Reasons I Don’t Want to Share My Progress… and the 2 Reasons I am Anyway

At the beginning of this year I shared my goals for the year and pledged to share monthly updates on my progress. There are at least 6 reasons that I don’t want to share my progress report for February.  But I’m going to anyway and I’ll tell you why at the end of the post.…

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Balancing My Goals for 2015

Years ago I made one New Year’s resolution that I have kept… to never make another resolution!! That said, I take the beginning of a New Year very seriously. I reflect on where we’ve been in the past year and I pray and plan for balanced growth in the newly born year. I set GOALS.…

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The Baby Changes Everything…

Recently as we walked into church, someone pointed a video camera at me and asked, “What does Christmas mean to you?” Freeze frame. What DOES Christmas mean to me? It means the year is nearly done. It means traveling to spend time with family. It means shopping, and “Silk Nog”. But is there more? Oh…

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The Good Neighbor sheds light on caring for Abuse Victims – Video

Recently, I took a day and went to the woods. I hiked a new trail, drank in new views, and then sat down to hear from a familiar book. There on the hillside, an old story spoke to me in a new way. I was so moved by it that I recorded a video about…

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Invest in Your Family Without Breaking the Bank

Where do we turn for the very best in marriage and parenting resources? You might be surprised. This last week we’ve been enjoying the Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage DVD’s. No, we didn’t buy them on Amazon for $39.99. We got them for FREE from our Library. We regularly check out books on parenting, marriage,…

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Breaking the Silence Around Porn Pt. 3

Research shows that the number of men and women getting hooked by porn is rising. We can’t fool ourselves by believing that this issue isn’t touching us in the church. In many cases pornography is destroying us. I’m happy to recommend our friend Pastor Bernie Anderson’s book on this topic. It’s called Breaking the Silence: A…

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Breaking the Silence Around Porn Pt. 2

Research shows that the number of men and women getting hooked by porn is rising. We can’t fool ourselves by believing that this issue isn’t touching us in the church. In many cases pornography is destroying us. I’m happy to recommend our friend Pastor Bernie Anderson’s book on this topic. It’s called Breaking the Silence: A…

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