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Profiling

When I was born They looked at me and said What a good boy What a smart boy What a strong boy When you were born They looked at you and said What good girl What a smart girl What a pretty girl We’ve got these chains Hanging ‘round our necks People wanna strangle us with them Before we take our first breath Names, descriptions, categories, We are born with them, gifted or cursed with them, as we move into and through life. Parents, peers, teachers, drill sergeants, friends, and enemies all play Adam with our lives, for better and. . .
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Finding Safety in the Flood

Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Being overwhelmed is just that, you have no control of your situation. You have lost your grip, your footing, you haven’t even a toehold. Fear floods into your heart as your mind races—and that’s all it does because there are no solutions. Look at the passage again, the end of the earth is a remote place. The Psalmist is far away from rescue. He is. . .
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Where’s the Meaning in Senseless Tragedy?

Disturbing News Nothing remains certain. Politics, economics, and even going to a parade all share the same level of insecurity these days in the minds of people around the globe. Many are left wondering why the world is experiencing such unrest. Why does it seem like the world is unraveling? The answer, in one aspect, is incredibly simple: Everyone is a sinner and we live in a fallen world. But does that mean that there is no hope for having peace of mind? Are the only options to simply wring our hands or distract ourselves through amusement while the lunacy. . .
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How To Break Bad Habits & Develop Better Ones

In a word, the daily life of the Christian is described by, Walk. This simple term captures the idea of incremental routine, of ‘steps’. All of us generally ‘go’ somewhere everyday and usually it is the same places (duties/responsibilities) and at the same pace (again, think: routine). But how we do these things—these everyday things—varies in quality, but more importantly, in godliness. Personal evaluation is vital for sanctification. Growing in Christ and living out our faith is to be natural; habitual. But what if our living habits produce a substandard life compared to what we are offered in Christ? How. . .
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15 Things to Remember When You’re Shattered

My congregation, Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, had a split ten years ago. It was a sad and ugly affair that hurt deeply and estranged friends from one another. Suspicion, doubt, and anger, permeated our days while sleep evaded our nights. Food had little taste and music did little to comfort. As the Psalmist well said, “weeping endured the night.” We were in a season of great distress and sadness and even when I, as an individual, might succeed in “encouraging yourself in the Lord” I still suffered for others who struggled on wondering just what had happened. Not only did. . .
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How Important is This Election?

Election Season The Presidential Campaign certainly is a lively one this time around. It appears that many evangelicals like Donald Trump for all the wrong reasons and dislike Hillary Clinton for all the right reasons which will lead to voting based on the one hand, pride, and on the other hand, fear and loathing. As we watch this present spectacle leading ultimately to fiasco, we should be reminded that Barrack Obama once signaled the “end-of-the-world” for many of us and, hey, we’re still here. Now we all wish that things were different and that all the candidates were so dedicated. . .
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What if You Died Today?

The Business of Dying Warning! This article is pretty boring. But that is not to say in the same breath that it isn’t vital. Many of the important things in life are a matter of diligence, being consistent, by nature are routine and are not—how shall we say—the spice of life. But speaking of life, this article is about Your Contingency Plan when your life is over. Recently I had a dear friend, a young friend die suddenly. He was married, with a house full of children, good job, great church, and then he was gone. I think that in. . .
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A Wedding Homily for Caleb & Lauren

God Gave Us Stories Our text for this occasion is from I Corinthians 10: For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took. . .
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Did You Have a Blue Christmas?

Christmas Bright & Christmas Blue For our Christmas morning breakfast we had waffles, eggs, link sausage, coffee, tea, eggnog, and lots of conversation. A playlist of Christmas hymns and songs played in the background as we ate, talked, and laughed. Later in the day we joined another family for more of the same but this time we were slicing into prime rib and pouring wine. Now all my Yuletides have not been nearly as full. Some late Decembers I went hungry and was mostly alone. I worked on December 25 several times and there was no one to come home. . .
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Your Kids Need to Hear Your Story

Untold Stories Many people are closed books; their stories are untold. Though they may be locked away in memories past, they are presently on display in every facet of one’s personality. Temperament, sense of humor, work ethic, reactions, values, are all just the iceberg’s tip, Beneath the surface there is so much more. And while this tragic phenomenon is worthy of unpacking in multi-book form, I instead just want to encourage you to tell your children Your Story. When you are disciplining your children, tell them of similar sins that you committed. Relay to them how your parents reacted (for. . .
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Viewing Your Children as Future Adults

Developing Maturity Do all that you can to give your kids a wonderful childhood full of laughter, discovery, security, and grand memories, but always with a constant perspective toward their maturity. The idea here is to see how what you are doing is moving them forward toward maturity which then begs the question, “What is maturity?” Maturity is an evaluation of character development. Virtue equates to maturity but vice just means that you’ve gotten older while staying sinfully immature. For example, I am sure that you have noticed that babies are some of the most self-centered beings on the planet.. . .
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American Traveler, International Christian

Having recently returned from a trip to Iceland and France with my two teenage daughters, I shared with the men of my church some of the benefits that I believe such an adventure can accomplish in the hearts and minds of those who travel. One of those benefits is the possibility of becoming more cosmopolitan than American and therefore more Christian. Now behind that statement there is no intent to denigrate my homeland; I only mean that the exposure to other places and people-groups helps to get the perspective that you and yours are not the center of the universe.. . .
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Is Happiness Actually Possible?

Where are you? Everyone is somewhere. Not location necessarily, but location can matter. So where would you say that you are? “I’m here” sounds despondent but still coping. “I don’t know” is honest but sort of the same as, “I’m here” with perhaps a desire to be found. “Not where I should be” is also honest, very honest. But why are you there and are you willing to do something about it? Wait. Maybe that isn’t fair. I shouldn’t assume that you haven’t already tried to change your situation and/or yourself. Everyone Wants to Be Happy Let’s start over. I. . .
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Is God a Stick-in-the-Mud?

The next time you hear anyone describing God by that longstanding caricature of someone who, upon finding people having fun, tells them to stop, remind them that mankind started with a naked man and a naked woman with an entire world to romp and play in and that that was God’s idea. And when you do have that opportunity for such a rebuttal, I hope that it is on a crowded airplane or a long checkout line at the grocery store. We are Ungrateful Now, you may have to concede right then and there that such a critique can be. . .
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We are Making History

Experiencing Old Culture Having just recently returned from a trip to Europe I am finding that everything they say about international jet-lag is true. Well, maybe it’s not just getting used to the time adjustment as much as all those croissants. Yes, the food was great, the coffee was excellent, but the big takeaway was the history of buildings, cemeteries, streets, and statues. Any American is immediately aware of the fact that they are visiting in the Old World having traveled from the New. You are surrounded by manifestations of older culture. Here is where the “Melting Pot” of American. . .
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A Creative Way Busy Dads CAN Help with Homeschooling!

If you homeschool, you know by now that most of the edumakaten’ is done by the mother. Sure, Dad might be the “school” superintendent and most likely he helps with some reading and the occasional shop class but we all know that moms do most of the work. After all, her husband is busy with a 40+ hour work week that can be accompanied by a long commute and occasional work-related travel. My particular situation is a bit different from the nine to five daily schedule. I am able to be home and fill in with philosophy, history, literature, and. . .
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7 Pastoral Don’ts

The man in the pulpit has the responsibility for the spiritual care of the people in his particular sacred community and that is no easy task for many reasons and while there are a multitude of ideas and strategies that will benefit him in his calling there are also some presumptions and motivations that can be detrimental and undermine all of his efforts. So, with the intention to help my fellow pastors I offer seven don’ts that I have learned from others or through my own experience. Don’t Take It Personal Some people are just mean, others have been bitter. . .
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5 Surprising Things About the Proverbs 31 Woman

Everyone knows that the lady described in Proverbs 31 is generally considered to be the supreme example of womanhood found in the Bible and the archetype that all Christian men should seek out for marriage. But there are some facts about the P-31 Girl that most men and even most women are not aware of. This description of the ‘perfect’ female came from another woman—not a man. What we have here is the counsel of King Lemuel’s mom. This might seem like a minor fact and of no real significance but it has been surprising to those I have pointed. . .
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8 Ways to Train UP a Child

Train Up a Child, Not Down Parents need to be careful to insure that their kids are always looking up. Up to them, up to the Lord, and up in life. Brow beaten children should not exist in the church. Neither should there be any youth who struggle with self-image or personal worth that are not receiving constant help and encouragement. We are to coach them in wisdom to follow their God on this amazing journey called Life and since everyday holds for them new challenges, as well as distractions, here are eight ways to help raise them up. 1.. . .
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5 Things You Should Know About Your Dad

Most of his time is taken up with providing for you and the rest of your family; your house, your clothes, your toys, your food. This task is on his mind a lot. This means that he is often gone before you get up in the morning. And when he gets home in the evening he is often tired and the job is still on his mind. But you are in his heart and he performs his duties to insure that there is food on your table, and that the family can go on vacations, and also that your birthday. . .
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Laurence Windham

Laurence Windham.

Rev. Laurence Windham is a parish pastor at Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Virginia, husband of Angela and Father to Lauren, Alayna, Ethan, Garrett, and Miles. He shares his life at http://sppcpastor.blogspot.com/
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