Tag: love

Start With Love

As we look forward to a new year, I have a simple challenge. And, it’s one that’s pretty good, because it comes from Jesus: This is the year to love your neighbours.  I mean, this is what Jesus calls us to do in Mark 12:30-31 (NLT): “You must love the Lord your God with all your…

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Fear

Our boys have a habit of writing out their prayers. This is something they were taught at KidZone. They were even given little journals. And, often what we do is read their prayers together. A while back, this is the prayer that Asher wrote… Don’t worry, I’ll translate his handwriting for you. It says: “God, can…

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Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

The other day, something surprising happened in our house. Eden wasn’t listening, so we put her in time-out, which she really dislikes (which I’m also sure most kids dislike). But, here is the surprising thing: Asher saw this happening, and while he knew she needed to go to time-out, he also didn’t want her to…

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The Value of Being Known

Here are two biblical truths: 1. God knows everything about you (Jeremiah 12:3; John 10:27; 1 Corinthians 13:12) 2. God loves you (John 3:16; Zephaniah 3:17; Romans 5:8) And, these two truths are incredibly important, and go hand in hand. Because, one without the other would be utterly destructive, and here is why: If God…

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What Are You Scared Of?

The truth is, I’m scared of a lot. And, if you listen to fear, it only speaks louder, and more confidently. The problem with listening to your fears isn’t only that fear lies, but that fear controls your freedom. Fear controls your freedom. Erwin McManus put it this way: “What you fear establishes the boundaries…

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Conditional Love

Here is the awkward truth of my life, and likely yours… I talk a lot about the unconditional love of God, and showing it to others, but mostly the love I show is conditional. This was recently pointed out to me in and through the writings of Thomas Merton. If you’ve never read him, I…

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“Daddy, Watch Me!”

Our daughter, Eden, is three years old, and amazing. I’m obviously biased, but I think she is beautiful, so bouncy with energy, and adorable. Your kids are probably cute too. 🙂 Anyways, she has this habit of saying, as only a three-year-old can, at the top of her lungs, “Daddy, watch me, watch me, watch…

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Where’s Your Focus?

There is a beautiful quote from theologian, Paul Tillich, about the relationship between love and help. He writes this: “There is no love which does not become help.” I find this immensely helpful. Because, in my world (and probably yours too), the situations around me are complex. Sometimes I see the struggles in the lives…

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“We Can Have Enemies, Right?”

I have always believed that the Bible matters and is relevant to all ages. I just didn’t realize how true that was, even for little kids, until the other day when I was driving Asher to school. As we were driving, Asher said, “Dad, you can have enemies, right? If someone hits you a lot,…

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Lessons from My Neighbourhood

  You might be jealous after this post, but I have to say it: I have great neighbours. And no, you can’t have them. They are all awesome, each of them in their own unique way. So, let me tell you about some of the things they have done for me… Shut my car door…

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