Speak Life

Our words carry power. They have the power to usher in life or the power to bring about death.

There are days that I live in this and get this right. I breathe life into my kids. I build up my wife. I am life-giving to my friends.

Then there are times that I take this truth for granted. I...

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Overcoming Unmet Expectations

What do you do when expectations aren’t met? How do you overcome unmet expectations? Whether it be a date night, a vacation, or a conversation, there are going to be times when expectations are high, and go unmet. How do you keep those unmet expectations in check?

1. Speak it out.

An...

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3 Letters that Hurt Any Marriage

What if I told you that many marriages are held back by one word? Would you believe that 3 letters actually prevent many marriages from being all God created them to be?

There is one word that has the power to paralyze your marriage and keep you from the life-giving, love-exchanging marriage God...

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Separation for the Purpose of Reconcliliation

Fifty percent of all marriages in this country end in divorce. Christian marriages are no different than non-Christian marriage when it comes to this statistic. 65% of all divorces are due to infidelity. Sexual sin and brokenness bring hurt and devastation to many marriages.

Restoration is...

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Why You Still Watch Porn

There was an internal dialogue that went on inside my head for the 10+ years I struggled with pornography. The conversation went something like this: “That was the last time I’m ever going to watch that. I’m never doing that again.” The conviction I felt was real. The...

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A Fight You Must Have In Marriage

There is a huge lie that infiltrates all marriages. For years, we bought this lie hook, line and sinker. We thought the things we struggled with, the arguments we had and the issues we faced, were unique to us.

My guess is you’ve experienced this same feeling. You feel like what you...

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One Thing God Can't Do

It feels weird saying out loud that God can’t do something. That kinda goes against what I was brought up to believe about God.

God creates things from nothing.

God parts Red Seas

God heals the sick.

God brings dead things back to life.

God can do anything…right?
Anything is possible...

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How to Stay in Love with the One You Love Most

We talk with couples all of the time that are struggling in their marriage. Their love is stale. Their relationship is stagnant. The grass looks greener with someone else.

Each of the couples are different but the phrase they use is pretty much the same, “I’m just not in love with him...

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Why Having a Baby Won't Fix Your Marriage

In 1998, we moved from Saint Charles, Illinois to Kokomo, Indiana. This move, in my mind would be the move that made everything better. Our son Micah was two years old, Trisha was pregnant with Elijah, and our marriage of three years wasn’t going how either of us envisioned it would go.

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Finding Closure When You Can't Have Restoration

Not all relationships can be restored. Not all relationships should be restored.

What God has been teaching me (Justin) over the past few weeks is that you can have closure even if you can’t have restoration.

A little over four years ago, I found out my dad wasn’t my biological...

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One Thing Failure Can't Do

I’ve feared failure all of my life. I’ve feared failing as a student, as an athlete, as a husband, as a father and as a pastor.

What I’ve learned as I’ve lived with fear of failure for over 30 years…fearing failure doesn’t prevent me from failing.

I’ve...

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Small Miracles Change Everything

Another Christmas is upon us.

Presents stacked under the tree. Hopes and wishes shared with family and friends.

Anticipation of what could and should be in a coming new year.

Christmas is also a reminder of what could have been; what isn’t; what should have changed; what didn’t...

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