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We Are Weak, But We Are His

  That morning I broke apart. It was Easter morning. Easter: the pinnacle of our faith—and yet I yelled at my kids. I was trying to worship and “tune my heart to see His grace.” My children were set up with coloring books and quiet toys in hopes that I could have a few moments […]

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Music and Truth

  For ten Sundays I have looked across a nearly empty sanctuary and sung into a camera lens 75 feet away. This would be awkward even if it were a TV studio. But knowing what I know, and singing what I sing, it’s beyond awkward. It’s painful. I know that all those empty seats are […]

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Graduation or Not, May God be Glorified

  At the beginning of this year, my final year of high school, I had many expectations for the coming months. Even long before then, I had caught glimpses of what my senior year might look like by watching my brother and his friends successfully finish their high school careers. I had patiently waited and […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

  “No one is poor who has had a godly mother.” –Abraham Lincoln   The modern-day celebration of Mother’s Day began over one hundred years ago at a small church in West Virginia. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother since she firmly believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you […]

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Look and See

Last Sunday we sang “Look and See” by the Village Church as a (virtual) congregation and the first line of the chorus kept echoing in my mind throughout the day. “Oh look and see our God.” Specifically, the two verbs “look” and “see.” According to Webster’s, to look is to turn one’s eyes toward something […]

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Being Thankful During Times Like These

On March 8, Joan and I were having a great Sunday afternoon traveling back from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee having experienced a wonderful marriage retreat with many of our Buck Run family. In all our reflection and conversation, little did we realized the changes that were about to take place in our lives and the world […]

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Do All These Pieces Belong?

  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5   A friend of mine received a puzzle where part of the challenge was not knowing what the completed puzzle would be. The box was blank, no picture. Inside the box were clues to help you. Each piece was […]

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10 Ways to Grow During COVID-19

Many of us are in a very different rhythm of life than we could have ever imagined a few months ago. Some have found themselves working a significant amount more, struggling to make intentional time to invest in family, community, and if we’re honest, the Lord. Others have been working primarily from home, a task […]

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Sorrow and Glory

Dear Buck Run Family: My heart is full and overflowing after our very special Easter weekend. It was so uplifting, so encouraging, and so productive—may we never have another one like it! Like so many things in life, we would not choose this, nor would we want to go through it again, yet we can […]

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Hope is a Lion (and the heavens are roaring)!

I’ve noticed I say “hope” a great many times throughout my day. When I’m talking or texting, praying or just thinking, I keep “hearing” – “I hope.” I hope you are safe. I hope you have a good day. I hope he or she feels better. I hope you get that job or assignment or […]

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