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No Pain No Gain

Well, I'm officially working out again. I say again because there have been several seasons in my life that I've committed myself to maintaining a gym membership and working out regularly. I've been made fun of for being skinny most of my life, and consequently, I've never liked being thin. It's always been a goal of mine look like Will Smith, who I'm frequently mistaken for already, when I take my shirt off. I love any opportunity to go to the gym and work on shaping the body. I want the six-pack, the broad shoulders and back, and the muscular chest. I become conscious of what I'm eating, and start...

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I’m ok

My youngest daughter Gabby when she was first developing her "life of the party" personality had a phrase she would always say when she would fall down. She was two years old, and as most toddlers do,  she would fall down frequently. Whenever she would fall, however, she would shout: " whoops... I'm ok!". This was so funny to my wife and me, and even now as I'm typing this, I'm smiling. It was cute and funny every time, and  it was  re-assuring. As a parent you hear "thuds" all the time in your home, and each time, you're hoping that there isn't some serious injury to one of your babies that...

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Stay Sober

I recently saw a news story in which a woman fell onto some train tracks at a train station in New York City. They showed video of this woman falling onto the tracks and footage of some of the other folks waiting for the train frantically waving at the train operator to stop. I kept thinking to myself as I saw this woman, "what kind of fool would....", and then the report revealed that it was ten o'clock at night and that this woman had just come from a party. She was drunk, and she is fortunate to be alive today. Obviously, people are safer, sharper, and less dangerous when they are not drunk,...

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I don’t wanna stop

So there we were singing: I just wanna worship You all my days....... when suddenly something incredible happened. I've been leading worship from a platform since like 1996 when I was on "side worship" at Crosscurrent back in Rockford, Illinois, and I've never been in a room where the people on the floor took worship and owned it the way the students at Oxygen did on this past weekends fall retreat. It was Saturday night and the team and I were expecting the atmosphere to be charged as it always is on the last night of a weekend where we do  nothing but focus on God and His plan for our lives....

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