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    Bragging on God

    Sometimes, I just have to brag on God.  Yes, I agree that we should always be telling about the amazing wonders God is doing in our lives and those around us. No argument there.  But, today, I just need to brag a bit more through three recent stories. A friend of ours is a student here at Liberty and is from India. He hasn’t been back home to see family and friends for over two years.  He told me recently that while he was on a weekend tour with the Liberty worship choir LU Praise, he stayed in a local host home.  While there, the host couple asked him about…

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    Are You Afraid?

    Have you ever been afraid of something? I mean really afraid? When I was a kid, I spent a night at my Grandma Lenehan’s house.  My grandfather had passed away a few years before, so it was just her.  There was a kitchen, dining and living rooms and two bedrooms on the first floor, with a bathroom in the middle. The night I visited Grandma, I had to sleep in the living room. I don’t remember why, but that’s where Grandma told me to sleep. After I laid down, I closed my eyes and tried to sleep.  It was dark enough, but I kept hearing strange noises. Creaking, grunting, bumping, more creaking. …

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    Like Stories of Old. . .

    The greatest story ever told is not about a baby born in a manager in some forgettable little town in ancient Judea. Although, that particular story is part of the greatest story every told. No, the greatest story ever told is about the descendants of a sheep herder.

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    I’ll Pray for You

      Written by Dave Lenehan   “I’ll be praying for you.”  You heard that from someone before, right? Of course. We all have.  And my guess is that most of us have said that to someone, usually someone close to us when they’ve shared a matter, a need that they wanted us to bring before God in prayer. “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”  The problem is, we don’t always do it, do we? I’m pointing my fingers at myself when I ask that question, because loads of people have asked me that question and too often I have only thought about praying for someone, for that request, right then at…

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    Take Me To Your Leader

      Written by Dave Lenehan   In 1996, the Christian band The Newsboys released their sixth studio album, Take Me to Your Leader. The title track and accompanying video played off of the success of an alien/space theme with matching retro space uniforms, spaceship looking set pieces and a moonlike landscape (but with flowers and water).  The lyrics, written by Newsboy Peter Furler and long-time collaborator, satirist and fellow musician Steve Taylor, point out that how we live as followers of our leader, Jesus, can truly make an impact on those who interact with us.   “He says: I don’t know why you care I don’t know what’s out there I don’t know how…

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    Without Jesus?

      Written by Dave Lenehan   Over the holidays, we got together with our former church small group. We hadn’t been together for months and, as you might guess, a lot had happened in our combined lives over time. We gathered at one of our host homes to catch up on life and pray together.  As each couple seated around the table shared one or two stories of a wayward adult child or other relative, it would have been easy to get weighed down with the heaviness of the conversation.   You know those stories.  You’ve heard ones of someone close to you who has totally walked away from or…

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    The Greatest Gift

    Someone asked me recently, “what was the best present you’ve ever received?” I thought for a few minutes. A few gifts I received as a kid first came to mind. But they weren’t it. Then it struck me: the scooter!

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    Dust Off The Sword

    Written by Dave Lenehan You’ve got to admit that swords are cool.  Maybe it’s because we don’t see them in use on a daily basis (and that’s probably a good thing). Perhaps it’s because our first memory of seeing or even holding a sword likely has a cool story to go along with the blade’s cool factor (watching Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings or Narnia included). When I was in high school, I won newspaper Carrier of the Year from our local Cape Cod Times  through Parade magazine; that award carried with it an all-expense-paid trip to Spain for 10 days.  I had only flown a few times in my life and never out…

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    A Bike Shop & A Sand Dune

    As you go through this first semester of the school year, be on the lookout for ways you can show the love and care of Jesus to others.  It might be a conversation, a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza, an hour under the hood of their car…just be sure you respond.  You might not come up with something as revolutionary as the Wright Flyer, but in the life of that person you reach out to, you might just be the agent of change they need.