G E T

Last week I attended not one, but two ribbon-cutting ceremonies. I know, I’m kind of a big deal. One was a community event in New Port Richey and the other was the dedication of the new dorm at Trinity College (where Restoration meets). At the...

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B I R T H D A Y
B I R T H D A Y

I’ve heard it said, “The more birthdays you have, the less you celebrate them.” I hope that’s never true at Restoration. I’ve believed this community has been a gift to my family, to our families, and to the community since the day it began and...

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RSPACE
RSPACE

Have you ever had a conversation where you knew the other person wasn’t listening? Like, they were checking their phone or looking away or their eyes were glazed over? I was in a band in college because in college you have to be in a band. Right?...

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M I S T A K E S
M I S T A K E S

Have you ever just horribly, irreversibly, unbelievably messed up? Me neither. jk. jk. Seriously, I can’t even count how many of these failures I’ve had. It’s that awkward moment you realize your mistake. You feel a pit in your stomach. You...

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S N A K E S
S N A K E S

A few months ago I took my family on vacation. Well, kind of a vacation. It was another city where I had a speaking engagement. As pastors kids, you learn that your vacations are wherever your family gets free lodging and an honorarium. We spent...

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T E N
T E N

Each year, there are predetermined readings for Lent. The readings are on a three-year rotation. In 2018, we are in Year B. In this third week of Year B, we find a reading which is one of the most common in the entire Bible but can often be taken...

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H A M
H A M

We’re in the second week of Lent. If you’ve been observing Lent so far, that’s awesome. If you haven’t yet, it’s not too late to start. It’s never too late to start. If you’re like me, when we miss the starting gun, we’ve missed the race. If I...

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R A I N B O W
R A I N B O W

I was outside with my kids last Saturday. They were jumping on the trampoline. They love that trampoline. I love that trampoline. Where else can you literally (and legally) zip your kids into a netted cage and leave them in there? I was grilling...

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LENT
LENT

Today is a weird day. Today is Valentine’s Day. Today is Ash Wednesday. While many of us know what Valentine’s Day is, we may be a little fuzzy on what Ash Wednesday is. In a nutshell, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lent season marked...

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S T O R M
S T O R M

Things have settled down. We’re back to normal. I can’t tell if that’s good or bad. Of course, I’m glad we have power. I’m grateful for water I don’t have to boil. I’m glad I don’t have to wait all day to get gas in my car. But, during the...

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Birthday
Birthday

When you’re young every birthday is monumental. As you get older there are gaps between the important ones. 100, 90, 80, 75, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 21, (set, hike!)18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and of course 1 Now, I’m not...

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Reading Plan
Reading Plan

You’re doing something pretty awesome by committing to read the Book of Mark. It’s the original story of Jesus’ life and it’s pretty short and sweet. As you journey through, remember you’re not alone. If you get to...

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