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3 Resolutions Everyone Should Put at the Top of Their List in 2016

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Ever feel like January is a bunch of Groundhog Day’s stitched together…like an iPod stuck on replay?Perhaps you’re like me in the sense you wonder why so many are still hopping on and off the resolution bandwagon, scrambling to find the right short-term fix for their long-term “needs”.If you can relate, then hear me out. ‘Cause today we’re going to talk about how we can better fine-tune our resolutions1 by focusing on three practical “heart goals” we can all aspire to in 2016.

1) Pray…more.Okay, okay…I know this is a “chalk” point2; however, it’s still worth mentioning considering it’s the most powerful form of communication we can experience.

Think about it: God loves us so much…He gave us a limitless lifeline (i.e. prayer) so we can dial into Him at any time...and join Him in making a difference.I don’t know about you, but I find this [very] encouraging…knowing we can pursue God through prayer and partner with Him in His work no matter where we are or what we’re going through.Granted,…

The Hard Truth about Online "Community"

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Ever wonder what life would be like if social media didn't exist...or how people (particularly post-millennials) would respond if life suddenly reverted back to how it was in the '90's (i.e. the last decade when face-to-face interaction was still the dominant form of communication)?
It's crazy to consider, right? The idea of people living veilless without their lazy, electronic luxuries in their self-preserved anonymity...

Granted, there are clear benefits to living in a more technically savvy world...I get that.

However, I also know...as a culture, we've become so accustomed to online interaction, so used to anti-social means of socializing...we've forgotten what it's like to relate...what it means to care...
...not to mention what real1, genuine community looks like.
With that said, perhaps one day we’ll recognize the contrast between brotherly and self-seeking affection...between connecting and relating...
…but 'til then, as long as we can showcase our tho…

Purifying our Priorities (Part 1)

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Well, folks...it's that time of year again. HR Block is heating up its campaign...Companies are sending out their W-2/1099's...TV's are going on sale1...and New Year resolutions are officially underway2.After all, 'tis the season to be better, right? To start afresh and anew...and to grab change by the horns...

But perhaps you’re like me in the sense you wonder how many really know how to do this…or maybe you’re hesitant…afraid of prematurely falling off the resolution bandwagon.
Whatever the case, it’s important we get real about the type of world we live in. ‘Cause when we take a good, hard look into the deep, dark crevices of our culture, we find we've grown too content taking matters into our own hands...yet too passive in carrying them out...

...a paradoxical attribute of a society that constantly suggests having a heartfelt desire is "good enough". Not that "heartfelt desires" are bad; by all means, we were created to have them.
I'm just say…

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2015

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As 2015 comes to a close, Lyssah & I sit down and reflect on the year that was...

When you think back on 2015, what immediately comes to mind?

CF: Honestly, I’d have to say the view from our Amicalola Falls State Park lodge luncheon (see 1:22 in our 'Year in Review' video below). The way I see it...that breathtaking visual really captures our journey through 2015. 'Cause though there were many ups and downs and plenty of action going on...there was still much to behold.

LF: I agree. There was lots of BIG change. 2015 has really felt like a runway preparing us for a new season we can't even begin to fathom.

What were some of the highlights/defining moments?

CF: Without question, the highlight of the year for me was the pregnancy reveal at Logan’s. I mean…you can’t top that. As far as “runner ups” go, I’d say the Dave Ramsey Christmas party, our icy February adventures, the Messenger Fellowship ordination ceremony, the day we found Selah, our gender reveal, both Georgia t…