Choosing Joy

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Henry Nouwen once made this comment about joy that has stayed with me. Nouwen said, “We have to choose joy… and keep choosing it.”

Joy isn’t necessarily a byproduct to a life well lived. It is a conscious choice to be open to the gift of life and the presence of God. This is a challenge. But it’s also an opportunity.

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The Shack

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Not everyone will like The Shack. I get that. There are parts of it that are questionable from a Biblical perspective. But this movie also revealed some incredible things. It’s a story about forgiveness and the unrelenting love of God.

If you really lean in, I believe, this film will teach you something about the extraordinary love of God and the power of forgiveness.

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The Oscars And Thoughts On Living Fully

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This past weekend we hosted our annual Oscar Party. Our tradition started a few years ago and has remained one of my favorites. We eat some food, hang out, and try our hand at voting for the top picks.

Every year, I feel inspired after the ceremony and also learn something.This year, especially, was unique. So, here are a few thoughts on life, creativity, and the importance of movies.

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Why You Should Make Your Kids Go To Church

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This is one of the posts where I’d like to be super honest and transparent. Here it is: You should make your kids go to church. Admittedly, this sounds a bit harsh and forceful, but stay with me.

Involvement in church is directly correlated to faith formation in young people. In other words–and maybe this is obvious–a young person’s church attendance is oftentimes connected with their ability to develop into a mature believer. And if that’s the goal of faith (which I think we can all agree with), then going to church is a really important thing.

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