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The One Thing That Makes Parenting Tough Today

Author Paul David Tripp wrote a devotional article today entitled, “The One Thing That Makes Parenting Tough Today” – I think he really hit the nail on the head with just how distracted we all are today. It’s a good read – check it out: Every culture and generation could say, “Parenting is particularly hard […]

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Limiting Screen Time Can Benefit Your Children

I think for those of us who are parents, limiting (or banning altogether) screen time for kids intuitively seems like a good idea. Well, now it seems there is some solid research to back that up – check out this article today in the Wall Street Journal.    

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When Tech Bites Back and Groaning for our Redemption

Have any of you noticed lately all the car commercials touting all the new fancy technology to prevent accidents? Ironic considering that traffic fatalities in the US are actually UP 10% in the last year. Why? Mainly because all that fancy technology can’t overcome all the people who are looking at their smartphones while they’re […]

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Have You Thanked God for Earth’s Gravity Today?

Have I thanked God for gravity today?  Hmmm – well no, I don’t think I’ve EVER thanked him for it – but according to Hugh Ross at reasons.org, I probably should be.  Why?  Without our planet’s fine-tuned gravity, I wouldn’t be able to live!  Check out the great article below:  

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Pay your kids to eat their veggies?

So I’m flipping through the Wall Street Journal this morning and noticed it had a section devoted completely to food-related topics.  On page 3 this article caught my eye – “Why you may want to pay your children to eat their vegetables.”  My first thought was “huh?”  Then I thought about the troubles my wife […]

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Bibles for Iran

I got an e-mail from Biblegateway.com this week and was surprised – the country with the fastest growing Christian population is – IRAN!  And believers there are hungry for the Word of God!!! Here’s some information: Iran has the fastest-growing Christian population in the world*. Never before has there been such a sizable movement of […]

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Recipe of the Week – Grandma’s Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread

You know, one of the great things about getting married was “inhereting” many of my wife’s best family recipes, and this is one of them – her Grandma’s homemade buttermilk cornbread. Now if you’re anything like me, you grew up with Jiffy cornbread in a box – you know the stuff you could get at […]

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Recipe of the Week – Danish Kringle

I’ve got a tasty treat for you that looks like it came out of a professional bakery but is super easy to make – a Danish Kringle! What exactly is it? I like to think of it as a warm, giant bear claw. The linked recipe uses a brown sugar filling; I like to substitute […]

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Recipe of the Week – Spicy Lentil Pita Pockets

This is another favorite from my wife, and also another one that is great if you have some leftover rotisserie chicken. It’s called Spicy Pita Pockets with chicken and lentils. It is tasty and I’d like to believe relatively healthy. The “exotic” ingredient is tahini, or sesame paste – you can pick it up at […]

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Recipe of the Week – White Bean Chicken Chili

It’s time for Ryan’s first recipe of the week in 2016! I thought I would do something savory for these cold winter days. Do you like those rotisserie chickens you can buy at the grocery store? Well this recipe is great if you need something to do with leftovers. This is my wife’s white bean […]

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Recipe of the Week – Scottish Shortbread Cookie

This one is very simple but very delicious – a shortbread cookie! Ingredients are very basic – just flour, sugar, and butter. I love to use mini Christmas cookie cutters for fun shapes, and then decorate them with a sugar cookie glaze using little paint brushes (one of my cutters looks like a light from […]

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Recipe of the Week – Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcake

Do you love hot chocolate this time of year? I sure do! Well, this recipe combines everything you love about hot chocolate with an awesome, over-the-top, ooey-gooey cupcake. It is a peppermint hot chocolate cupcake. Trust me – make these and people will be begging you for more! Enjoy! Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcake  

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Recipe of the Week – Bretzel Rolls

Well, as many of you probably know the Iowa Hawkeyes have a huge game this Saturday. Looking for the perfect football munchie food? I’ve got a great recipe that is sure to score a big touchdown with friends and family – bretzel rolls! What is a bretzel roll? Well – it’s basically a soft, chewy […]

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Recipe of the Week – The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

This is probably my #1 holiday favorite – rolled sugar cookies. This recipe is very easy to make, and the results are fantastic. I like to pulverize the sugar in a food processor to make it super-fine; I feel the cookies have a more defined shape when they bake. I also like to chill the […]

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Recipe of the Week – Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bar

It’s Wednesday – time for Ryan’s Recipe of the Week! My wife actually found this one, and trust me – it’s a keeper! It’s a Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bar – it tastes even better than it looks. Trust me – make these and people will be begging for more! Pick up the Johnny Apple […]

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How to Walk without Burdens
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Psalm 24:4

The One who continues to ascend the mountain of God realizes it’s the hands of His purity which make marks along the way. These hands which have been kept clean by busy serving with obedience for the owner. The hands have not been idle serving their selfish needs and desires but have found others along the way to help and to see the Lord. These hands have found a reason to exist outside of selfish gain and have been there to help others up the mountain. These hands have been anointed with the Spirit of the Lord, and the purpose is to help others see the Light and walk in it.

When the hands are kept busy serving others, there is no time left to pick up the idols of this world. When tempted to lay hold of an appealing treasure of this world the heart testifies to its defilement for there is no purpose when climbing the mountain of the Lord for worthless idols. The weight of the obsession will hold us back from the goals of our hands and heart. When we must carry around worldly idols they can make it too complicated to continue climbing. But again, the owner of the mountain gives us the strength to let go of the worthlessness of any false idol which tries to detain our journey.

We make life way too problematic when we try and hold onto vanity but letting go of the things which are making our climb difficult will make for an abundant and adventurous journey. Keeping our hands clean by reaching out to the world around us with compassion will keep our heart pure and our eyes on the Lord of the mountain. There will never again be another dreary day because it is filled with hands that are busy serving and a heart that is pounding with adventure.

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