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Play Again

Play Again

You find out who you are on your worst days. When your life crumbles, when you underperform, when you don’t live up to your...

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The Redemption of Losses

The Redemption of Losses

I recently began to write commentary as I read Scripture. I find that it allows me to engage with the text in a complete...

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Why It Matters to Know About Sheep

Why It Matters to Know About Sheep

In New Zealand, there are a lot of sheep. I see them whenever I venture outside of the city and into the bare, golden,...

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The Way to Happiness

The Way to Happiness

Blaise Pascal proclaimed that, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The...

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Symptoms of Selfish Ambition

Symptoms of Selfish Ambition

Few admit the folly and sinfulness of their selfish ambition. I did not for many, many years. Recent affliction brought it out of me,...

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A Meditation on Prayerlessness

A Meditation on Prayerlessness

In the Desiring God article, “Start Asking God for More,” Gary Millar writes, “Paul Miller so helpfully says that “learned desperation is at the...

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A Gift We Cannot Lose (A Commentary on Hosea 14)

A Gift We Cannot Lose (A Commentary on Hosea 14)

Everyone, except for the biblical scholars among us (I am not one) or those truly committed to the faithfulness of reading the Word (I...

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Repent and Be Saved

Repent and Be Saved

The more I engage with the American church outside of the United States, the more I find my spirit troubled. I recently watched the...

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Don’t Call It a Comeback

Don’t Call It a Comeback

I hope that everyone enjoyed the privilege of watching Tiger Woods win the Masters for his 15th major championship last weekend as much as...

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Counsel and an Introspection

Counsel and an Introspection

I last wrote for Everyday Exiles a few weeks ago. David repents of his sin in Psalm 51 with the plea, “take not your...

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