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Excellence We Love to Hate

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There is something about excellence that evokes strong feelings of discomfort and/or disdain in people. We love to hate winners. Nothing will cause people to question your methods and motives like sustained success. This all started to come into focus for me last night as I was enduring yet another Super Bowl featuring the much-maligned New England Patriots. As we prepared for the big game over...

A Challenge That Matters

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If you spend any time on Facebook, you may have noticed a recent trend that’s taking the web by storm. It seems like every week there is a new challenge, baiting people into doing crazy dances, lip syncing to pop songs, dumping buckets of ice-water on their heads, or other random acts of tomfoolery. While the tone of that last sentence might cause one to believe I am against such displays of...

From Potential to Production

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There’s something about the transition from one calendar year to another that creates a sense of hopeful anticipation. I’ve always been somewhat puzzled at why we make such a big deal about something that really is very arbitrary and inconsequential. Truth be told, no fundamental reality shifted in the moments between December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019. All that really happened is we created a...

Step Away and Pray

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve played a game on my cellphone with any regularity. During our time up north, however, I saw a word game advertised on Facebook and decided to give it a try. The game is called Wordscapes. The game is a crossword puzzle of sorts. The game provides you with a certain number of letters and boxes in which to place them in order to form a predetermined number of...

The Pain and The Prize

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Sometime over the summer, my eleven-year-old son, JJ, decided he wanted to run cross country for his school. Actually, that’s not 100% true. He decided he wanted to run track for his school and, as per school rules, runners have to run cross country to run track. So, during the summer, JJ went to running club whenever he was able and then to practices as we entered into the school year. To be...

Blank Space

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Have you ever found yourself blankly staring out a window? I’m not talking about looking out at the view in order to take it all in. I’m talking about looking out into the void without looking for anything in particular. As far back as I can remember, this has been a practice of mine. Every now and again, I find myself looking out my office window through the slats of my blinds at nothing in...

Pray!

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One of the best parts about having a dog is training it to do cool things. Over the past year, we have been able to train our 90-pound baby, Evie, to do quite an array of tricks. It’s been a very exciting process for us as a family because our last canine companion, Bridget, was extremely lazy and stubborn, and refused to do anything beyond the basic come and sit. Even those basic commands were...

A Little Help, Please

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I have been taking groups on mission trips with Mission Serve for over ten years now. Only once in those ten years have I served as part of a specific work crew, and that was my first year. Every subsequent year, I have either served as the speaker, as part of the worship band, or in both capacities. One of the benefits of serving as the speaker/band is I get to visit all of the worksites. This...

Rooted

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We have lived in our current home for just slightly under a year. For the entirety of that year my wife, Robyn, and I have talked about wanting to make some major adjustments to the flowerbeds in front of our house. Whoever owned the house before us did a nice job of trimming back the bushes and making things look presentable enough to convince us to buy the house, but it was still clear that no...

Taking the Plunge

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I remember the first time I ever jumped off a high dive. I was in seventh grade and was a camper at Lake Ann Baptist Camp up in the nether regions of Northern Michigan. Out on the lake they had several jumping off points. You could jump off of the dock, which was no big deal because it was only about a one-foot drop from the platform to the water. There was a low diving board, which was about six...

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Jeremy Myers

Jeremy Myers is the Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Seymour, Indiana. He has over 15 years of ministry experience in the local church. He has a passion for helping emerging and existing generations learn to make space for each other. In 2016, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary, with his thesis focused on helping youth and senior adults develop deeper relationships. He is a passionate communicator and is regularly invited to speak at retreats, camps, conferences, and other events. He lives in Seymour, Indiana with his wife Robyn, their two children, Mikayla and JJ, and their Golden Doodle, Evie.

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