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Ask For The Ancient Paths

The Wide RoadSince my daughter was born on March 6th, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and pray and think.

To be honest, there have been things in my heart I didn’t want to see. There’s nothing like a lack of sleep and time off to push junk to the surface. The heart can be a tricky thing: the Bible tells us that it can be deceitful and hard to understand (Jeremiah 17:9), and yet we are told to diligently guard it for out of the heart flows all of life (Proverbs 4:23).

The heart is composed of our thousands of thoughts we have each day.

This is a sobering thought, huh?

For me, I’ve come to realize that I had let my heart drift a bit and, as a result, placed my attention (my thoughts) on things of lesser importance. [click to continue…]

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Interview With Author TC Avey

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Since I started blogging seriously in 2012, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people. One of those is blogger and author, TC Avey. TC just released her first book this week, a novel entitled, The Precipice: When Everything We Know Ends.

It’s an incredible book that pulls you right in. You can learn more about how to connect with TC and about her book at the end of the post.

Without further ado, here’s the interview: [click to continue…]

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The Importance of Respite

Luke and Lina2Respite (noun) – “a pause from doing something (as work); a pause for relaxation.”

For the last almost-month, I’ve taken a respite. Not because I’ve been on vacation or was burned out, it’s because my wife and I had a baby, our second: Angelina Elizabeth Arnold.

She was born Mach 6, 2014. Our son, Luke, who is 3 1/2, has done incredible with a new baby. And my wife, in spite of having a C-Section, which is not an easy recovery by any means, has done incredible and is such a great mom. I am so blessed!

Because of this, I took some time off from blogging, social media, ministry-related activities that I do, speaking, and writing.

In the process, I’ve learned some things I’d like to share: [click to continue…]

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The Alley of Religion

This is a guest post by TC Avey. You can learn more about TC at the end of the post. She is a gifted writer who inspires many. Enjoy!

I love the name of Dave’s blog, Reflections from the Alley.

I don’t know about you, but most of my maturing occurs in the Alley.

It’s in the Alley where I’m challenged to grow. It’s also where I find purpose for various stages of my life.

In 2008 I entered the darkest and scariest Alley I’d ever known.

I found myself questioning all my beliefs, including my faith in God.

This Alley brought me face-to-face with a dilemma many Christians encounter at some point: Religion verses Relationship with Christ. [click to continue…]

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Why you should forget religion and focus on Jesus instead

This is a guest post from my friend, Vishnu Virtues. You can connect with him at the end of this post. Enjoy!

If you’re one of 26 million people who watched this video, then you’re familiar with 23-year old Youtuber and now published author, Jefferson Bethke.

In his newly released book, Bethke follows up his viral online performance and continues the dialogue about how Christianity has gone astray.

He asks the hard questions of what it really means to follow Jesus. [click to continue…]