Update: July 30

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This is NOT a "feel bad for me" post. I'm extremely happy! And I figure a random thought stream will do for now. Sorry I haven't been posting like I want to. I've been on a bit of a roller coaster lately, dealing with the sort of stuff that I can't discuss on a public forum. And that also means it's stuff I can't discuss openly on Facebook. But I can on Google+. (Nudge, nudge.) There has been a teaspoon of drought and doubt in my recent weeks that was quenched by a liter of water, both literally and figuratively. I have excluded certain paths that were there for the walking in favor of other paths that are more promising. I have met people who rightfully should be awkward people…
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Thought for the day 07/18/12

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I just thought I'd share something I've been thinking about for a few weeks. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17 ESV) Jesus came to fulfill the law because mankind is marred by sin and unable to fulfill the law on our own. The Law is never declared a bad thing either. It is a good thing that is fulfilled and not abolished. Let's not forget that. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 ESV) The law of Christ is not contrary to the Law or the Prophets. We are commanded to bear one another's burdens, and fulfill the law of Christ. What is…
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Chicken Sandwiches and the Reason for Man

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I sat in the food court at the local mall yesterday, wolfing down a wonderful grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy's, and contemplating certain theological matters. I was alone, and when left to my own devices I have a tendency to think in that direction. I thought it would be good to share with you the thoughts that I was having, since I usually forget to write them down. So here goes. Why did God create us? He didn't do so out of loneliness or any lack of His own. Our existence does not "complete" God in any way. And even as He created us for His glory, He is no more glorious for having created us and would be no less glorious if He hadn't. This is not only true…
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Beautiful Scandalous Night

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I started my day off right. I played this song on repeat all the way into West Des Moines to meet with my discipleship group. That's a good half hour plus, for those keeping score at home.This is my favorite song to sing at church right now, and even if we sang it weekly I would still say that we don't sing it often enough. It's called "Beautiful Scandalous Night" and it takes ownership of the contradictions that people try to attach to the cross. The cross is where the love of God is revealed and also where the wrath of God is revealed. Not two events, but one. It is the great exchange, where a holy and righteous God took His own punishment in our place. It was a beautiful, scandalous, miraculous event to be sure.…
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My Church

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If you were a regular reader of this blog once upon a time, you probably don't may remember that I was a member of the Polk City Evangelical Free Church. For reasons I won't get into today, that church no longer remains. The people of PCEFC have scattered. Many joined another church in town that bought the building, some went to other towns and other churches, some just stopped going altogether. This all happened in conjunction with a very traumatic event in my life and I was uprooted from the support of the local body at the worst possible time. During this period of turmoil, a man who I had met through the blogosphere (do people still say that?) contacted me to tell me that he had moved into the area and had…
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In Tribute to John Piper

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Most of the people who read this blog are very familiar with the work of John Piper. John is the pastor for preaching & vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also the author of many books and other resources, all of which I recommend to you without exception. He is most noted for the book "Desiring God" which asserts that the chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. Pastor John is in his final year in his current role at his church, and there is already a successor in place to continue the ministry of Bethlehem Baptist. He isn't going to disappear, but with his ministry behind the pulpit winding down, I wanted to share just a few thoughts. I first…
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Naked and Unashamed

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Without question, the book of the Bible I've read the most times has to be Genesis. This is for a number of reasons. To my credit, I love the book and love to explore various questions that come up as I read it both on my own and with others. To my shame, it is the first book in the Bible and I have numerous failed attempts to re-read the Bible from cover to cover. That's one way to get really familiar with Genesis! One question that has been nagging at my brain is the concept of Adam and Eve being naked and unashamed. Don't worry, by the way, I plan to keep this post rated G. Having said that, I'll ask again. What does it mean to be naked…
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Blogging Intentionally

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In my reboot post of this blog, I did something I hadn't done before. I laid out the focus of my blog. In the past, I kept it pretty vague, as if that would give me license to write about things outside of a set of parameters. To be honest with you, I set up needless boundaries for myself all too often and I tear down important boundaries too often as well. I think that one helpful way to live within the good boundaries of life is to live intentionally. And one helpful way to live intentionally is to come out and say that this is your goal. There are many ways to do this. I know many families from church who have a household mission statement displayed in a prominent place…
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Has it really been four years?

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If you are reading this post because it just popped up in your RSS reader, that's wonderful but you may want to go through your reader and remove the old links. Just sayin'. Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Doug McHone and this is my blog. This blog has taken me from my home in central Iowa to conferences as close as Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Minneapolis and as far as Los Angeles. I was never as happy in my life as I was when I was reading and meditating about biblical matters and blogging my thoughts. I used to think that my blogging time was fairly recent until I reactivated this website and pondered bringing in my archives from before. I was shocked to see that my…
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The Path of Least Resistance

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Doug-Wondering why your tagline says that you are walking the path of least resistance? Please explain and use Bible verses before I start using some of my own!  Amy recently asked me what the big deal is about walking this path of least resistance that I bring up from time to time. On occasion, I will ask someone about something they have blogged about and get that sort of response, so I’ll just provide such a link (done) and try to explain where I’m coming from.  Psalm 25:4-5 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. If you take the word “way” out of…
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