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Matt Dabbs

Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

Homepage: http://mattdabbs.com

One of the things we learned when studying psychology is that most behavior is functional on some level. At some point in time the behavior worked for us. It may not be healthy behavior but it served some function. Dysfunctional behavior always comes with a story. Often over time…

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Scripture is full of reminders that God is a God who makes all things new. What we are told at the end of the story, “I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5) is just a summary startement of the previous 66 books of the Bible. From Adam and Eve to God’s fresh start with Noah…from Abraham and Sarah having a child in their golden years to Joseph and…

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In the month of December our articles will focus on what to give the One who has everything. I am sure you have experienced that dilemma around Christmas time. You are trying to pick the perfect gift for someone special but it seems they already have everything they need. God is a lot like that. He owns everything. It is all his. So what is it He really wants?…

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When we were unloading our moving truck having just arrived in Bakersfield I moved a shelf inside the moving truck that happened to have another piece of furniture leaning on it. When I pulled the shelf out the other piece smacked me right by my right eye. I saw stars. Then I saw the blood. Standing in the midst of people I had either just met or had met…

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If you walked out in your yard, picked up a rock and threw it up in the sky at 25,000 mph you could put it in orbit given a few other assumptions. It takes quite a bit of power, effort and direction to escape the gravitational pull of the earth.

Congregations are often like that. There is a gravitational pull that keeps things pulled back to itself. The weight of…

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I am not much of a feeler but it is hard to miss all the hurting that is going on out there. Well, it is not just “out there” but “in here” as well. Those of us who like to think the trauma is always somewhere else or with someone else just need to reflect a bit harder and have a bit more honesty with ourselves about things.

Trauma is…

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Adolf Von Schell was a World War I German officer who wrote a book about his experiences leading his troops in 1933 called Battle Leadership. The book is an extremely helpful read on the psychology of leadership in tense situations.

The first chapter in Von Schell’s book in entitled “Battlefield Psychology” and in that chapter he shares two successive stories…

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My first thought was “Christ and him crucified” but Paul does it better than I ever would.

I would preach knowing and loving God. On a recent flight I was reading Richard Rohr’s book The Divine Dance and in it he makes the distinction in believing in God and knowing God. It didn’t hit me well when I first read it but the more what he was saying sunk…

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If you had one message to share, what would it be? If you could assemble any group of people, your choosing, and preach just one message…what would it be? Would you assemble all those who don’t know Jesus and preach the Gospel? Would you gather your closest few friends or family members and tell them something difficult? Would you gather up your congregation, your denomination, or all Christians in…

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I don’t spend as much time in my imagination as I used to. This was on my mind yesterday after one of our boys asked Missy if she knew where he likes to be best and he said, in his imagination. I wish I could say the same but the realities of life, the responsibilities of adulthood and a self-imposed busyness often keep me grounded in the more non-imaginative…

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