The Feast of Lady Wisdom Filling our hearts with Scripture so we can be a source of wisdom to others September 9th, 2019 Joy Clarkson
The Feast of Lady Wisdom
The Feast of Lady Wisdom Filling our hearts with Scripture so we can be a source of wisdom to others September 9th, 2019 Joy Clarkson
The Feast of Lady Wisdom
September 9th, 2019

The Feast of Lady Wisdom

Joy Clarkson

There is an image in my mind which was planted in the earliest dawn of my memory, and which I hope will remain with me into the twilight of old age. It is of my mother reading her Bible. She sits enthroned on her overstuffed blue chair, ensconced in ...

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Giving God’s Love to Those Who Hurt You
September 5th, 2019

Giving God’s Love to Those Who Hurt You

Hannah DeMarco

As a kid, I longed for the day when I’d be free of the heartache and horror of middle school politics. I yearned for adulthood. Adults always get along! I naively thought. I was told by teachers and parents that things would get better. You’re all ...

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The Most Famous Embrace
September 2nd, 2019

The Most Famous Embrace

Joseph Bentz

One clue that a fictional character has become truly influential in a culture is when that character is known by people who have never read the novels or seen the films in which that character first appeared. Many people know who Sherlock Holmes is even if they have never ...

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The Truth That Sets You Free
August 26th, 2019

The Truth That Sets You Free

Mike Anderson

“Don’t you know you aren’t supposed to do that? God tells us not to. You know better.” Growing up around church but frequently found breaking the rules, I was used to appeals like these to correct my behavior. There was a measure of truth in them that resonated with ...

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The Cry of the Oppressed
August 19th, 2019

The Cry of the Oppressed

Brendan Michael

Can getting angry ever be a good thing? That depends on how we think about anger. What is the purpose of anger? American theologian Tim Keller defines anger as “love in motion toward a threat to that which you love.” 1  This is the “righteous anger” of which we often speak. One ...

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4 Prayers to Get Through a Horrible Day
August 15th, 2019

4 Prayers to Get Through a Horrible Day

Hannah DeMarco

As a kid, one of my favorite books was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I’d giggle and groan as my mom read to me every awful thing a boy named Alexander experiences in a single day. First, Alex’s ...

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Dealing with Distraction
August 12th, 2019

Dealing with Distraction

Lydia Sheldon

Excerpts from Thoughts on Religious Experience , adapted by Lydia Sheldon Have you ever wondered if you’re the only one who can’t seem to concentrate when you sit down to pray or study God’s Word? Have you asked yourself why you ...

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Take Hope from the Lamp Shining in the Darkness
August 5th, 2019

Take Hope from the Lamp Shining in the Darkness

Gary Wiley

I confess I am afraid of the dark. Especially when it is very dark—I mean really dark—like pitch black. I used to live in New York City and went through the blackout of 2003 when all power was out for more than 24 hours. It was dark, but not ...

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4 Verses to Overcome Guilt About Finances
August 1st, 2019

4 Verses to Overcome Guilt About Finances

Hannah DeMarco

You pull into your driveway, turn off the car, and lower your head onto the steering wheel. You dread getting out of the car. At least on the way home, you could zone out and listen to music. Walking up your driveway and seeing the shutters that need to ...

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The Delight of a Repentant Life
July 29th, 2019

The Delight of a Repentant Life

Matt Cohen

The first words of the Lord Jesus Christ’s public ministry were, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). We tend to focus a lot on the “believe the gospel” part of that charge. But how often do ...

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Roots to Weather Any Storm
July 22nd, 2019

Roots to Weather Any Storm

Sarah Berthely

When I lived in Mexico, one of my favorite spots was a park with a long path lining several small lakes. The lush getaway was hidden amid the chaos of the city. A few older, gigantic trees lined the path, their roots partially exposed. People often climbed the banks ...

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5 Prayers for Peace When You’re Sick
July 17th, 2019

5 Prayers for Peace When You’re Sick

Hannah DeMarco

I’m writing this from my doctor’s office. While I’d rather be anywhere but here, I’m thankful I have a doctor I can go to when I’m sick. But I’m not thankful for all the money and time spent talking to doctors with dead ends. I’m ...

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A New Resource to Unlock the Old Testament
July 15th, 2019

A New Resource to Unlock the Old Testament

Suzy Silk

The Bible is not merely a magnificent book written over hundreds of years by a variety of people in a variety of literary styles. It is God’s Word and it teaches us about his character, how to live according to his laws, and how his redemptive plan makes sense of ...

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Do You Need To Be Free?
July 8th, 2019

Do You Need To Be Free?

Mike Anderson

Everybody wants to be free, right? America was founded on the principle that every human being has a right to life, liberty (freedom), and the pursuit of happiness. The theme shows up all throughout American songs, literature, and movies. The cry of William Wallace at the end of the ...

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4 Verses to Handle Being Stressed Out of Your Mind
July 4th, 2019

4 Verses to Handle Being Stressed Out of Your Mind

Hannah DeMarco

Why do bad things like to happen all at once? I imagine all my greatest fears huddled together in a dimly-lit basement, plotting their coordinated attack. I’ll make her feel unsafe by making her have to find a new place to live , one cackles. ...

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How To Get Your Kids Engaged in Scripture This Summer
July 1st, 2019

How To Get Your Kids Engaged in Scripture This Summer

Margi McCombs

Adapted from “Now Is the Time Parents’ Guide” by Margi McCombs. If you’re a parent, you might not share in your kids’ joy as you anticipate weeks and weeks of no school. By mid-summer, you’ve gone through an untold number of ice pops. ...

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Everything You Need To Know About Luke
June 24th, 2019

Everything You Need To Know About Luke

Mark Giacobbe

The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts together make up more than twenty-five percent of our New Testament—more than the letters of Paul. These books, a carefully crafted two-part account of Jesus and the early church, were written by a single author, traditionally identified as “Luke the ...

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4 Verses to Overcome Daily Anxiety
June 20th, 2019

4 Verses to Overcome Daily Anxiety

Hannah DeMarco

You wake up, hopeful and ready for a new day. But as you check the time, you see you’re already late for work—and you haven’t even showered yet! It’ll be okay , you tell yourself. You’re determined to have a good ...

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The Bible’s Hope For Your Anxiety
June 17th, 2019

The Bible’s Hope For Your Anxiety

Liz Wann

Anxiety is close to home for me. In fact, it’s right under my roof. Though I’m not typically an anxious person, I’ve had my own dark season of anxiety. And my husband has struggled with it on a sometimes daily basis—even to the point where it has affected our ...

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When You Don’t Have Words to Pray
June 10th, 2019

When You Don’t Have Words to Pray

Alex Miller

A striking pattern in the Gospels is the way Jesus’s disciples often seem jarred by his creative teaching style. They struggle to interpret him so much that when, late in his ministry, Jesus drops his metaphorical language and begins to tell them directly that he is going to die, ...

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5 Bible Verses to Overcome Exhaustion After Work
June 6th, 2019

5 Bible Verses to Overcome Exhaustion After Work

Jennica Stevens

It’s 6 o’clock. You shuffle into the house, not even bothering to take off your shoes before plopping down on the couch. Is too early to go to sleep? you ask yourself. But then you remember all the things you still have to ...

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The Bible’s Guide to Dating
June 3rd, 2019

The Bible’s Guide to Dating

Matt Cohen

What does the Bible say about dating or courtship? It can be difficult to know how to date in a godly way. After all, you won’t find the word “dating” in the Bible. Much of the Bible was written at times and in cultures where arranged marriages were the ...

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Be An Onlooker in a Gospel Story
May 27th, 2019

Be An Onlooker in a Gospel Story

Joy Clarkson

Legend has it that when Saint Bonaventure received the news that he had been elected a cardinal, he was washing dishes in the monastery kitchen. Never very impressed with the prestige of this world, he requested that the cardinal’s hat (a symbol of honor and authority) be hung on ...

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Cry in the Right Direction
May 20th, 2019

Cry in the Right Direction

Matt Cohen

“Matt, I think you’re depressed.” The statement shocked me because my wife is not given to exaggeration. Thankfully, because I was shocked I was also speechless, so she was able to continue. For about an hour or so, my wife helped me to see things that, as a pastor, ...

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Trade Your Nagging Fears for Peace
May 16th, 2019

Trade Your Nagging Fears for Peace

Hannah DeMarco

You’re having a wonderful time, watching your kids play in the sand at the beach. But then, almost audibly, something tells you, What if they drown? What if they die right here, right now? It doesn’t matter if the event is unlikely. Your heart ...

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Always Learning, Never Knowing
May 13th, 2019

Always Learning, Never Knowing

Mike Anderson

This is the fifth installment in a series of blog posts addressing Jesus’s promise that his followers who abide in his Word will know the truth (John 8:31-32). Shortly after I became a Christian, the leaders in the ministry ...

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Can the Bible help you be a good mom?
May 6th, 2019

Can the Bible help you be a good mom?

Liz Wann

As I scroll through Facebook, I see blog posts for potty training your toddler over the weekend, how to get your kids to listen, and how to get your kids to eat right. I read one post that tells moms to cloth diaper their babies and feed them homemade ...

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4 Prayers to Overcome Financial Hardship
May 2nd, 2019

4 Prayers for Financial Hardship

Jennica Stevens

“Hey, want to grab a bite to eat tomorrow night?” These words often send me into spirals of dread during times of financial hardship. There have been times when even spending $3 to get ice cream with friends caused a well of anxiety ...

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Engaging in Scripture with our hearts and our hands
April 29th, 2019

Engaging in Scripture with our hearts and our hands

Catherine Ricketts

Scripture, Animated It was January, dark by five, and bone-cold. I arrived at the party early, shivering as I slid off my coat. Inside, the tree was lit, the candles blazed, and the children pleaded for me to try their game. “We’re journeying to the Christ Child!” a ...

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The Death of Death
April 22nd, 2019

The Death of Death

Rosalie J. Karjala

It’s Easter morning, and I’m tucked in between my mother and father on the church pew, shivering a bit from the walk through the spring rain. I feel the swell of the organ as the voices of the congregation rise around me in rich harmonies. The joyous fervor of ...

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Finding Who You Are in God’s Word
April 18th, 2019

Finding Who You Are in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

Growing up in the 90s, I was bombarded with messages of self-worth 247. Almost every pre-teen Disney movie or Nickelodeon TV show bedazzled itself with the same tried-and-true message: Be yourself! Don’t let anyone dull your shine! It all sounded nice, but it seemed ...

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Why Did Jesus Want to Eat That Last Supper?
April 15th, 2019

Why Did Jesus Want to Eat That Last Supper?

Suzy Silk

Almost every Sunday, churches across America remember Jesus’s “Last Supper” as they take communion together. Eating bread or wafers and drinking grape juice or wine, they recount Jesus’s words: “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. … This cup ...

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The One-Another Approach to Bible Reading
April 8th, 2019

The One-Another Approach to Bible Reading

Matt Cohen

I became a runner when I was twenty-one. I tried running several times before, but it never stuck. I would go out for a run by myself, start way too fast, and give up with a painful side stitch after only five minutes. It was incredibly discouraging. Everything changed ...

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Finding Hope When Your Life Falls Apart
April 4th, 2019

Finding Hope When Your Life Falls Apart

Maria Wolf

Kim didn’t feel close to God anymore. But she thought she was OK. She was alone, yes, but she felt she could handle everything on her own. And then her life fell apart. Her heart was broken through the pain of divorce. Twice . ...

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When Jesus cried for help
April 1st, 2019

When Jesus cried for help

Mark Giacobbe

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesuss cry of dereliction from the cross recorded in Mark 15:33-34 haunts us each Lenten season. Traditionally, the church sets aside this season to ponder the deep mystery of God sundered from God, the eternal Son cast out from the ...

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Do I have to know things to follow Jesus?
March 25th, 2019

Do I have to know things to follow Jesus?

Mike Anderson

“Why are we wasting our time studying? What really matters is doing what Jesus said.” I’ve been a Christian for 12 years now, and in that time, I’ve heard countless sentiments like this—and for good reason, too. Jesus himself said, “If you love me, you ...

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3 Verses to Help You Love Friends Who Let You Down
March 21st, 2019

3 Verses to Help You Love Friends Who Let You Down

Hannah DeMarco

It was Friday night, and I was alone. I began the day envisioning a night full of laughter, deep conversation, and good food. But three minutes earlier, my friend had texted me to cancel our dinner plans. At first, I felt like ...

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What happens when you read the Bible in an art museum
March 18th, 2019

What happens when you read the Bible in an art museum

Catherine Ricketts

Sometimes in my Bible-reading, I desire to slow down in order to imaginatively enter a single scene or to deeply consider a single theological idea. In moments like these, visual art is a welcome companion, for it captivates my imagination and slows me to a meditative pace. ...

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What Is Truth? And Can We Know It?
March 11th, 2019

What Is Truth? And Can We Know It?

Mike Anderson

Shortly after I became a Christian, I was encouraged to memorize Bible verses. I remember deriving great comfort from memorizing Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (ESV). Then one ...

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6 Verses for Strength When You Long to Escape
March 7th, 2019

6 Verses for Strength When You Long to Escape

Hannah DeMarco

How am I feeling? Hold on. Be right back. Gotta go watch 37 episodes of TV and do a little online shopping and bake some cookies and plan a vacation I’ll never go on real quick. That’s an actual quote from me this winter. ...

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How to Cultivate a Habit of Delight
March 4th, 2019

How to Cultivate a Habit of Delight

Alex Miller

A few weeks ago, I made the mistake of trying to get quickly in and out of a bookstore. Perhaps it’s the recent proliferation of online book shopping options, and my tendency to use them instead of the walk-in variety over the past few years, that made me foolish ...

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How Marriage Changed the Way I Read the Bible
February 25th, 2019

How Marriage Changed the Way I Read the Bible

Catherine Ricketts

Before I was married, I read the Bible nearly every morning. It was a ritual I had developed as a teenager that carried on into my adult life. I often woke looking forward to God’s company, found in the words of Scripture. I thought of God as my friend, ...

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4 Prayers for Peace When You’re Broke
February 21st, 2019

4 Prayers for Peace When You’re Broke

Hannah DeMarco

You wonder why you even bother building a budget. Because every month—without fail—something breaks or the electric bill runs high or a forgotten bill comes in the mail. You’d almost find it funny if it wasn’t so frustrating. ...

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Looking for Jesus
February 18th, 2019

Looking for Jesus

Liz Wann

When I was a kid, I looked for Waldo. That guy with the red hat, red-striped shirt, and hipster looking glasses. He was elusive, but I was Sherlock. I would scan the overcrowded picture from top to bottom, left to right, and look for anything that was red. Some ...

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Isn’t the Bible Outdated?
February 11th, 2019

Isn’t the Bible Outdated?

Mike Anderson

Jesus promised his followers that if we abide in his Word, it will set us free. But free from what?  And what does it mean to abide? This series of articles explores how the truth of Jesus’s Word can free you. Start from the beginning ...

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Five Valentines from God in the Bible
February 7th, 2019

Five Valentines from God in the Bible

Hannah DeMarco

This Valentine’s Day, you might express your love through chocolates, red roses, or a fancy dinner. You might feel the pressure of getting the restaurant reservation you want. Or maybe you’ll give out pink candies to coworkers. You can give something to God this Valentine’s ...

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Grace for Lapsed Bible Readers
February 4th, 2019

Grace for Lapsed Bible Readers

Catherine Ricketts

For fifteen years, I read the Bible every day. I craved it in the morning like my empty stomach craved breakfast. Then slowly, the cravings stopped. My relationship with the Bible got complicated. Questions arose that I didn’t have the answers for, and the Bible became a source of ...

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The Mark of a True Disciple
January 28th, 2019

The Mark of a True Disciple

Mike Anderson

Surrounded by admirers and enemies, Jesus teaches in the temple. He experiences what most would consider a mark of great success. He proclaims the good news concerning himself, saying, “I am he” (John 8:24, 28 ESV), the one sent from the Father (John 8:16, 29). Then, “As he was ...

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Weighing the Psalms
January 21st, 2019

Weighing the Psalms

Alex Miller

When we’re young, the wealth of time and energy most of us enjoy makes us capable of heroic things. For instance, during high school I can remember getting up every weekday morning at 4:30 to read a little Scripture. Now I am incapable of staying conscious at that hour ...

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6 Verses to Calm Your Anxious Mind
January 17th, 2019

6 Verses to Calm Your Anxious Mind

Hannah DeMarco

Your brain just won’t turn off. You turn on your favorite TV show and minutes go by before you realize you’re still thinking about work or chores or that weird thing you said five years ago. Or you sit down to enjoy a meal with your family, ...

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How to Grow in Prayer in 2019
January 14th, 2019

How to Grow in Prayer in 2019

Lydia Sheldon

I’m going to offer a foolproof suggestion to help you grow in your relationship with God this year. It’s not a resolution you can fulfill on your own, on a treadmill or in your private Bible study. But it is very simple: pray with someone else ...

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The Case for a Physical Bible
January 7th, 2019

The Case for a Physical Bible

Michael Foust

If you’re like most Americans, you’re on the internet once a day or more. A 2018 Pew Research Center study showed that 77 percent of Americans are in that category. That includes 43 percent who are on the internet several times a day and 26 percent who ...

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6 Bible Verses For When You’re Having a Terrible Day
January 2nd, 2019

6 Bible Verses For When You're Having a Terrible Day

Nicholas Hemming

Sometimes minor incidents can turn the best mornings into the worst afternoons. Has this ever happened to you? Maybe you wake up feeling rested, take your time getting ready and get only green lights on your way to work—all the makings of a positive, productive day. ...

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Why You Should Number Your Days This New Year
December 31st, 2018

Why You Should Number Your Days This New Year

Liz Wann

A new year always comes at the heels of Christmas. In the words of John Lennon and Yoko Ono: “And so this is Christmas and what have we done Another year over, a new one just begun.” The end of a year brings reflection and remembrance, and ...

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When the Armies of Heaven Sang for Joy
December 24th, 2018

When the Armies of Heaven Sang for Joy

Suzy Silk

This two-part series explores the mystery and wonder of the Christmas story from the perspective of angels. This Christmas, as we gather with family, sing Christmas songs, and open presents under our trees, we might find an angel ornament hanging from a branch or ...

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8 Bible Verses to Help You Cope with Change
December 20th, 2018

8 Bible Verses to Help You Cope with Change

Amy Pacanowski

We’ve all heard that change is good. But as often as we hear it, we still struggle with it. Why? Because most of us hate change. It upends our comfort levels, leaving us insecure and afraid. It challenges our expectations, our routines, ...

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Why the Angels Were Excited for Christmas
December 17th, 2018

Why the Angels Were Excited for Christmas

Suzy Silk

This two-part series explores the mystery and wonder of the Christmas story from the perspective of angels. Each year, I try to keep the Christmas story fresh by approaching it from a different perspective. This year, join me in considering the version in ...

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God Most Nigh
December 10th, 2018

God Most Nigh

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

As the calendar ticks closer to Christmas, one of the first carols we sing at church is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It always gives me goosebumps, not only because the tune is so beautiful, but because I’m reminded that this name (also spelled Immanuel), assigned to Jesus about ...

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Feeling Down This Season? Find Hope in God’s Word
December 6th, 2018

Feeling Down This Season? Find Hope in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

You wonder how you used to do it all: the presents, the Christmas parties, the holiday lights. What once was a delight now feels like a chore. You find yourself looking at your calendar and dreading the jam-packed weekends, the get-togethers you can’t get out ...

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Good Food and God’s Goodness
December 3rd, 2018

Good Food and God’s Goodness

Suzy Silk

Growing up in New England, my family would drive out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, each year for our two weeks of summer vacation. I have many memories from decades of these vacations, and most of them are “sense memories”—the smell of the salty breeze, the feel of the sand ...

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Scripture in Winter Light
November 26th, 2018

Scripture in Winter Light

Rosalie J. Karjala

As autumn moves along, do you find yourself bracing for the dark days to come, as I do? Encroaching darkness It’s early December in northern Minnesota. I love this state, but its bleak landscape seems to mirror my dread of the coming winter. The relentless flatness ...

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The Power of Thanksgiving
November 19th, 2018

The Power of Thanksgiving

Rosalie J. Karjala

The word “Thanksgiving” has taken on a whole new meaning since the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated together in 1621. Since that first Thanksgiving, we Americans have layered the word with thoughts of turkey roasting in a warm kitchen, pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream, and families gathering. ...

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5 Verses to Cope with Dwindling Finances
November 15th, 2018

5 Verses to Cope with Dwindling Finances

Hannah DeMarco

You pinch every penny. It feels like you’re even pinching half pennies. Before payday, you think of all the extra money you’ll finally have to pay off bills and invest in your savings account. But it seems like the ...

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What Happens When You Choose Silence Together
November 12th, 2018

What Happens When You Choose Silence Together

Catherine Ricketts

“Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain, ” the LORD said to [Elijah]. Then the LORD passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks—but the LORD was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, ...

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How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?
November 5th, 2018

How Can Reading Scripture Strengthen Your Faith?

Rosalie J. Karjala

Cruising along in Hebrews 11, the famous “faith” chapter, I am struck by verse 6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (NIV). Now that statement stops me in my tracks. If faith is that important to God, it should be important to me. Is faith something more ...

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Long to Escape? Find Joy in the Bible
November 1st, 2018

Long to Escape? Find Joy in the Bible

Hannah DeMarco

It’s that time of year again. The days get shorter, the air gets colder, and I get the urge to escape from the bleakness of winter. Hunched over my computer screen, I find myself researching warm places to fly to during the frigid January cold. ...

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Ways to Advocate for the Suffering
October 29th, 2018

Ways to Advocate for the Suffering

Kendell Borkowski

Part of our Christian call is to care for the vulnerable. In this three-part series , Kendell Borkowski explores how to live out Scripture engagement through her call to adoption and foster care. Find out how you too can act on God’s Word through discerning and responding ...

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Learning Forgiveness through Indivisible
October 22nd, 2018

Learning Forgiveness through Indivisible

Michael Foust

A survey of American adults , done a few years back, found that 62 percent of people believed they needed to forgive more. 58 percent said some things are never forgivable,  and 60 percent said the other party would have to apologize and make changes in order to ...

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Never Enough Sleep? Find Rest in God’s Word
October 18th, 2018

Never Enough Sleep? Find Rest in God’s Word

More than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough shut-eye. Are you one of them? Maybe you can’t remember the last time you had a good sleep. You find it hard to fall asleep every night. And ...

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Responding to the Call to Care for the Suffering
October 15th, 2018

Responding to the Call to Care for the Suffering

Kendell Borkowski

Part of our Christian call is to care for the vulnerable. In this  three-part series , Kendell Borkowski explores how to live out Scripture engagement through her call to adoption and foster care. Find out how you too can act on God’s Word through discerning and responding to ...

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Look to Jesus for Strength to Endure Your Trials
October 9th, 2018

Look to Jesus for Strength to Endure Your Trials

Jason Malec

Every one of us has experienced a parental fail. If you’re a parent, you can point to those times when you messed up. (Maybe as recently as this morning!) If you’re not a parent, there are likely times when your own parents made bad decisions or ...

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5 Verses for Peace When Big Changes Overwhelm You
October 4th, 2018

5 Verses for Peace When Big Changes Overwhelm You

Hannah DeMarco

Why do things seem to happen all at once? Last week, I moved into a new house. This week, I leave for a foreign country. Yesterday, I waved goodbye to my sisters family as they drove away to their new home in Tennessee. In two ...

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Understanding the Call to Care for the Suffering
October 1st, 2018

Understanding the Call to Care for the Suffering

Kendell Borkowski

Part of our Christian call is to care for the vulnerable. In this three-part series , Kendell Borkowski explores how to live out Scripture engagement through her call to adoption and foster care. Find out how you too can act on God’s Word through discerning and responding ...

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Find Sure Footing in the Bible During Big Changes
September 24th, 2018

Find Sure Footing in the Bible During Big Changes

Rosalie J. Karjala

How often have you heard this? “Oh, if only my life could get back to normal.” Or … “What a crazy year this has been. I can’t wait until things get back to normal.” We wait for the dust to settle, and when it finally ...

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Psalms of Assurance When You Have No Money
September 20th, 2018

Psalms of Assurance When You Have No Money

Hannah DeMarco

On my 13 th birthday, I saved up enough money to buy myself a treasure I always wanted: a (microscopic) diamond ring. The day I bought my ring, I woke up early, carefully applied blue eye shadow to match my baby blue dress, and ...

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Discover Your Ancestry in the Family of the Bible
September 17th, 2018

Discover Your Ancestry in the Family of the Bible

Catherine Ricketts

Last Christmas, my mother wrapped a stack of antique books and gave one to every member of my family. Each was a different edition of a book that was first published in 1840, written by my paternal ancestor, Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Each had a different binding: crimson with ...

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How to Understand the Paradoxes in Biblical Poetry
September 10th, 2018

How to Understand the Paradoxes in Biblical Poetry

Michael Dechane

The psalms are poetry, and understanding poetry often happens in stages as we grapple with its language, images, forms, and rhythms. If a poem expresses paradox, or communicates the reality of living with ambivalence, or traces the hazy outline of mystery—we are likely to be put off, confused, or ...

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5 Psalms of Peace for Your Busy Life
September 6th, 2018

5 Psalms of Peace for Your Busy Life

Hannah DeMarco

As you begin reading this, perhaps you’re overwhelmed with a sense of urgency. Maybe you feel guilty for taking time out of your busy schedule to read a blog. But you’re desperate for relief from it all. Knots in your ...

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How the Bible Can Make Us Kinder People
September 3rd, 2018

How the Bible Can Make Us Kinder People

Amber Parker

Kindness seems to be a lost art these days. Our culture puts an emphasis on self-promotion and achievement rather than on caring for others. Often showing kindness is not seen as a priority, and for some, it is viewed as a weakness. Even for those of us who believe ...

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Unveiling the Glorious Spectacle of the Gospel
August 27th, 2018

Unveiling the Glorious Spectacle of the Gospel

Lydia Sheldon

Last May, the fashion world’s interpretation of the divine promenaded up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bearded prophets and winged angels ornamented a singer’s gown. Celebrities balanced golden halos and sported embroidered crosses. Sarah Jessica Parker propped a Dolce & Gabbana nativity scene ...

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Encountering God in the Daily Rhythms of Life
August 20th, 2018

Encountering God in the Daily Rhythms of Life

Annelise Jolley

The Christian liturgical year is built around feast days, seasons of fasting, and the ordinary time in between. How do we faithfully structure our eating rhythms, and how might they lead us deeper into Scripture? In this three-part series , writer Annelise Jolley explores the spiritual implications ...

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How to Give Yourself Grace When You Don’t Feel Good Enough
August 16th, 2018

How to Give Yourself Grace When You Don’t Feel Good Enough

Hannah DeMarco

I inherited many wonderful things from my father: his olive skin, his love of music, his zeal for learning. But one of the more challenging things he bequeathed to me is my unrealistic concept of time. Overly idealistic, I try to cram 47 activities into a ...

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Listening as a Way of Loving Others Like Jesus
August 13th, 2018

Listening as a Way of Loving Others Like Jesus

Sarah Zaske

A typical Manhattan morning is noisy, crowded, and busy, and this day was no exception. Like the thousands of individuals I shared the sidewalk with, I had somewhere to be and was running late. As I hurried down Fifth Avenue, I heard a noise that stood ...

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How to Find Strength and Nourishment Through Fasting
August 6th, 2018

How to Find Strength and Nourishment Through Fasting

Annelise Jolley

The Christian liturgical year is built around feast days, seasons of fasting, and the ordinary time in between. How do we faithfully structure our eating rhythms, and how might they lead us deeper into Scripture? In this three-part series , writer Annelise Jolley explores the connection between ...

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5 Verses to Overcome Your Financial Fears
August 2nd, 2018

5 Verses to Overcome Your Financial Fears

Hannah DeMarco

You pull into the driveway, turn off the engine, and sit there—frozen. You don’t want to move. You dread opening the mailbox to see more bills. You hate the thought of going inside and seeing your leaky fridge you can’t afford to fix. You don’t ...

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Are You Longing for Something More?
July 30th, 2018

Are You Longing for Something More?

Laura Gish

Why does a pervasive longing and restless disquiet fill our lives, despite brief moments of fulfillment? How can we satisfy this ache that is so profound it leaves us wanting something we cannot name? In The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality, ...

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Feast on Scripture in Preparation for the Great Feast
July 23rd, 2018

Feast on Scripture in Preparation for the Great Feast

Annelise Jolley

The Christian liturgical year is built around feast days, seasons of fasting, and the ordinary time in between. How do we faithfully structure our eating rhythms, and how might they lead us deeper into Scripture? In this three-part series , writer Annelise Jolley explores the connection between ...

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Unsure of the Next Steps? Find Sure Footing in God’s Word
July 19th, 2018

Unsure of the Next Steps? Find Sure Footing in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

I have no idea where I’ll be living in seven weeks. I love my room, my neighborhood, my roommates, everything. I cherish my walks home after work—and how easy it is to visit my friends who live close by. But a few months ago, I ...

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How to Start Reading the Bible with Friends
July 16th, 2018

How to Start Reading the Bible with Friends

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

Every weekday morning, after I’ve gone for my walk, had breakfast, and tidied up my living room, I unlock my front door and wait for Lilit to come over for morning devotions. About 20 years younger than me, Lilit has lived next door since our church helped her move ...

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How to Unlock the Bible’s Poetry
July 9th, 2018

How to Unlock the Bible’s Poetry

Michael Dechane

Philip Yancey’s book, The Bible Jesus Read , was a helpful and inspiring guide for me when I began reading the Bible and found myself struggling to engage with the Old Testament. His reflections helped me find a foothold to begin reading the prophets and wisdom literature. One ...

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3 Prayers to Fight Gnawing Anxiety
July 5th, 2018

3 Prayers to Fight Gnawing Anxiety

Hannah DeMarco

The rain splashed across the window next to the cozy couch in which I sat, nuzzled up in a warm blanket. I finally had a night all to myself. The movie I’d been waiting to watch all week was just beginning. But as the opening credits rolled—a sight that ...

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The Unexpected Delight of Listening to the Bible
July 2nd, 2018

The Unexpected Delight of Listening to the Bible

Lydia Sheldon

I used to read my Bible every morning with a cup of coffee and a journal full of notes and prayers—a scene worthy of Instagram. That habit of consistent Bible study filled my heart with God’s voice. But I’m not there right now. After a ...

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Paying Attention to the Bible’s Important Messages
June 25th, 2018

Paying Attention to the Bible’s Important Messages

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

“To be honest with you…”  “To tell you the truth…” “As a matter of fact…” “Honestly…” “To be frank…” How often have you heard or uttered these words, or some similar phrase? Have you ever wondered why anyone would preface a ...

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Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You’re Not Alone.
June 21st, 2018

Feel Like You Don’t Belong? You’re Not Alone.

Hannah DeMarco

I don’t belong here , I thought. My acceptance letter was a fluke. I walked through the ancient university building. The sound of posh British accents filled my ears, making me feel insecure about my uncultured accent. I tip-toed through the hallways, ...

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Turn to Scripture to Learn How to Pray
June 18th, 2018

Turn to Scripture to Learn How to Pray

Lydia Sheldon

I went to bed last night in that oh-so-familiar pre-bed state. You know the one. Contrary to every health guru blogger, doctor, and grandmother’s advice, I did not wind down. There was no long bath with salts, no cello music drifting through lavender oil-scented air. Light glared from bulbs ...

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Engage Kids with the Bible Before They Can Read
June 11th, 2018

Engage Kids with the Bible Before They Can Read

Michael Foust

The first time I read the Bible to my oldest child, he tried to eat it. Mind you, he was barely a year old and was teething, and the colorful Bible board book I was holding did resemble every colorful object in his ...

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Run out of Money? Fill up on Peace in God’s Word
June 7th, 2018

Run out of Money? Fill up on Peace in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

Notice: Your Account Has Been Overdrawn. When you opened your email, these were the words you were dreading you’d see. And there they are, right in front of you. Your chest tightening, you will yourself ...

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Embrace Your True Freedom in God
June 4th, 2018

Embrace Your True Freedom in God

Amber Parker

Have you ever read something that shook you? Words that you couldn’t get away from? Words that played over and over in your mind? That is what happened when I read Galatians 5:1. Even though I had seen the words many times before, this time was different. ...

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Engage Your Heart and Mind with Scripture While at Work
May 28th, 2018

Engage Your Heart and Mind with Scripture While at Work

Michael Dechane

When I imagine Jesus working alongside Joseph, learning his father’s trade as a carpenter, I wonder how much they talked. Woodworking has always been a noisy business, and that makes conversation hard. Imagine, though, how important those times of working and talking together must have been as Jesus was ...

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Reading Scripture with all the Languages of the World
May 21st, 2018

Reading Scripture with all the Languages of the World

Bryan Park

Several weeks ago, I visited the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. As I walked through an exhibition hall full of historical Bibles and replicas, I heard recordings of Scriptures being played through the speakers. To my surprise, they were in many different languages—I heard psalms in Hebrew ...

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