Prayer for Restoration in Our Suffering
March 30th, 2020

Prayer for Restoration in Our Suffering

Gary Wiley

Dear readers, we find ourselves in a challenging time as a nation. Our lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 outbreak. Some of us are unable to leave our homes, some have lost employment, some are sick, and some of our loved ones have died. We can’t ...

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Only 9 Months ’til Christmas
March 23rd, 2020

Only 9 Months ’til Christmas

Gary Wiley

It’s too early to think about Christmas! If you are observing the season of Lent, you know that we are in the fourth week of Lent with less than three weeks until the great celebration of Easter. Celebrating Christmas is probably not on your radar at all. And ...

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Memorization: Getting God’s Word Inside You
March 9th, 2020

Memorization: Getting God’s Word Inside You

Peter Edman

Memorization has been on my mind and on my task list recently, including preparing a list of the top 10 Bible passages everyone should memorize. One candidate for that top-ten list of memory verses is Paul’s reminder in Philippians 4:8 to “fill your mind with those things that are ...

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Journey with Jesus in the Desert
March 2nd, 2020

Journey with Jesus in the Desert

Christina Miller

The season of Lent is upon us, beginning last week with Ash Wednesday. In many churches, clergy traced ashes across recipients’ foreheads, reciting the words, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.” This somber reminder led us into a 40-day journey, mirroring Jesus’s time of ...

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Does Social Media Make You Anxious?
January 27th, 2020

Does Social Media Make You Anxious?

Kari E. Randall

My friends are railing about politics on Facebook again. I’m exhausted. My social media feeds brim with news of violence, incivility, and decidedly un-neighborly behavior with no end in sight. And that’s just in the United States. Does it feel the same for you? ...

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 I’ll Say a Little Prayer For You
September 30th, 2019

I’ll Say a Little Prayer For You

Gary Wiley

Early in my marriage, my wife used to ask me to “whisper a prayer” whenever a situation would arise. I thought her expression was quaint, maybe even lacking a degree of seriousness. However, it was not like her to take prayer lightly. In those early years of our marriage, ...

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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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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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