God Welcomes Your ‘Messiness’
November 25th, 2019

God Welcomes Your ‘Messiness’

Heather Drew

Where did all these feelings come from? All of my life I have been called an “emotional person.” But here is a fact: everyone is an “emotional person.” Emotions are natural and normal, and there are a variety of ways we can express them. Our emotions are created ...

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What would Jesus talk about at the table?
October 21st, 2019

What would Jesus talk about at the table?

Gary Wiley

I have been thinking a lot about Jesus’s encounters with people at the dinner table. I wonder what it would be like to have him as a mealtime companion. What would he talk about? Would he walk the path of least resistance, trying his best not to bring up ...

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A Practice of Gratitude
October 14th, 2019

A Practice of Gratitude

Rachel Dawn Hayes

The Bible tells us to rejoice. All the time and in everything. I spend my days juggling a toddler, freelance work, volunteer positions, a husband, friends, and a household. I cook meals that are too complex. I regularly overschedule my days. I am not continuously mindful of my very ...

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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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The Cross On Which Jesus—and Our Old Self—Died
September 16th, 2019

The Cross On Which Jesus—and Our Old Self—Died

Joseph Bentz

The cross, the central symbol of the Christian faith, holds such power for believers that they are often willing to go to great lengths to display it. In a remote field in Lithuania tens of thousands of crosses of every imaginable size and design have been planted on a ...

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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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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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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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