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The Wisdom of Madeline L’Engle

According to some people on Facebook, this is National Book Week. All over my feed, people are picking up the closest book and posting the 5th sentence from page 56. Which, for me, is “All light was gone.” However, I’m going to do a little more than that here. For the last eight or so months, […]

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A Unique Christmas Present

On December 25th, we typically celebrate Christ’s birth by giving presents to family and friends. How about, this year, giving God a present? Okay, what can you give to someone who really does have everything? The only answer I can think of is time. Time spent on doing something he’s asked us to do. Like […]

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What does it take to trust a God you don’t know?

Although it happened years ago, I’ll never forget the Sunday morning our pastor gave away a quarter for his children’s story. Our family was part of a small church plant meeting in a school gymnasium. At that point, there were only seven or eight young children. The pastor, an older man, always had a story […]

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The deadly duo: why we don’t make more disciples

According to all the studies I’ve read over the last 40 years, the typical churchgoer will never help another person enter into a meaningful relationship with God. Wow! How can that be? On second thought—maybe it’s not so hard to believe…. A co-worker has cancer, and you want to say you’ll pray for her, but—what […]

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Church is really not about us

I’ve often heard people say, “We have so many talented, capable people in this church, the church can’t help but grow.” Each time I hear those words, I cringe inside. Not because I don’t believe the church has been gifted with talented people. Most churches have. Many church members are college-educated people who are professionals […]

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Unforgettable conversations with God

How would you feel if your best friend walked up and handed you a list of things he/she wanted you to do, then left before you had a chance to say a word? You’d be just a bit annoyed, right? Yet, all too often, that’s exactly what our prayers are like. “Here God, this is […]

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Our quest for happiness

We all dream of being happy. But what, exactly, is happiness? We were drinking tea in a friend’s kitchen when she said to me, “You know, when we bought this house, I thought my life was finally perfect. I have a great family, a good job, more possessions than I ever dreamed of having, this […]

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Why I relate to Noah

The Commission by Tom duBois

When you put up a website, in essence, it represents you. People who don’t know you personally see your site and come away with a lasting impression. For years, I’ve been trying to find a look and tag-line for my website that feels right to me. It’s not enough to give my name and what […]

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Boundaries

My dog and I were walking down the sidewalk as usual, her out in front leading the way, me working a little bit to keep up. Except for occasional times when she decided she just had to stop and sniff a fragrant tree, check out a suspicious walkway, or observe a patch of interesting grass, […]

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The Verse Inside My locket

A year ago, I bought a small silver locket and asked God to give me a verse for the year. After praying for God to give me a verse, I more or less opened up my Bible at random and put my finger on a spot. It turned out to be Isaiah 30:15. “If you […]

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A Dream With a Message

Have you ever had a dream that seems to mean a lot more than is apparent at first glance? Sometimes my dreams are wacky, or weird, or just plain odd. Easy to see they came from the book I read two days ago, the TV show I watched the night before, the pizza I ate […]

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