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Music Monday: Drops in the Ocean by Hawk Nelson

“I want you as you are, not as you ought to be.” There are days that I just don’t measure up. There are days when I lose my temper, fall into doubt and fear, lose my way, or just simply … Continue reading

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Music Monday: From the Inside Out

“Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades.” So many parts of this song speak to me, but this line stands out a bit more brightly for me today. When everything else is gone, when everything has fallen away, … Continue reading

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Do you know me?

Do you have that friend who has known you forever? Someone who can finish the story you tell about “That time when…,” or someone who knows something is wrong just by the tone of your voice? They haven’t just known … Continue reading

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Explain

  When we can see our blessings and God’s work around us, it changes us. There is something different that is almost tangible. You may have felt it – the peace, the joy, the awe of seeing that there is … Continue reading

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Joy of the Lord

  How many of us think that proper “holy” behavior is reserved, uptight, and unexcitable? (I’m not sure if that last one is actually a word, but you know exactly what I mean) Faith is a very serious thing. Well, … Continue reading

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Peace

“The peace that surpasses all understanding.” This is how Paul describes what your spirit is like when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Or with faith, or with Jesus, or … I spend my time trying to put into … Continue reading

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Having Fun?

  I just heard that joking around is a virtue. There is a balance in life between too much work and too much fun. There is the same balance in our souls. So often, in faith, we think that we must … Continue reading

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Preparedness Drills

    “God prepares us for what He has prepared for us.” A friend told me about this phrase from a sermon, and I loved it. It’s different from the typical, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” … Continue reading

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A little help?

As I head out to teach the chapter on Suffering from my study Be Not Afraid, I am reminded that God never leaves us alone in our suffering. We all have our crosses to bear. Sometimes small, sometimes large, sometimes … Continue reading

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  As I entered my church this weekend for the funeral of a 21-year old young woman, I looked up to see the newly finished mosaic in our dome. It is absolutely breathtaking, and this was the first time I … Continue reading

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