These Have Been Good Days, But Hard Times

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Not so well, actually, though I’m truly grateful you asked. I’m not sure if it’s pride or privacy that usually compels me to say “Fine” or “Good” when asked that question, but today I’ll just level with you. “Not so good.” These have been hard days—or maybe better, hard times lived upon lots of

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It’s Good to Draw Near

Category: Daily Devotions
Psalm 73 speaks of jealousy of the foolish and arrogant rich. These people became rich by mocking and extorting men. They spoke against God saying He had no power over them and could not judge them. They paraded their arrogance and enticed God’s people to drink from their cup and follow them.

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Why the world needs isersarneq

Category: News
It might not seem like a terrible tragedy that no one alive looks at the vertical groove between the nose and the upper lip and thinks siniik’adach’uuch’. The last person who did, Marie Smith Jones, was also the last person who spoke Eyak, an Alaskan tribal language. She died in 2008. A year

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On Preparing Your Hands for Church

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Sometimes I almost prefer not to tell who I am quoting. Sometimes people see the name and either tune out altogether, or they respond so enthusiastically they fail to exercise due discernment. But in this case, this quote is so good and helpful that I wanted to share it with you. I will even

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Feelings of Inferiority

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Early in my life, I experienced some feelings of inferiority. Because we struggled financially, my mother and I didn’t live in the “right”

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Jewels from Junk

Category: Daily Devotions
“…I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message) ‘You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.’ Song of Solomon 4:7 In her poem ‘What to do with […]

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Weekend A La Carte (August 17)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older ones—not bad for a Saturday! (Yesterday on the blog: The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon) Evidence of Biblical Story Found in Layers of Jerusalem Ash “The Bible describes King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon laying

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Broken Relationships

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering” Philippians 3:10 How are you doing today? Is everything going great or are you struggling with a broken relationship? Or perhaps you have an incurable disease – maybe something worse. Some parts of our

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Cutting through the Spin on the Indianapolis Plan

Category: Technology
The Spin Cycle Earlier this week, all the United Methodist lights went up on the Indianapolis Plan, a plan for the future of The United Methodist Church. And they have a common theme: From UMNS: “The drafters of the Indianapolis Plan include pastors of churches that are affiliated with

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A La Carte (August 16)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals aren’t the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, but there are some really solid books there. (For another solid book, check out The Whole Armor of God, on sale at Westminster.) Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis Anne Kennedy: “In the world of

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How Can I Remain Silent

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
“For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”  Esther 8:6 Harriet Tubman was an African-American who escaped slavery by means of the Underground Railway into Pennsylvania from the South. However, once freed, knowing that others

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