John Barclay’s Very Brief History of Paul

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
John M. G. BarclayPaul: A Very Brief HistoryLondon: SPCK, 2017.Available at SPCK. This is a terrific little book, you can read it in 1-2 hours, where Barclay gives a brief overview of Paul and his influence. Barclay describes Paul as “one of the most interesting and unusual characters from the

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When You are Out of Choices

Category: Daily Devotions
In John 15 we find the story of an invalid.  He couldn’t walk.  He couldn’t work.  He couldn’t even get into the pool of Bethesda.  He was out of options.  But God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless.  Jesus told the man, “Stand up.  Pick up

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Soft Heart, Thick Skin

Category: ALL
There I was standing on the playground, underneath the monkey bars, 10 years old, two long braids hanging down my back.  This image is burned into my brain as one of the very first times my feelings were truly hurt. I was standing there with two other girls waiting to find out which one of

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Always Count the Cost

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Just a couple of blocks from my home is the concrete shell of an unfinished mosque. Several years ago they broke ground and quickly after poured the concrete for the foundation and the four great minarets. And then the project went dormant. For almost three years it has sat ugly and unfinished,

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Hold Fast To Him

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him – then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.”

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A democracy without guardrails

Category: News
When the American founders established the republic, did they equip it with training wheels or guardrails? It is safe to say that when the United States became independent there was the very real chance that it might fail. Beyond the lingering threat of the British and the divisions between

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How We Worshipped

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do this simply to provide an example of how one church structures our time of worship, hoping it will prove a helpful resource to others. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as

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Unoffendable

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:26 God has a new heart for us that cannot be offended, an “unoffendable” heart. Beloved, possessing an unoffendable heart is not […]

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Forgiveness is Good for Your Health

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine and good things in others. Think about all the things you can praise God for and be glad about.” Philippians 4:8 There is a book called Forgive for Good: A Proven […]

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Readers write: Prairie presence, and delayed adulthood

Category: News
Prairie presence Regarding the Feb. 18 Points of Progress article, “Slow and steady, grassland grows”: As a native of a prairie state – North Dakota – the article on grasslands expressing concern for their conservation evoked a “yes!” There are national grasslands established in North Dakota,

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Weekend A La Carte (March 23)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals include some classics that are worth looking at. (Yesterday on the blog: My Favorite “Minor” Museums) The Industrial Revolution of Shame Wow. “We are undergoing an industrial revolution in shame. New technologies have radically expanded our ability to make and

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Unfair Treatment

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6 (NLT) Not everything has turned out the way I expected. In those moments, my first question was

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The Glorious Inequity of Grace

Category: Daily Devotions
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” – Jesus Christ Luke 6:35 If you want to get a little taste […]

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