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Shaking up a Sluggish Heart

READ: Luke 24:13-35 Jesus has been crucified and buried.  It’s been 3 days.  Almost the end of the third day, as a matter of fact. Some witnesses say He is risen, as He’d promised He’d do in three days.  But, it’s been the third day a long time.  Cleopas and his pal have seen nothing.  These two… Continue reading Shaking up a Sluggish Heart

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The Remarkable Rewards for Tarry-Marys

Read:  John 20:1-18 But Mary remained. Who was this Mary?  We’re not discussing Good Mary.  Jesus’ momma.  This is Bad Mary.  Widely accepted tradition indicates she was a reformed prostitute.  However, this isn’t explicitly told in the Bible. Now it came to pass, afterward, that Jesus went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the… Continue reading The Remarkable Rewards for Tarry-Marys

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The Beauty of Being Called Out

READ:  Matthew 14:22-23 Who doesn’t love a good Peter story? If I’m telling the truth, I secretly love that Peter sometimes fails.  There.  I said it. The weakness in my flesh is constantly sending out a self-conscious radar hoping to detect the ping of another flailing companion. The passage today tells of the familiar walking-on-water… Continue reading The Beauty of Being Called Out

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Cheerful + Repentance: Can they really get along?

Read Matthew 3:1-17 Envision a most rejuvenating and replenishing setting.  Did you just imagine John the Baptist preaching repentance?  For sure, no.  Me, neither. In our passage today, John the Baptist comes to life as the rebuker of sin and preacher of repentance.  Based on his interest in awkward clothing and a bland, unappetizing diet,… Continue reading Cheerful + Repentance: Can they really get along?

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Purpose in the Process

(Note:  These out of the blue blog posts are for the purpose of providing devotions to our local Vacation Bible School leaders in an easy-to-reach transmission.  Just didn't want any of my people to fall out of their chairs with alarm at my resurfacing after 5 years of silence!) Read Luke 2:41-52 Raise your hand… Continue reading Purpose in the Process

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Sometimes it’s best to just stay off the road :: Guest Post by Cody Hogden

There’s just something about a 75 mph impact that will change your perspective. On December 13, 2013, my wife and I were in a rather nasty automobile accident. Since that day, I’d say I’m a pretty cautious driver. Stopping. Looking both ways. Checking and double checking. It really has changed the way I drive. A… Continue reading Sometimes it’s best to just stay off the road :: Guest Post by Cody Hogden

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Stop questioning the coach and get in the game! {just a tip from a coach’s wife}

I need you to trust me. I have heard these words many times the last few weeks. From my husband, as parents and players question his coaching decisions.  Fathers and mothers find themselves free to offer guidance to the coach as to where to position their sons on the field and how often to put… Continue reading Stop questioning the coach and get in the game! {just a tip from a coach’s wife}

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Letting you in on a lil’ secret (only read if you’re ready for joy)

Maybe you are unfamiliar with the story of Pastor Saeed Abedini.  He is being held captive in a wicked, Iranian prison simply for his faith in Jesus Christ.  While the rest of us are occupied with what we’ll eat for supper (while we’re eating lunch), this man’s family is desperately praying and hoping for his release from the… Continue reading Letting you in on a lil’ secret (only read if you’re ready for joy)

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A lesson of love from one who just lost

I “met” eight-year-old Daisy through Francis Chan.  I have followed her family’s story ever since that day. And I have prayed for sweet Daisy. Now I am celebrating her short, yet vibrant, life well lived.  And praying for her parents. Her mother, Kate, wrote a beautiful message of love we should all pause to absorb.… Continue reading A lesson of love from one who just lost

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Is your representation legit?

I was in a sorority in college. Alpha Chi Omega. Thankfully, for the most part, my sisters were modest, Christian young women aiming to be world changers. I learned a lot through my experience with AXΩ. One lesson that has carried over into adulthood is to remember who I’m representing. Bearing the letters ΑXΩ was… Continue reading Is your representation legit?