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Weathered

You've probably heard Paul's encouraging words in 2 Corinthians 4:17 reminding us "that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." It's a reminder that the hardships we face here on earth really are small and temporary compared to our promised… Continue reading Weathered

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Cheap Fruit

"There are two remarkable things about the vine. There is not a plant of which spirit can be so abundantly distilled as the vine. And there is not a plant that so soon runs into wild wood, that hinders its fruit, and therefore needs the most merciless pruning. I look out of my window on… Continue reading Cheap Fruit

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Leaving The Bitter Barn

"Do not call me Naomi (i.e., pleasant or sweet), call me Mara (i.e., bitter), for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has afflicted me (i.e., testified against me) and the Almighty has brought calamity… Continue reading Leaving The Bitter Barn

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That’s Not How This Works

Photo courtesy: PinterestThere's a funny car insurance commercial floating around where an elderly woman is proudly posting her photos "to her wall" but instead of Facebook, she's just pinning them to her actual wall. Her friend comes in and tells her she's doing it wrong by proclaiming "that's not how this works... that's not how… Continue reading That’s Not How This Works

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Adulting and Hard Things

One of my favorite Jesus girls, Lisa Whittle posted something today that had me smacking my desk at work and nodding a big "uhh huh... yes ma'am" out loud. (I was on a distracted Instagram break... I know nobody ever does that.) "Here's what I've realized. People can do hard things without God. But we… Continue reading Adulting and Hard Things

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Easter Off The Page

When I was a teenager, my friends and I took part in our city's production of the Passion Play during Easter week. We practiced for months for the week long performances in which we were part of the crowd that both welcomed and condemned Jesus. We began by waving palm branches and finished with the… Continue reading Easter Off The Page

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First World Easter

Easter week. Holy Week. My favorite holiday and my favorite celebration. In the same way we observe advent, I think the time before Easter deserves our attention and willingness to quiet ourselves to hear with clear minds the story that changed everything. Our lives are not very conducive to this message, however, and the gospel… Continue reading First World Easter