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The Heart of Your Father

The Heart of Your Father

How well do you know God as your Heavenly Father? In this brief study, we look at the qualities of a father and how through the experiences of the Israelites, Joseph, and the disciples, we can learn to see the father-heart of God toward us. Click here for this free study. For a reflection on the call and privilege of "Imitating Our Father," click here.

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New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

Last night as the remaining Christmas lights twinkled, the laughter rung through the house and the excitement of a new year was palpable.  Today all of that has faded as quickly as the sparklers that were waved around at midnight. The sky is cloudy.  The rain is falling.  And there is gloominess not just outside the homes but in many hearts as well.  No, nothing has changed...

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New Year’s Reflections

New Year’s Reflections

Last night as the remaining Christmas lights twinkled, the laughter rung through the house and the excitement of a new year was palpable.  Today all of that has faded as quickly as the sparklers that were waved around at midnight. The sky is cloudy.  The rain is falling.  And there is gloominess not just outside the homes but in many hearts as well.  No, nothing has changed...

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A Happy New Year

A Happy New Year

A prayer.  A praise.  A promise.  And a hope. As we close out the year, many are closing out their reading plans for 2021. From the final chapters of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, we are given a prayer, a praise, a promise and a hope as we head into 2022: First, a promise (or a warning): “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, ‘The day of judgement is coming,...

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Where Are You Planted?

Where Are You Planted?

For the one praying, hoping, or anticipating 2022 will be a year of growth, change, or fruitfulness: may I encourage you to consider where you are planted? “Oh the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.  They are like trees planted along the...

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The Miracle – and the Message – of the Manger

The Miracle – and the Message – of the Manger

“If you could communicate anything with Zoey (our puppy) – and she could understand it – what would it be?”  That was the question posed by my young son to our family.  We gave answers such as, “I would tell her to stop barking!” and “I would say stop chewing the furniture!” Quietly, answering his own question, he replied, “I would tell her that I loved her.” Is that not the message and miracle...

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Hope for a Silent Night after a Disappointing Day

Hope for a Silent Night after a Disappointing Day

{Click here to download this booklet.} Christmas: a time of year that is synonymous with joy, peace, and hope, but if we're honest, can often be filled with sorrow, stress, and sleeplessness.  With so much, seemingly, dependent upon us as we juggle busier-than-ever calendars, countless gatherings, the perfect menu, and multiple Christmas wish-lists, no wonder it is so...

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Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude

I was only a college student, but the words said in passing have stuck with me all these (many) years later: “Gratitude must be cultivated.”  You see, I was at the home of one of the leaders of my campus ministry, joining the family for a home-cooked dinner (every college student’s dream!).  I left with much more than a satisfied stomach, however.  I left with an invaluable lesson...

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Remembering September 11th

Remembering September 11th

Like so many, we remember this day 20 years ago.  We grieve for those who lost loved ones and with those whose lives were forever changed.   We also remember our own stories and experiences, and while there’s not much to add to the beautiful tributes, heartfelt sentiments, and encouraging Scriptures that are shared on this day, there is one moment I would like to share, as it has so...

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