Blessed are the Broken

Blessed are the Broken Marchaé Grair October 18, 2017   “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17   I walked into a bar eager to go to a storytelling event, where people volunteer to tell their most personal stories to strangers.

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Holy Pique

Holy Pique John A. Nelson September 17, 2017   Then YHWH said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I will send an angel

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Lasting Peace

Lasting Peace Kaji Douša October 16, 2017   And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7   I knew a form of these words before I’d even heard of Philippians. At the end of every service she would raise two fingers

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Seven Deadly Apps

Seven Deadly Apps Lillian Daniel October 15, 2017   “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3   It seems that for every ancient sin, there is a social media app. Envy? Try Pinterest. You get so busy looking at pictures of what other

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Excellence is Not the Most Excellent Way

Excellence is Not the Most Excellent Way Matthew Laney October 14, 2017   “I will show you a more excellent way…” – 1 Corinthians 12:31   In her book, Overachievers: The Secret Life of Driven Kids, Alexandra Robbins documents an unhealthy culture of excellence and overachievement among middle and upper class American youth. Many compete

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Look to the One

Look to the One Vince Amlin October 13, 2017   “You saw that the walls of the City of David were broken through in many places; you stored up water in the Lower Pool. You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall. You built a reservoir between the two

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Ruinous Empathy

Ruinous Empathy Molly Baskette October 12, 2017   “Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” – Ephesians 4:15   In her new book Radical Candor the management guru Kim Scott (a veteran of Google, Apple and Twitter) gives us a new framework

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Prey

Prey Quinn G. Caldwell October 11, 2017   “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?”   A wonderful old hymn renders these lines this way: “As pants the hart

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Go to Sleep. Good Night.

Go to Sleep. Good Night. Mary Luti October 9, 2017   “Jesus said to them, ‘In this world you will have trouble. But do not be afraid. I have overcome the world.’” – John 16:33   If you’re a parent, or if you’ve cared for a child overnight, you’ll recognize this drill: Read story, say

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