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Waiting for Christmas

It doesn’t feel like Christmas. Though, I’ve not thought about it much before now, but I don’t know what Christmas feels like. I know what memories of Christmas bring up…

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Dancing in Daily Rhythm with God

Watch the video below to hear a personal testimony from Shannon Boyd as she shares about how practicing her intimate rhythms of life with Jesus has made a difference in…

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Gratitude & Lament

Type out paragraphs. Back space. Erase. Delete. My brow furrows, my brain turning and spinning, trying to think of or be divinely inspired to find new or renewed thoughts about…

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Sabbath: Making All Things New

We belong to a story. It begins with an ordering of things, an orchestral creation of beauty and wonder wrought out of the chaos. Linear time made its appearance. After…

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Growing in Community

“I’m sorry for the way I treated you before the bus came,” she told two of her teammates. “I was really tired, and how you talked to me reminded me…

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Start Somewhere

  In a recent episode of Lead Stories Podcast[1], Efrem Smith[2] noted, “Christians need to fight harder for their true selves, their true identity.” It is my firm belief that…

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More Faith

The disciples, the ones who followed Jesus at such close proximity, listened to him, their heads perhaps tilted in toward his voice. He told them that it was inevitable for…

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Life Forged in the Everyday

How would we change if we developed eyes to see and hearts to know the grandeur of God in everyday ordinary life? Today, take your life and place it before…

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A Gentle Wind

A calm tarries over Jerusalem. It is the quiet before the feast, the busied hush of a people with their focus on what lies ahead. I rustle through the markets…

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The Pointing Finger

My fingers turned inward, pressing into my palm. All of the digits, except this pointer, free to direct and to demand, to demean and to control. You are not doing…

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Refining Fire

Purifying. Lifting off. Applying extensive heat so as to remove defiling agents. Burning dross. Why? The metal proves useful anyway, without refining, to create all manner of things. Why the…

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Bring Peace, We Pray

I am wrestling with this writing.  Old Testament peace–shalom, meaning completeness, safety, soundness of mind, tranquility.  New Testament peace–eirene, meaning peace between individuals, also personal security and safety, of the…

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The Gift of Music

Across centuries, facts have been put into songs to help people retain knowledge. Nursery rhymes, Bible stories, geography facts, math facts, songs about the order of connected bones. Since ancient…

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Why Sabbath?

When God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites after the Exodus, He gave a gift. He gave his people ways to live, ways to enjoy their freedom.…

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Spiritual Disciplines

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” I Corinthians 9:25…

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Holy Rhythm

In the hustle and flow of life, something will set our daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms. For a college student of any age, semesters and syllabi mark the time.…

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Many Parts, One Body

The psalmist proclaims that we are wonderfully complex, uniquely created, marvelous pieces of workmanship. (Psalm 139) Paul reminds us in Ephesians that we are God’s masterpiece, his poiema,…

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A New Name

This world we inhabit and our very own histories that lead us directly to the current day and hour offer us many labels, many names. Have you ever stopped…

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Culturing Pearls

Who are we that He is mindful of us? And yet, God – the Almighty, the Creator, the real and true God – condescends that our stories can be…

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Sabbath Rest

What does rest look like? For some, it is reading or listening to music. For others, it’s actually a long walk or run. Maybe sleeping, artwork, hiking, cooking, cleaning, organizing.…

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