What to do when you’re sick of your story -3

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If you’re sick of your story or day, then invite the Holy Spirit to change your thoughts. Your car needs repair. You and a loved one had a disagreement. You must collaborate with an unpleasant coworker. You read the news. Another terror attack. What can you do? You may not be able to change the situation, but you can change …

The Four Components of Transformation? – 2

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Hi Friends, Welcome to our new series: Be transformed by experiencing God’s love. Do you ever wonder (like me) what it means to grow as a Christ follower? Is growth about a list of dos and don’ts? (“No.” Thank God!) Or is it about how much you serve God and others? (Depends.) Or is it about how we conduct ourselves …

Step One. . .zzz

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According to James Bryan Smith, step one for training your soul is (drum roll please): Sleep. If you’re blinking to see if you read correctly, you’re not the only one. I read Smith’s book The Good and Beautiful God years ago and I thought: “Really, sleep?!!!” My response revealed how much I failed to understand how God had created me. …

Would you throw a party for a prodigal?

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We tell God: “I wish you were dead!” But God (as Jesus) dies to restore our relationship with God (if we want). Crazy (agape) love. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) “11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property …

6 Things I learned in March

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1. God has as much to teach a parent of a teenager as the teenager of that parent. Eugene Peterson boldly claims adolescence is “God’s gift, to the parent in middle-age.” (Like some of God’s gifts, it may come disguised and requires faith to see and unwrap.) Using the story of Samuel’s call by God, Peterson reminds Christian parents “that …

3 Benefits Trials Can Reveal (if you’re open)

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God doesn’t exempt us from suffering but God promises to be with us in our suffering. (Click to Tweet.) And God promises to redeem our suffering, so our tears and pain are not wasted. Fred Quta grew up in Kenya in the 1980s. His mother, a strong Christian, died when he was three years old. Fred recalled his father “follow[ed] …

Dig down to rise up

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Digging deeper isn’t just about uncovering more dirt. When you persist and dig, you may discover buried treasure under your resistance. Last year, I looked at a package with a photo of cheery yellow and white daffodils. Ugly brown bulbs, looking like dehydrated onions, filled the bag. To prepare the bulbs to become daffodils, I bent with a spade, trying …

What did one woman’s mistake teach me about God?

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One woman’s mistake about an Apple I’s worth taught me how much God loves and values me. Do you ever misjudge your own worth or the worth of something based on externals? “In June 2015, a woman found a forgotten, old computer belonging to her deceased husband in their garage. The computer was bulky and heavy compared to today’s sleek …