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Leading From a Healthy Soul…and Why It Matters – Part 2

We continue the conversation from yesterday about the importance of the soul. It’s not a matter of indulgence. It’s a matter of sanity. Finding Sanctuary for the Soul. There is within each of us a need for sanctuary; a place of refuge when a weary soul needs rest. There is a need to find a place ...

Leading From a Healthy Soul…and Why It Matters – Part 1

There is a part of you that no one sees; not even you. But it is real and it matters. I was raised in a non-religious home with no underpinnings of the things or reality of God. Somewhere, however, as a child I learned the childhood prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I ...

Just in Time for Fall!

Are you looking for a new growing-in-Jesus, not-another-Bible-Study resource this fall for you and/or a group to use? One that is online so you can interact with friends and others anywhere? Maybe you are looking for a resource that offers more than information about God but a way of living with God that can be ...

God’s Will: Can I Miss It?

"I just wish God would show me what to do!" God’s will has been the focus of much prayer, angst, hope, and confusion. Our prayers for God’s will often centers around the need for God to fill in the blanks of our lives. “Who should I marry?” Which school should I attend?” Should I take ...

Everyone has Spiders in Their Lives

When my husband and I were in Bible school one of the required classes the first semester of our freshman year was an evangelism called Evangelism Explosion. The class was based on a book by the same title that was considered the text on evangelism at that time. The book popularized witnessing as a systematic ...

Holy Ground Under Our Feet

“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38 Two great columns flanked the doors leading into the Temple. But only the priests were permitted through these doors and only at the appropriate times. There was a thick veil that separated this place from all the rest. As we ...

An Embodied Faith

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. Isa. 1:17 (NLT) In Lent, with its emphasis on prayer, self-examination and repentance, people have, historically, chosen to fast during the season of Lent. Fasting is a spiritual discipline designed to help us better focus ...

Our Tidy Little Kingdoms

“Following Jesus closely messes up our tidy little kingdoms, and that does not always attract the masses. But at the same time, in following Jesus we receive a life far more abundant than anything in this world can offer. It is this abundant life that we are to demonstrate to others that it is worth ...

The Practice of Being Imperfect

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Gal. 6:4-5 ™ Self-examination is one of ...

Reckless Wonder

“At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Matt. 27:16, 17 (NIV)[i] Barabbas’ first name was also Jesus, which means “savior.” So Pilate ...