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Rooted in Spiritual Reality

 The invitation by Jesus to “abide” or keep company with him (John 15: Matt. 11), is not so much about strategy as is being attentive to his continual, available presence. In other words, Bible reading and prayer are not the only two activities that count spiritually.  When we only view spiritual practices as prayer and ...

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A Heart Greater Than Our Wounds

“You have been wounded in many ways.  The more you open yourself to being healed, the more you will discover how deep your wounds are. The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through.  It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds deeply than to understand ...

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Living Beyond Our Fears

There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp Fear expresses itself differently in each person.  We are fearful about different things. But always…fear will keep you from receiving all that God has for you. Fear causes us to live ...

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Thoughts on Sabbath

I’ve thoroughly been enjoying Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World. Here are a few of her thoughts on Sabbath: “Busy is how our culture measures worth” (p. 123). Our culture invariably supposes that action and accomplishment are better than rest, that doing something….anything…is better than doing nothing. For so much of our ...

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Living in the Kingdom

In my ladies’ life group we are journeying reflectively through the Book of Luke together. We are only in chapter four and it has proven to be a vast , expansive, and rich narrative of God’s story. (The story of Simeon in chapter three still impacts me as a powerful description of a with-God life.) ...

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Marriage – Bringing us into the Fuller Life

In case you missed the Royal Wedding Homily by Dr. Richard Chartres, Anglican Bishop of London, I’ve reposted it. It’s an incredible, short treatise on the purpose of marriage.  We would do well to take it to heart: “A spiritual life grows as love finds its centre beyond ourselves. Faithful and committed relationships offer a door ...

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Pain That Does Not Define Us

Dr Larry Crabb in his book, “The Marriage Builder,” made this observation: “In Jesus’ day there were those who tore their clothes to show anguish at difficult circumstances verses the priests who were forbidden to tear their clothes. He writes, ‘The answer lies in a privilege accorded only to the priests. None but the high ...