Fighting for Joy: Psalm 42
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Fighting for Joy: Psalm 42

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him. My salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you…” Psalm 42:5 In our Christian walk, we will always be fighting for joy in...

A Creative Approach to “Psalms: Songs of the Saints”
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A Creative Approach to “Psalms: Songs of the Saints”

The Psalms are a collection of creative expressions that model for us the wide range of emotions that are felt by God’s people, seeking to trust in the Lord amidst life in a broken and sinful world. Throughout this book, we see doubts, laments, and even outbursts of praise to God, each being uniquely expressed...

Pursuing Clarity in 2020
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Pursuing Clarity in 2020

It seems the buzz word for 2020 is “CLARITY,” no doubt inspired by 20/20 perfect vision.  I don’t think I’m alone in craving what this word gives. In our increasingly divided culture, fast-paced lives, and internet-cluttered brains, clarity sounds so life-giving. I can’t even tell you how many times in the past I’ve told my husband,...

The Purpose of Parables
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The Purpose of Parables

A common definition of a parable is “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning” (Barclay & others). Depending on how you evaluate, the Good Book contains somewhere between 40 and 60 parables. Most of them are in the New Testament and are found in the four Gospels, but you can find nearly a dozen of...

Personality Types & God’s Grace
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Personality Types & God’s Grace

By Dorian Watson “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV I recently went to a social gathering where...