Cultivating Contentment
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Cultivating Contentment

No Quick Fixes Usually, there aren’t quick fixes to complicated problems. And any promises of such things should be met with a fair amount of skepticism. At least, that seems to be among the conventional wisdom of the day.  And the Bible’s account of the world acknowledges this as well. There’s no easy solution for...

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...

Wisdom from Culture Shock: Earthly Sojourner, Kingdom Citizen
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Wisdom from Culture Shock: Earthly Sojourner, Kingdom Citizen

Have you ever felt so out of place that you were reminded of being back in middle school? You know that super awkward feeling that you just don’t fit in, and you are way too aware of your every movement and thought? I’ve been feeling this way lately thanks to a little thing called “reverse...