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...

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...

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...

What is Your Life?
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What is Your Life?

As a mom, I have found that the demands of this very chaotic life have shaken me to evaluate how I manage my days. In Ephesians 5:15-16, Paul urges, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” To the...