14 Apr 2016

In the Midst

I stepped off the hot bus and quickly surveyed my surroundings in order to orient myself. Which way to go? I quickly saw the cemetery. It was not the well-organized,

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11 Apr 2016

FIRST: Praying the Bible

This may seem like an oxymoron, but when it comes to praying the Bible, I must point out two “firsts.” My first encounter with praying the Bible was while I

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05 Apr 2016

My Journey – Joanna Polarek

  The air is crisp, windy, and the sky threatens to open. I go anyway. “God, open my ears, eyes and heart to you.” I begin to walk…and see a

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04 Apr 2016

FIRST: Solitude

Spending time alone with God at first seemed like a foreign concept to me. In my youth I had always held the idea that we sort of ‘visited’ God in

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31 Mar 2016

One Turn At a Time

It was another sunny winter day, a gift directly from the hand of the generous God. The temperature was 6 degrees at the base and -15 at the top of

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28 Mar 2016

FIRST: Worship

I suppose it all began for me when I read Richard Foster’s classic book ‘The Celebration of Discipline’ where in the final chapter he flips it around and urges ‘the

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22 Mar 2016


THAT word which evokes negative feelings in many people – submission. To submit is “to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.” It was a week

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21 Mar 2016

FIRST: Journaling Scripture

On a slow quiet Saturday, my husband had graciously prepared and brought me breakfast in bed. He opened the curtains, which allowed me to take in God’s nature. After I

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03 Mar 2016


Money. It’s mine. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s none of your concern. I earn it. I spend it. I save it. I share it. It’s mine and it’s none of

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15 Feb 2016

FIRST: Discursive Meditation

When you say meditation, I think of either someone sitting on the ground cross-legged, fingers pinched, ohm-ing or maybe someone is in a life group trying to find their “power

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11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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08 Feb 2016

FIRST: The Discipline of Study

In acknowledging of the undeniable importance of the prayerful life as the foundational element of Christian life, I would like to heed a German theologian Karl Barth’s advice which emphasizes

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