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13 Oct 2016

The Inevitability of Pain

We all have experienced it….pain. And we all have done everything we could to avoid it or numb it. We put a lot of effort into numbing, or ignoring pain,

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07 Oct 2016

Pulling Weeds or Growing Fruit

I think most people would consider pulling weeds to be a tedious, but necessary task. I, on the other hand, find great satisfaction in weeding my garden. First of all,

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20 Sep 2016

Lectio Divina Part 7: Romans 8:31-39

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13 Sep 2016

Lectio Divina Part 6: Isaiah 30:15-21

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09 Sep 2016

MARGINS

The beginning of the school year was always an anxious time for me. At the top of the list of anxieties were fitting in socially and measuring up scholastically. Both

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09 Sep 2016

Lectio Divina Part 5: 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

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From the Blog

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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04 Feb 2016

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS  *On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his

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01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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