On Dying Well

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Okay, so I realize the title might throw you off, but hang with me. If you've been in this space for the past few months, you may remember this post I wrote in June of last year. It was all about my dear friends, Steve and Gayla. Steve battled cancer for a couple of years. He was 39 with three small kids. I wrote about how our community rallied ...

How Can We Pray for You?

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I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2 NIV Friends, our world is hurting. We are grieving and fighting and struggling. And it all just hurts. We know, however, that even in our ...

When We Forget He’s Near

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There I stood, waving out my living room window at nobody. I wondered what the neighbors would think if they happened to glance out their window at that exact moment. You see, every weekday morning begins the same way: I rise early, make my coffee and sit down to soak up just a moment of Scripture before the chaos begins. Sometimes I'm alone, ...

Preparing Our Hearts for Him

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Did you know that two days ago, we stepped right from a pink-and-red, candy-coated Valentine's Day into a brand-new church season? We crossed off the calendar and began Lent, the 40-day season that leads us straight into Easter glory. During this somber season, many churches pack up their alleluias and save them for Easter Sunday as we remember the ...