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Sunday Scripture

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"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." 1 John 3:16 NIV The Ministry of Presence I haven't watched a full broadcast of the 10 o'clock news in years. It seemed to me that each night, the news became darker, more saturated with gloom and ...

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The Gift of Unfiltered Encouragement

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Two months after my husband and I adopted our older daughter, I found myself sobbing on the treadmill in the middle of the night. We had waited so long for our sweet girl. In a short time, she had completely captured our hearts. I had every reason to be blissfully happy, not crying alone at midnight. What’s my problem?, I worried. What kind ...

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The Power of Seat-Saving {and a giveaway!}

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We saved you a seat. How many spirits could be lifted and hearts encouraged with the offering of this simple phrase? In all of its simplicity, it's actually quite a powerful statement. Just ask any junior-high age girl. Just ask any woman walking into a church fellowship hall, alone. Just ask anyone who has ever replied, "Fine," when asked ...

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In the Middle of the Frozen Food Aisle

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In the middle of Aldi’s frozen food aisle, I “did” church. Right in between the tater tots and frozen peas, I almost missed it. I’m so grateful I didn’t. Since I've been studying Scripture on imperfect hospitality, I’ve begged the Holy Spirit to heighten my awareness on the topic. After four decades of following Him, I’m having my own ...