But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 07:34

Fear, My News Feed, and Psalm 46

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Anyone else feeling prone to panic these days?  I watched CCN 10 (a 10-minute global news show for students) with my daughters this morning and it had my stomach in knots.  The photos from the earthquake in Mexico were heart wrenching.  The impending doom for Puerto Rico from...

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imageHere’s one thing I know about women in the church: we tend to wear many hats.  Each and every day we have a variety of roles and responsibilities and places we need to be.  We have passions and giftings and callings from the Lord that we are committed to day in and day out....

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As a new church plant we are blazing new trails in many areas, not the least of which is our children’s ministry.  We’ve been meeting publicly each Sunday now for seven months.  Up until now, our ministry for children has run on good intentions, but over the last month...

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It happened again.  Three teens took their own lives here in Colorado last week.  Two of the boys were students at the middle school and high school that my husband attended.  Like all local parents, I watched the all too familiar footage of teens gathered to mourn and tears sprang...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:18

Revisiting Mere Christianity

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I recently re-read Mere Christianity, a work of C.S. Lewis that is a favorite of many and a tool that God used to redeem at least one of my dear friends.  The book is actually an adaptation of radio broadcast talks, which Lewis gave in England during World War II.  Though his words were...

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There’s a quote I hear and read almost every day these days because of the podcasts I am listening to and the books I am reading.  They are the famous words of Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch Theologian, academician, journalist, and Prime Minister who lived in the second half of the 1800s and...

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It struck me the other day, as I was scrolling through social media, that I know you feel left out some days.  One friend’s announcement of a new home here in the States was juxtaposed next to another friend’s request for prayer to respond to a natural disaster overseas.  The...

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“Ok, Dad, we have to run.  Do you want to come with the baby to the NICU?”

Not exactly the words a mother wants to hear the very second she pushes her child out.  But that’s what our neonatal doctor said to my husband when Abby Grace entered the world 12 years ago. ...

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Jesus’ words of rebuke to Peter, “Get behind me Satan,” are so well known that they have been a part of our vernacular for centuries—maybe since they were first canonized.  What is less oft spoken, though, is what Jesus said to Peter next, “For you are not setting...

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It’s back to school.  Raise your hand if that means you have slightly sweaty palms and a tightness in your chest because you know you should outfit your children in the latest styles for the new school year.  Or, raise your hand if you know you’re a subpar parent if they...

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Here are answers to three questions that I recently received from a few different friends and readers.  I thought I’d share the answers here, in hopes that they serve others too. 

Some readers have started women’s Bible studies in their homes and Mormons from their...

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I’m pretty sure that no one reading this post will disagree with me when I say that this weekend’s display of racism in Charlottesville, Virginia was horrific.  Probably all of my white friends, family, and readers want only a great distance between themselves and neo-confederates...

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As I mentioned in my post a couple days ago, we are indeed homeschooling our girls again this year.  But that decision did not come easily.  It took months of anguish to decide.  We finally chose to homeschool again for one primary reason: our global calling to missions and our...

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Just moments ago I disenrolled my oldest daughter from the local high school.  This decision was made with not a little turmoil.  I’ll pen a post about how we came to this choice later this week.  But suffice it to say for now, the decision was born out of months of violent...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 00:50

Three Ways to Enhance Your Bible Reading Today

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We tend to highjack verses of the Bible for our own purposes.  I have certainly been guilty of this.    I picked up a new term for this practice from the book, Saving the Bible from Ourselves and it’s now a handy part of my vocabulary.  Hijacking Bible verses is...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 05:48

Prayer Partners: A Good Gift Worth Seeking 

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“Lord, thank you for the refreshment that comes through this friendship,” my prayer partner prayed this morning.  I echoed her...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 05:48

Prayer Partners: A Good Gift Worth Seeking 

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“Lord, thank you for the refreshment that comes through this friendship,” my prayer partner prayed this morning.  I echoed her...

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“All that to say, I've decided to host a Bible study in my home this fall,” read an email I received the other day from a friend in...

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“All that to say, I've decided to host a Bible study in my home this fall,” read an email I received the other day from a friend in...

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I think I’m being pruned by the Lord.  It’s very uncomfortable.  I cannot parse out the motives of my heart and what exactly he’s cutting back just yet.  But I am aware that there are some sinful motives involved and, in his mercy, Jesus is identifying them and...

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I think I’m being pruned by the Lord.  It’s very uncomfortable.  I cannot parse out the motives of my heart and what exactly he’s cutting back just yet.  But I am aware that there are some sinful motives involved and, in his mercy, Jesus is identifying them and...

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Worldview is developed between the ages of 18 months and 13 years.  According to George Barna in a recent interview, by the time a...

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Worldview is developed between the ages of 18 months and 13 years.  According to George Barna in a recent interview, by the time a teenager...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:36

Man Cannot Live on Spiritual McNuggets Alone

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You have probably heard that the Bible is the number one best selling book of all time.  But did you know that it’s the number one best seller every single year?  There is no shortage of Bibles in the land.  In fact, we are inundated with them.  

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:36

Man Cannot Live on Spiritual McNuggets Alone

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You have probably heard that the Bible is the number one best selling book of all time.  But did you know that it’s the number one best seller every single year?  There is no shortage of Bibles in the land.  In fact, we are inundated with them.  

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