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Life’s Challenges

Snow prowl

There’s usually one night (somewhere near the middle of winter) when my family—tired of being stuck inside—decides to go out for a snow prowl….

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Jesus and prayers for justice

I long for a world that’s filled with justice, don’t you? Justice is that deep desire we have that all the innocent people are…

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You’re not alone in life’s storms

In my young adult years, unshakable faith came easy. But recently—maybe because of an awareness of so many seemingly impossible situations or maybe because…

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Goodbye isn’t the end

Goodbye—is there a worse word in the English language? As I type this, I am surrounded by moving boxes and packing tape. Our family…

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Jesus calls the broken

Have you ever pretended you had it all together? Recently, I met a friend for coffee and, fueled by Pastor Mike’s sermons, decided to…

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Preparing for the storm

My Florida friends spent last week preparing for Hurricane Ian. Some reinforced windows in their homes. Another packed up a bunch of her possessions…

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In a world of conspiracies, how do you find the truth?

The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma was prophetic. Granted it is ironic that Netflix produced a movie that bashed addictive media that removes people…

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Hold on to the reality of hope

The war in Ukraine adds one more item on our two-year list of collective crises. There is no need for me to rehash all…

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You were not meant to carry your burdens

Young adults and the elderly seem to share the ability to be transparent. On New Year’s Eve, a young man sat in my living…

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Arise and shine. God is here!

Christmas joy and Christmas grief are the unavoidable extremes of Christmas. Parents of young children, the healthy, and those who have successfully had more…

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You are not defeated

Do you ever feel defeated before you even get out of bed? The headlines from the day before or struggles of friends and families,…

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Carry on

Following the death of Prince Philip, I read a quote from Nick Bullen, who worked with the prince for his 90th birthday celebration. “He…