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You must not love God enough

A friend was going through a really hard time and told me some of the “encouragement” she received from other Christians. “You didn’t have…

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Jesus is worth it!

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). That’s nice, isn’t it? A neat little story about a…

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How many motives?

If I made you write an essay listing all the reasons to avoid sin, how long would your essay be? I wouldn’t give you…

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Telling the future

My husband and I were walking in downtown Madison, WI, and passed a man who held a cardboard sign that read, “Tarot Readings.” I…

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Chill out

About eight years ago at a local Barnes & Noble, while looking at the overpriced DVDs, I found something amusing. Those who say God…

Bible 101

3 essential verses if you feel ashamed

If you frequently feel shame, that humiliation over your sins that makes you feel like you don’t belong and that you need to hide,…

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Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

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Whom he walked toward

The miracle of Peter walking on water always amazed me. I wondered what it must have been like for him to take that first…

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New year, new YOU?

Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? Better yet, have you ever kept one? Why do we do this every year? Is it because…

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Healing for broken relationships

In the upheaval of the past year or two, most of us have been touched by divided opinions and stress buildup leading to angry…

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Grace AND peace!

Christians love the words grace and peace. Those two words are laced through the Bible, peppered into prayers, and bound up in the benediction…

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God doesn’t mind

Of the many things I love about Jesus’ mother, near the top of the list are the lyrics to her famous song: “My spirit…