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Giving Tuesday Tips

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Our friends at The National Christian Foundation have some great tips for making the most of Giving Tuesday!  We loved it and wanted to share their post with you.  As we practice our generosity and show God’s love may we experience the promise from Acts 20:32—“It is more blessed (happy-making) to give than to receive!  What began as a simple …

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True Words of Grace and Hope

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I’d like you to meet my daughter.  Kalie is 21 years old, a fiercely loyal friend, and an active member of society.  An avid learner, Kalie isn’t just book smart. She studies society, growing and learning by intentionally listening to others. Kalie hears all viewpoints, discovers common ground, and uses this to build bridges out of thin air. Kalie is …

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A Little Made Enough

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As a minister, I can find myself wondering if I’m doing enough. Am I offering enough support to my team? Is the ministry I lead facilitating enough opportunity for students to encounter Christ? Am I praying enough for my students? On top of these concerns that I grapple with on any given day, there exist now the overshadowing concerns about physical health, national well-being, and racial justice. …

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Treasures in Darkness

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Getting ready for bed one evening, I felt something odd in my left ankle. The next day I had difficulty putting weight on the foot but an X-ray showed nothing broken or fractured. By the following evening, the pain became excruciating.    Little did I realize that an unexpected cloud of darkness was about to hover over my life.   The next weeks and months brought more pain and suffering than I have ever experienced. My physical, emotional, and spiritual …

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Welcome Abundance

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Is it my imagination or does it appear as if the world is in full-blown scarcity mode? “Not Enoughness” runs amok. Fear is in the air like oxygen.    Scarcity began knocking on my door early spring of this year. On March 1, my husband and I released a 30-year ministry assignment of church planting and pastoring in local churches. The transition was exciting, yet this major life change registered in my emotions and body as loss. Five days after this …

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The Illusion of Simplicity

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I don’t know about you, but these days I feel an overwhelming urge to get everything in order. I have a yearning to declutter so I can live the “Simplified Lifestyle” that feels like the ideal we’ve been invited to chase these strange days. So I chase.   As I continue to spend a great deal of time on my job and my people, I also declutter—moving from garage, to pantry, to bookshelves, to …

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Letting Go of My False Faces

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I wear a false face. Or, to be more specific, I often operate behind identities I’ve created for myself, ones that mask the true face Jesus Christ gave me. Confronting this has been challenging, but it’s also opened the door to reconciliation and restoration. The Spirit’s invitation to shed my false faces led me to John 4:6-29, the story of the woman at the well.  There’s much to be said about this Samaritan woman, living water, and …

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Listening for What’s Next

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As we live and give in God’s image, he often asks us to make uncertain pivots. For Ami Campbell and her family, one of those pivots led to Tanzania and becoming deeply involved with ministry there. She shared this story with Women Doing Well a few years ago and now returns to give us an update on the places, plans, and, yes, pivots God has been using to grow her faith.   What has your …