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Permission to Mourn Your Losses

Loss is arguably humanity’s most universal experience. Every person on the planet will inevitably face loss in many forms: death, heartbreak, tragedy, trial, transition, surrender. When facing loss of any kind, it is appropriate and healthy to mourn. Mourning can be a part of any life transition—it helps us to let go of one thing in order [...]

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A Letter to Brennan Manning

Dear Brennan, May I call you, Brennan? I know that it’s familiar to call you by your first name, but I feel like I know you. In fact, I do know you. I met you one early morning on my college campus when my friend and I offered to carry your luggage to the car [...]

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Did You Have a Naked Easter?

  When you think of Easter, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it's children in perfect, colorful ensembles. Do you have an Easter weekend routine? Is your time filled to the brim with child fashion shows, coloring eggs, receiving or giving gifts, and kids hunting for candy? Growing up, my Easter morning often followed a pattern of gifts, candy, church, [...]

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A Fulfilled Life: The Married Perspective

  As a teenager, I was desperate for male attention and acceptance. Girls were jealous of the ease with which I could approach guys and build friendships. But really it was a compulsion for me. I had to be social, to be liked by everyone, to have friends in every circle. There was a hole somewhere inside me that [...]

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Is Confession a Concept or a Reality?

  “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” – James 5:16 Confession and prayer leads to healing: A simple yet profound truth. But how many of us actually believe it and live it out in our lives? Why is it so difficult for many of us [...]

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God’s Heart for His Church

The radio in my 2001 Toyota Echo drains my car battery so I have taken to praying in silence on my 20-minute commute to and from work. This morning, during this very routine, God allowed me a glimpse of his heart for humanity. And his heart is broken. In a brief moment of clarity, I saw God's [...]

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What To Do When Christians Give Christ a Bad Name

  Do you ever feel like there are some Christians who give Christians a bad name? Or maybe you get fired up because you see Christians everyday who are giving Christ a bad name? Either way, you have noticed the inconsistencies between the life Jesus lived and the lives his followers are leading today. There are [...]

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What Are Your Resolutions in 2013?

Are you one of those resolution-makers? Maybe you are one of those people who, like me, puts her friends on the spot 2 minutes before the New Year asking them to state their resolution? I am often met by aggravated sighs and clear resistance to the idea of resolutions. I am not sure why. Is [...]