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Silence, Conflict and Joy

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  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV) I had enjoyed a closeness with the God of the Universe for most of my life, but lately, I just ...

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Wading Out

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It’s spring of 2013, and I'm at a small conference in the middle of nowhere, Indiana. There are about thirty people in a room, seated at round tables. The leaders of the conference are some of the leaders of our very small church organization - three men, one woman, all from Oxford, ...

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River of God

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In spite of growing up in land-locked Indiana, I have always been drawn to the water. I love to hear the rain fall on the roof or listen to the gentle splash of a water fountain. I have beautiful memories of waterfalls in Portland and Puerto Rico as well as the awe-inspiring views of the Pacific ...

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The Helper

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  I spent last Sunday morning teaching a small group of fourth and fifth graders at church. This is a fun age to teach because they are old enough to have great conversations with and yet still (kind of) young enough we can joke around with each other. Our lesson that day was on Faith vs. ...

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River of Tears

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I was living in rural Montana when the Holy Spirit first touched me in a real way. Growing up, I did not have emotional experiences in church. Church was like being in the center of a flower press — gradually being made thinner by traditions I didn’t understand and roles that ...

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Into the River

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“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.” Psalm 46:4 “Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38 How Deep Will I Go? The Scriptures about who the ...

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Lenten Interviews - Part 6

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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” -James 1:27 Ali Gerber Tell us your name, age, and current background (job, family, school, etc?) I’m ...

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Lenten Interviews - Part 5

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Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 Marty Read Tell us your name, age, and current background (job, family, school, etc?) Marty Read, 63. I am a wife, mom, and grandma. I’m a ...

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Lenten Interviews - Part 4

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Bryan Alexander Tell us your name, age, and current background (job, family, school, etc?) Bryan Alexander, 51, remodeling contractor, married 27 years to my amazing wife, Amy. We have five kids: four adopted, one biological, ages 17, 15, 15, 12 and 4. When did Jesus become real to you? Tell us ...

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Lenten Interviews - Part 3

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Laneia Tho...

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