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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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Lenten Interviews - Part 2

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Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you ...

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Team StrengTH

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I was ready. I knew I was ready. I had trained for months and I was about to do something I had never done before. I was about to qualify for the race of all races, the Boston Marathon. To qualify, I would need to run my best ever time and beat the mark of 3 hours and 15 minutes. Because of my ...

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Lenten Interviews - Part 1

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During the season of Lent, we will be posting interviews with fellow Christians about their own personal encounters with Jesus. Here is the first interview with two young ladies in our congregation. At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the ...

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Physics and the Gentleman

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Sixth Grade Science Mr. Rolfs was in his forties and of average height and weight. His hair always neatly cut and yet slightly overgrown. His mustache was full and bushy while the rest of his face was clean-shaven. His glasses were minimalistic, and for some reason, I imagined him always wearing ...

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Beautiful Inconveniences

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A few days ago, I was stopped at the corner of 38th and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, and I saw this man across the intersection in a shiny blue SUV crossover picking his nose- and I mean seriously digging - both nostrils with both fingers while holding a cell phone to his ear. Aside from not ...

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The Little Lie I Told

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Ok, here’s the deal. I published a blog post a few weeks ago in which I may have lied a little. It wasn’t really my intention. I just hadn’t developed my thoughts well enough. I was about twenty-five percent there. Most of my thoughts are half-baked these days, thanks to my ...

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My Heart Can't Hold It

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It was nearly midnight as I buried my face in my pillow and wept. My children were safely tucked in their beds and my husband was fast asleep next to me. By all accounts, I was perfectly comfortable, surrounded by warm covers and fluffy pillows. All was peaceful but for the turmoil in my heart ...

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Honest Prayer Isn't Perfect

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My nine-year-old daughter, Arielle, made a trade last year on the bus with her friend Noemi. It wasn’t much of a trade. Noemi gave her two boxes of Tagalongs, and Arielle gave her four hardened, stale Peeps.  “Arielle, I was getting ready to throw those Peeps away,” I ...

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Worship Projects

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I had a new baby and a new home (which was stylistically stuck in the early nineties). I had a flip phone with no texting and approximately 10 minutes of talk time per day. I had an antenna on my TV, and a large desktop computer with no internet connection. I was in a new town and I was lonely, ...

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