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Steps toward thriving

The good and beautiful life is always available to us. We may find ourselves in challenging and desperate situations. We may have moments when we can’t see through the tears. But God is for thriving. And he will make a way for you to experience life and joy … if you are willing....

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Who did the carrying?

How can both Nebuchadnezzar and the Lord Almighty carry the people off into exile? ...

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Back to Reality

Communities frequently have to rise to challenges. They rebuild. They restructure. They forgive. And these challenges leave a mark on the community … in some cases a scar, in others a callous, and in still others a pearl....

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In the Presence of Salvation

Something had changed in Zacchaeus....

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Meditative Reading

Jesus’ every word and phrase can ring in our ears....

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Better than you imagined

What do you expect God to do when he sees you?...

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A Creative Attempt

All sorts of things motivate people to seek Jesus: a longing for meaning, a desire for community, curiosity, financial interests, peer pressure … the list goes on and on....

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The Gift of Eternal Life

God desires to bless the entire cosmos with life. ...

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The Inclusive Love of God

God loving the world must have come as quite a shock to Nicodemus...

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The Weight of the Gift

God has given a big gift and, in some ways, taken a big risk, in the hope that we will believe and, in that belief, enter into his family and receive life....

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My sheep are your sheep

God offers us his committed loyalty and covenant faithfulness....

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Loved so much

There is something about knowing that you are loved that just feels good....

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The Rest of M's Story

Take some time today to read the dramatic conclusion of Mephibosheth’s story. Commentators disagree as to what happens with him here....

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We're not worthy

The Lord’s way of lifting us out of our shame isn’t to create a fiction in which we have nothing of which to be ashamed....

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Structural and Personal

When we walk in step with his Spirit, we find ourselves drawn toward holistic engagement with people in need....

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The Kindness of God

When you think about God, do you think of him as kind?...

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Overflowing Kindness

Faithfulness to the Lord overflows into kindness toward others. ...

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Enabling Courage

God can make you brave...

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A Dose of Perspective

You don’t have to be muscular to be strong. You don’t have to be intimidating to be influential. The Lord can do mighty things in and through you if you’re willing to let him guide you in the use of your voice....

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Responding to Disrespect

What do you do when you’re disrespected?...

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Shadows of the past

David found himself in the in-between part of his story: anointed but not yet ascended to the throne. And those in-between places can be so challenging....

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Disorienting Change

Change and loss can be disorienting to us. We can struggle and veer out of control. These are the times when we most need friends. These are the times when we most need God....

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