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  • Pruning Is a Gift from God

    Pruning Is a Gift from God

    In John 15, Jesus uses a vine and its branches to teach us about spiritual growth. Our spiritual fruit is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,...

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  • God’s Gift of Rest under a Tiny Tree

    God’s Gift of Rest under a Tiny Tree

    For as long as I can remember, the word rest has never been in my vocabulary. As a child, my parents reported that I would constantly move and shift items around in my room, rearranging...

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  • How Marriage Is a Picture of Christ and the Church

    How Marriage Is a Picture of Christ and the Church

    This post was adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design. Read below to learn about how marriage reflects God’s design for the head and the helper, as discussed...

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  • Planting God's Word through Connection and Sharing

    Planting God's Word through Connection and Sharing

    This is an adapted excerpt from Connected to Christ: Witnessing in Everyday Life by Mark A. Wood.  There is so much to say about Jesus that it can be hard to find a place to start. But...

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  • Christina Hergenrader on Inspired by the Holy Spirit: Four Habits for Faithful Living2:49

    Christina Hergenrader on Inspired by the Holy Spirit: Four Habits for Faithful Living

    Discover the habits that create an inspired life in this new study by Christina Hergenrader. In four weeks, you'll learn about the four key habits to living in a way that's connected with God and one

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  • Understanding Worship: Service of the Sacrament

    Understanding Worship: Service of the Sacrament

    The Service of the Sacrament is the celebration of the Sacrament of the Altar. The Sacrament was instituted by Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. It is to be celebrated by all...

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  • Cultivating a Life of Abiding in God’s Word

    Cultivating a Life of Abiding in God’s Word

    A defining characteristic of mature disciples of Christ is that they abide in God’s Word in a variety of ways throughout life. This simple statement was the key focus of my last blog...

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  • What Captures Your Attention?

    What Captures Your Attention?

    We live in an older subdivision in the DC suburbs, and our house backs up to a wooded area. In the winter we can see other houses, but right now, I can sit on my back deck and see...

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  • Hate Destroys While Love Restores

    Hate Destroys While Love Restores

    Ann Landers once wrote, “Hatred is like an acid. It can do more damage to the vessel in which it is stored as well than to the object on which it is poured.”

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  • Jonathan and Christa Petzold on Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design2:26

    Jonathan and Christa Petzold on Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design

    The Bible says that God creates men and women in His own image—in His unique design! Have you ever wondered what this means for your life as a man or woman in Christ? Join the Petzolds as they help Ch

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  • Finding Hope in the Messy Middle of Life

    Finding Hope in the Messy Middle of Life

    This time last year, I had a notebook full of unruly notes and an awareness that the messes all around me weren’t all there is to life. I had zero idea on how to form my unruly notebook...

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  • A Little Grace Goes a Long Way

    A Little Grace Goes a Long Way

    This blog post is adapted from Inspired by the Holy Spirit: Four Habits for Faithful Living by Christina Hergenrader.  For the past few years, a popular T-shirt slogan has been,...

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  • What is God Calling Me to Do?

    What is God Calling Me to Do?

    This is an adapted excerpt from Walking Together: Simple Steps for Discipleship by Ted Doering.  What is God saying? This is a question about knowledge. What is God calling me to do?...

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  • Christ-Centered Gifts for New Beginnings

    Christ-Centered Gifts for New Beginnings

    Spring has finally arrived! That means warm days reading outside and bombarding my friends with book suggestions and bookish gifts. In my bookworm opinion, there’s nothing better than...

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  • Why Christians Need Fellowship

    Why Christians Need Fellowship

    Many of us—especially those of us up here in Minnesota—feel the drain the cold, long, and dark winter months have on our bodies and minds. We lack the vitamin D and the warmth the sun...

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  • Broke(n) and Restored

    Broke(n) and Restored

    The Japanese kintsugi cultural tradition is a wonderfully pure example of what a life in Christ is like. The art of kintsugi is practiced by only the most skilled artists in Japan....

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  • God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    This post is adapted from The Spirituality of the Cross, third edition, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

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  • Live Chat with author Lindsay Hausch on Take Heart: God's Comfort for Anxious Thoughts40:47

    Live Chat with author Lindsay Hausch on Take Heart: God's Comfort for Anxious Thoughts

    If you struggle with anxious thoughts, you are not alone. God meets us where we are, and His power is made perfect in weakness. Elizabeth Pittman talks about this with author Lindsay Hausch. To buy L

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  • Family | Lutheran Life Issue 121

    Family | Lutheran Life Issue 121

    Find out how to support a healthy, Christian family in this issue of Lutheran Life magazine. Celebrate the joys, trials, vocations, and differences of your unique, God-given family.

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  • Messy Feelings and God’s Design

    Messy Feelings and God’s Design

    This post is adapted from Finding Hope: From Brokenness to Restoration by Heidi Goehmann.

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