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  • Gratitude When Gratefulness Won't Come

    Gratitude When Gratefulness Won't Come

    This time of year, you don’t have to walk too far into a store to find a plaque or pillow for sale with one of these words on it: grateful thankful thanksgiving gratitude.

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  • Praying with a Thankful Spirit

    Praying with a Thankful Spirit

    In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom relates an incident that taught her always to be thankful. She and her sister, Betsy, had just been transferred to the worst Nazi prison...

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  • The (Hidden) Blessing of Quarantine

    The (Hidden) Blessing of Quarantine

    I am what my friends have deemed an ambivert: a perfect 50/50 split between an introvert and an extrovert. This was confirmed with a personality test, as my friends became obsessed with...

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  • Living with Grief | Preview the Free Course with Pastor Kristian Kincaid1:38

    Living with Grief | Preview the Free Course with Pastor Kristian Kincaid

    Pastor Kristian Kincaid knows about grief. He has experienced being at the lowest point of grief and knows how Christ reaches out continuously for you to take His hands. After mourning the substantial

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  • The Lord Is at Hand

    The Lord Is at Hand

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer...

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  • Four Bible Verses on the Gift of Forgiveness

    Four Bible Verses on the Gift of Forgiveness

    Have you ever fully thought about God’s forgiveness? About what it means that He has forgiven us? I’m not good at forgiveness. I hold grudges. I say I forgive but then I don’t forget....

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  • Embracing a “No Fear” Attitude

    Embracing a “No Fear” Attitude

    Maybe you’ve seen some version of this saying: Courage is not the absence of fear, but being afraid and doing it anyway. My quick internet search shows that Google doesn’t quite know...

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  • Homeward Bound

    Homeward Bound

    There is a glossy sheet of paper adorned with the face of a young man, which I keep in my car at all times. I like to pull it out and look at it as I am driving home. It makes me feel...

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  • Three Ways to Serve Christ by Loving Your Family

    Three Ways to Serve Christ by Loving Your Family

    Remember when we all hoped that we’d be able to go back to “normal” by Memorial Day? Now Labor Day has come and gone, Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and we’re all still at home. Some...

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  • Engaging Authentically with One Another in Christian Community

    Engaging Authentically with One Another in Christian Community

    This post is an excerpt adapted from Holding Up the Prophet's Hands: Supporting Church Workers by Bruce M. Hartung.  What would happen if a congregation encouraged its members to...

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  • 5 Political-Season Reminders from the Book of Daniel

    5 Political-Season Reminders from the Book of Daniel

    There’s no question that this has been one of the most contentious political seasons in memory. Since the primaries ended, the low favorability of both candidates has been a...

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  • Politics in the Pulpit?

    Politics in the Pulpit?

    One of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor in the United States in the twenty-first century is the deep division of the nation along political lines. Based on research from a...

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  • A Secure and Constant Hope

    A Secure and Constant Hope

    Our hope is not in our circumstances.  It’s something I need to be reminded of regularly. Especially during times that are not routine or are unexpected, or when it becomes apparent...

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  • Developing a Circle of Trust

    Developing a Circle of Trust

    In previous posts, I have approached the concept of race relations from a theoretical point of view. However, in this post, I want to give you some practical ideas to help make the task...

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  • Just for Decoration

    Just for Decoration

    Special thanks to the ministries of St. Lucas Lutheran Early Childhood Center and Word of Life Lutheran School in St. Louis, Missouri, for taking the time to educate my children and...

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  • Jesus Is With You in Your Worry

    Jesus Is With You in Your Worry

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).  Maybe you hear this as a new Law at...

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  • Challenging More: You Don't Know Everything (and That's Okay)

    Challenging More: You Don't Know Everything (and That's Okay)

    The idea that each individual person has to know everything can set some on edge. How are you meant to know everything in the short lifespan that you have? In his new book, Meant for...

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  • The Art of Listening and Speaking

    The Art of Listening and Speaking

    This post is an adapted excerpt from Speaking Boldly: Sharing God's Word Every Day by Edward O. Grimenstein. We Christians must always be willing to take the time to listen to one...

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  • When You Get What You Prayed For

    When You Get What You Prayed For

    In college, I used to (only semi-jokingly) ask God to send me a tall, blonde, Jesus-loving, soccer-playing, European boyfriend. A few weeks ago, I married a tall, blonde pastor who...

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  • A Sea of Broken Dreams

    A Sea of Broken Dreams

    “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.” Isaiah 65:19 As I look at the landscape in our...

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