Spiritual Growth

What I’m Learning From Lent

I don’t know what your experience with Lent is like but Lent does not come easily to me. I was raised in a tradition where Lent was something those other people did. It was brushed aside as unnecessary. As a child, Lent was for kids who couldn’t eat chocolate or had to swear off TV for 40 days! I was glad to be well free of it. But as an adult...

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Waiting: A Passionate Pause
Waiting: A Passionate Pause

At age 12 years and 11 months our middle son, Clark, made his request. “Mom, I will be 13 soon and I’d really like a hamster for my birthday.” Then he waited silently, eyebrows peaked, brown eyes begging. “They’re so cute, Mom.” As the voice in my head screamed, “There will be no rodents living in my house!” I heard myself gently...

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Recognizing The Voice of God
Recognizing The Voice of God

When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives He speaks to us. But does that mean that every thought that runs through our heads is from God? Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty unusual things and we are to obey, but other times we may be hearing the voice of God’s enemy who wants to lead us away from God’s path. How do you know when a prompting...

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Holy Week Bible Reading Guide
Holy Week Bible Reading Guide

Easter is not a day - it is a season. This year begin your Easter preparation with Holy Week because without the crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection.  Had Christ not hung on the cross, taken on our sins, and then spent three days defeating Satan’s power, His rising again would not have been so meaningful. Starting on Sunday,...

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The Winter of My…
The Winter of My...

What does winter say to your heart? “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  ~Andrew Wyeth Winter is when... *bare branches stand out as scary stickmen. * blustery winds whip the last of...

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How To Study the Bible
How To Study the Bible

Jesus invites us to enjoy a deep relationship with Him. We nourish this relationship by spending time with Him, talking with Him and meditating on His word. This short guide offers a simple way of spending time with Jesus either as a group or individually.   To get the most out of your study time follow three steps: prepare, read and respond. Prepare....

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The Christmas Story
The Christmas Story

The Gospel according to Luke (Luke 2:1-20) About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's hometown,...

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Taking Your Thought Temperature
Taking Your Thought Temperature

What do you think about? What thoughts roll around in your head? Imagine if someone invented a thought thermometer. You could put it in your ear, press a button, and your thoughts would register somewhere between the boiling point and absolute zero. Would your thoughts ever have a healthy temperature of 98.6? We know negative thinking can make...

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