But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:36

Man Cannot Live on Spiritual McNuggets Alone

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You have probably heard that the Bible is the number one best selling book of all time.  But did you know that it’s the number one best seller every single year?  There is no shortage of Bibles in the land.  In fact, we are inundated with them.  

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  image  I’m heartsick about some news that I just heard about my current hometown.  According to a county human services worker, the suicide...

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I was reminded this weekend of the goodness of having a few dear friends who are a few years older than me—women who have walked a season before I got there.  On Saturday I was briefly reunited with a friend who I served with in Japan about 13 years ago.  She lived a plane flight...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:05

Whatever is True - Think About These Things

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I have a child who worries as often as the sun rises.  She naturally thinks through the worst case scenario every single day.  Just recently she said, “Mom, what if you and dad both die and we go to our aunt and uncle’s and then they die?  What will happen to us? ...

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Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God is a book I return to often and one that I eagerly recommend to other women when they ask for nourishing book ideas.  The...

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I was out to dinner with some girlfriends when the phone calls started coming in.  It was the Friday night before Father’s Day.  My dad had a severe fever and accelerated heart rate.  They thought he had pneumonia.  The shift nurse at his nursing home asked me what I...

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Sunday, 09 July 2017 16:50

Do You Regret Having Children?

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A recent article in the New York Post highlights a Facebook group entitled "I Regret Having Children."  The online group is a place for...

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We’ve reached the end of the 27th week of 2017, meaning this year is more than halfway over.  On January 1st I encouraged readers to embark on a yearlong Bible reading plan.  I did so myself and, in all honesty, I have had both good days and bad sticking to the plan. 

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Have you registered your child for summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) yet?  If you have ever driven by a church marquee in North America you know that VBS promises to be a jam-packed, fun-filled week for the young attendees.  A saturating theme is the hallmark of VBS nowadays—VBS...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 01:30

Spiritual Growth Comes From Community

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Something has dawned on me in the last couple weeks.  And honestly, this realization could be perceived in two ways: a gift or an embarrassment.  Here it is: my spiritual growth over the last 18 years is mostly due to the accountability I have had in the local church rather than my own...

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In lieu of Book Review Wednesday I want to share the Apologia meeting we had last night.  Apologia is a tradition from our church in...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:58

Book Review - Visual Theology

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My daughters and I read Visual Theology by Tim Challies and Josh Byers in our Spiritual Formation class for homeschool during the 2016-2017 school year.  As is our custom each school day morning, we read scripture, a theology book, and a prayer guide as we pray for the nations.  The...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:35

Empathy, Hidden Figures, and Philando Castile

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You know that scene in Hidden Figureswhen Katherine Johnson answers her superior’s question about where she goes for 40 minutes a day?  He’s upset because she’s always gone when he needs her.  She responds and he’s dumbfounded: she has to run across NASA’s...

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I listened to the audio version of “Keeping Place” while I painted the kids’ bathroom in our home in Parker, Colorado.  Parker—the town that has been my reluctant home twice now.  But I’m warming up to it, as the Lord has been so faithful and gracious to us...

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Absentmindedly I stirred my coffee.  My brain was trying to make sense of the story I was hearing.  Two Christian workers who live in southern Europe sat across from my husband and me and told us about Nelly.  My eyes went from theirs to the window.  As a writer, I wondered who...

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  imageMom, please, pleeaase can we hike all the way to the top?”  

“I’m not sure that’s a good idea.  Look at...

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Here are two nourishing books for any woman—both written by Jen Wilkin.  They are books that will actually help the reader dig in and digest the Word of God for themselves.  I recommend them for women of any age, but can see a special usefulness in moms and daughters reading them...

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If you’re planning on attending a women’s event this summer, I want to help you make a wise choice.  With kids, careers, and myriad other things waiting at home, you and I cannot sacrifice an entire weekend to a bad conference.  So what should we look for when rallying our...

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#WorldChanger is everywhere.  Whether it’s heard at a preschool graduation, emblazoned on throw pillows, or printed on conference t-shirts, our society proclaims to us that we can all be world changers.  This idea, which has subtly saturated our culture and our churches, is...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 08:23

Three Ways to Pray for Manchester Today

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Pioneers in Europe has several teammates ministering in Manchester—not far from the arena where 22 died Monday night, the victims of a terrorist attack carried out as fans were exiting an Ariana Grande concert.  The attack, which claimed the lives of many young people, has put...

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Last month my family traveled to and around Hungary, Czech Republic, and Germany.  We traveled with ease via airplanes and cars, never worrying at borders or immigration or wondering where we would sleep each night.  Armed with American passports, cash, and credit cards, as well as...

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:18

Book Review - The Waiting

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I love a good memoir.  There are few pleasures sweeter than curling up on the couch with someone’s story.  I treasure seeing life through someone else’s eyes and I feel there is no better way to learn about history and culture and the human experience than reading a...

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“How soon can you guys get here?” I texted my friend and future church planting teammate on one particularly dark day in the Czech Republic.  I continued, “We’re fine.  Just hurry out here.  I’m feeling especially isolated and know that your nearby...

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“I don't know, Jen, are we even ‘doing’ anything there?  Or is it just a thing to…feel like we are doing something?”  My dear friend emailed me those words last week.  Our two families have been going each week to the apartment of a newly arrived...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:12

Book Review - Alive in Him by Gloria Furman

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I knew I was going to love Gloria Furman’s book, Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything,when I read her words in the introduction, “Studying Ephesians…is not about making people aware of their blessings for the sake of self-esteem; it’s...

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