why the church will make you win in life

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“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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why God’s Kingdom isn’t a day at the fair with balloons and soda pop

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I sat in the common area of an ancient stone cabin turned bed and breakfast. Like a scene from one of my favorite books, Wuthering Heights, the day was complete with hazy skies and blustery winds. Mr. Fantastic and I were there to rest for a minute or two. For four years we have labored past exhaustion to help build a church and our family simultaneously. We have shouted faith into the fearful places of…

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when God places mountains before us

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At some ragged point in time, in the midst of toddlers and drama, these words once flowed out of my mouth and into the fabric of our family, “It isn’t hard to obey, it’s just hard to choose to obey.” I have said them again many, many time. And their truth always shines a light on my own soul whenever I say them. Because washing your hands after playing in the dirt isn’t hard, but…

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how eyeliner and a vacuum can build God’s Kingdom

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The week began with a text message from the ladies who clean my house: “We are sick and we won’t be able to come this week. So sorry!” I felt badly for them, but I also felt overwhelmed by this not-so-stellar news. So I prayed some really selfish prayers for them to be healed and show up as planned. I didn’t hear from them again. Our schedule was already packed with things like homeschool, assembling…

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the discipline of love

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Many times I have wondered if we are making any strides at all. There seems to always be at least one very unhappy, or angry, or stinky-faced person around here. These giant children all seemed so innocent when they were brand-new, fresh from the hand of God. Then came the…

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