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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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being God’s storytellers: prayers that can make you strong

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When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what…

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wonder woman & jesus & all of us

By | courage, faith, lessons in life, love, women | 2 Comments

Last week I sat in a quintessentially Austin burrito place with two of my friends and I told them about the movie Wonder Woman. “I cried when she fought her way across no man’s land. All I could think was, ‘I want to be that!!’” I said. “I read about this,” my friend said. “It’s happening to women all over the nation!” And she was right. There have been articles in the LA Times, USA…

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god’s dream for us is revolution

By | article, choosing, diversity, dreams, faith, family, forgiveness, friendship, God, grace, problems | 2 Comments

“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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my window prayer for belonging

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“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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how we find our way when we can’t see a thing

By | faith, fear, God | No Comments

We sit at our usual table, with our books and our discussion questions and our coffee in our hands. Cookies wait on a happy plate of sweet friendship to share as we discuss our week’s reading. I read a passage from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, then ask a question of my own: “Faith is in the gaze of the soul. Faith is the seeing soul’s eyes upon a saving God, the saving God…

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how god mingles his holiness with our humanity

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First today, I have some quotes that make me want to jump up right there where you are and make a run for Jesus all around the room: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” —Augustine, Confessions “If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of…

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winning the trust (and hearts!) of our children

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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10 Last night we walked home from the park as a family, and one of my kids stayed close by…

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Glimpses of Glory From Our Trip to South Africa

By | faith, God, God's presence, hope, lessons in life, ministry, problems, Suffering | 4 Comments

Morgan and I went to a ministry conference in South Africa last week. I am still sleeping when I‘m supposed to be awake and awake when I’m supposed to be asleep, so forgive me if this post has a stream of consciousness that only a two year old would find acceptable. I am so tired that I have basically become a two year-old: I can’t nap even though I’m exhausted, all I want to eat…

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waiting, salvation, and the beauty of blooming late in life

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On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the…

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