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Lord Come Quickly

Posted by Stephen Kenney on

  Maranatha. The word rolls off our tongues easily––Lord come quickly––but its implications might give us pause.  Do I really want the Lord to come quickly?  Perhaps even tonight? When all is right with my life, I confess I do not always crave the final...

First Step: Prayer

Posted by Scott Morris on

A few weeks ago, three of my friends came to the same conclusion: that I should join them in efforts to bring more people to Christ. They were challenging me to share the gospel more, but I felt more pushed than called. Even when I know something is for the best, I don’t naturally yield...

Broken Expectations

Posted by April Bumgardner on

  Expectations can get you into trouble. At the very least they can unsettle and dissatisfy you. As a young mother my impatience grew directly out of fixed expectations that didn't always pan out.  My three-month-old was colicky and would not allow me to rest. As he grew older, I was...

Magnificent Defeat

Posted by Dale Robinson on

“What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, would scarcely fill a cup.” –– Frederick Buechner “How long has it been since your son’s death?” I asked Jack Jacobs.  “One month and nineteen...

"The Loving Rite"

Posted by April Bumgardner on

Regardless of the Christian tradition from which you originate, we have all inherited a beautiful gift full of meaningful symbolism. Some Christians prefer to shy away from terms like sacraments, ordinances or even traditions and yet what we practice communally in the form of food and drink is...

The Sacred Pause

Posted by Scott Morris on

When life is all a roaring wind and a blur of passing moments propelled by crisis or obligation, stop for a few moments to rest and think. When every activity of life is a race or a desperate contest of will, wait and see where you stand, whether you really need to move so fast or not. Devote...