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Bible Questions / Study / A Better Me
« on: January 19, 2020, 11:35:18 AM »
A Better Me

I get defensive more than I’d like to admit. I look at my flaws and can’t imagine someone would love me. But people who love me don’t shield me from the ways I need to evolve.


Source: A Better Me

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Bible Questions / Study / On Not Knowing
« on: January 19, 2020, 05:08:30 AM »
On Not Knowing

To be faced with something we don’t know can feel quite shameful. For a lot of us, especially in some circles, not knowing can feel like a crime. Rather than risk it, we nod knowingly.


Source: On Not Knowing

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Bible Questions / Study / Good Morning
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:00:24 AM »
Good Morning

Joy comes when we understand that desperate times cannot prevent the fulfillment of God’s promise in our lives. Even in the night, God is moving us toward better days.


Source: Good Morning

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Bible Questions / Study / Hand and Foot
« on: January 17, 2020, 05:04:44 AM »
Hand and Foot

Be grateful if you’ve been on the receiving end of selflessness, but don’t regard the service of others as their duty and your right.


Source: Hand and Foot

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Bible Questions / Study / Welcoming Questions
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:00:19 AM »
Welcoming Questions

Things seem so hard right now. Disturbance drives us deep, below the rocks, into our cores. We can welcome disturbance as something pregnant with good.


Source: Welcoming Questions

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Bible Questions / Study / Bruised, Broken, Smoldering, Snuffed Out
« on: January 15, 2020, 05:01:38 AM »
Bruised, Broken, Smoldering, Snuffed Out

Headlines full of over-the-top violent imagery agitate our inflamed emotions and rub the raw places in our spirits. Be mindful of where they lead, and remember Who you follow.


Source: Bruised, Broken, Smoldering, Snuffed Out

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Bible Questions / Study / Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
« on: January 14, 2020, 05:04:07 AM »
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

We sometimes live in a full-sun spirituality that can make our eyes ache. We need the respite of night, the salvific hibernation of a rainy winter day, the relief of tears.


Source: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

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Bible Questions / Study / Password Power
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:05:29 AM »
Password Power

Blessed, indeed, are the people who’ve wised up to only having to know one password. That one password relieves the pressure of thinking they can do it on their own.


Source: Password Power

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Bible Questions / Study / Watch Your Mouth
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:08:11 AM »
Watch Your Mouth

I’m not too worried about the kind of bad words my child knows. What I want her to learn is the power of words to build up a person—and the power of words to tear down.


Source: Watch Your Mouth

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Bible Questions / Study / Even Spots Can Be Changed
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:11:53 AM »
Even Spots Can Be Changed

A leopard can’t change its spots, some say. But humans are not leopards, and hearts are not spots. We all lose when we refuse to acknowledge the holy transformation of others.


Source: Even Spots Can Be Changed

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Bible Questions / Study / Apocalypse Not Now
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:06:03 AM »
Apocalypse Not Now

There is a sense that time is winding up; it’s certain we can’t go on long this way. Paul’s words send me out to live in such a way that all creation will have a few more laps to run.


Source: Apocalypse Not Now

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Bible Questions / Study / Skate Expectations
« on: January 09, 2020, 11:05:30 AM »
Skate Expectations

I love ice skating, by which I mean, I love watching other people ice skate on a screen from my couch. So much of what people do in life is much harder than it looks.


Source: Skate Expectations

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Bible Questions / Study / Far More
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:05:13 AM »
Far More

Maybe you have a set of New Year’s resolutions that are beginning to seem more a burden than a blessing. Here’s good news. It’s not all on you, not all up to you. God is able.


Source: Far More

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Bible Questions / Study / Gifts Given
« on: January 07, 2020, 05:00:41 AM »
Gifts Given

That new, shiny thing? We can delight in it for a time, but it will lose its luster. And then we look for the next hit. God calls us to shape our lives around greater gifts.


Source: Gifts Given

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Bible Questions / Study / Epiphany
« on: January 06, 2020, 05:08:22 AM »
Epiphany

The answer is in the sky, not in more effort or more determination or more willpower. Look up, not around. Look deep, not shallow. Look long, not short. Signs are calling your name.


Source: Epiphany

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Former LGBTQers Testify: If You No Longer Want to Be Gay or Transgender, You Don't Have to Be

Former LGBTQers Testify: If You No Longer Want to Be Gay or Transgender, You Don't Have to Be
Source: Former LGBTQers Testify: If You No Longer Want to Be Gay or Transgender, You Don't Have to Be

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Bible Questions / Study / Worthy Is the Leader
« on: January 05, 2020, 05:02:34 AM »
Worthy Is the Leader

The rule of law is not oppressive if that rule is grounded in God’s love for all: advocating for the poor, supporting the weak, taking a stand against destructive violence.


Source: Worthy Is the Leader

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Bible Questions / Study / Merry Christmas!
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:02:09 AM »
Merry Christmas!

I hope your eggnog hasn’t soured, that you haven’t recycled the tree and moved on to other things. I hope you’re still in Christmas. I hope Christmas is still in you.


Source: Merry Christmas!

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Bible Questions / Study / From the Farthest Parts of the Earth
« on: January 03, 2020, 05:06:27 AM »
From the Farthest Parts of the Earth

Our church is filled at this time of year with processionals of children as angels, shepherds, and magi. The world, too, is full of processions as refugees seek new life and hope.


Source: From the Farthest Parts of the Earth

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Bible Questions / Study / Eight Days In
« on: January 02, 2020, 05:07:42 AM »
Eight Days In

A little more than a week after Jesus’ birth, Mary is starting to realize how much work this is really going to take. Are you?


Source: Eight Days In

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