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Jesus In A Box

VBS, three simple letters, yet for many people when they hear them uttered it immediately conjures up images of days filled with over-the-top skits, music, games, Bible stories and snacks. I cannot tell you how many people have shared with us over the years that they came to know Jesus at a VBS. Even in…

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When Not Singing Is Worship

We were leaving a morning chapel at Biola when my friend Daniel asked, “What do you think that line from the worship song we just sang meant?” He was referring to the song I Am Set Free and the climactic line, “It is for freedom that I am set free.” Daniel was right — it’s…

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Ramblings Of A Child Of God: 1 John 3

We carry many titles in our lifetime. You may be a husband or wife. Some people call you dad or mom. Depending on your work in life you are tagged with an occupational title. Maybe you are identified by your recreational activity. Are you a runner, a quilter, a foodie or a fan of a…

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Minecraft, Rubik’s Cubes, And Endgame Theories

When our strongest connections are with our WiFi routers, finding meaningful relationships seems impossible. When the 5th and 6th Grade Ministry had to stop meeting in person, we immediately opted for Zoom hangouts. I started hosting a hangout with the guys each Tuesday at lunch. I never knew who or how many would show up….

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What Keeps You Up At Night?

Last Friday night, the Women’s Ministry gathered over Zoom to pray and we pondered that question. What keeps you up at night? World events, anxious thoughts, health concerns, issues of justice, family problems — they tend to mess with our sleep and with our peace. In this season of chronic information overload, it was beautiful…

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The Beauty of Body Life

A member of our church passed away a month or so ago. It caused me to think how proud I am of our church body, who supported her over the decades and became her family. “Betty” (not her real name) was divorced by her husband many years ago, she had trouble keeping a low-wage job…

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CAR-nival Fun!

Something we’ve been hearing from students in our ministries a bit recently is how disappointing the transition from the school year to summer has been during this season of quarantine. Summer for them usually holds the promise of freedom, joy, laughter, fun and newness. However, much of those things that held hope in summertime are…

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A Lament For George Floyd And Our World

Lamenting is a beautiful thing. There is something so transformative and freeing to be able to honestly and humbly come to God and say “I don’t get this. This hurts. Why is there so much pain in the world?” God is a loving and relational God who welcomes our pain. He welcomes our questions and…

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Writing To Remember

I’m a word person, but I’ve never been a good journal-er. It feels so formal and final to write with a pen in a journal. It leaves no room for me to mull and play with words and re-write, which is more my preferred style. In fact, the only times I’ve journaled daily have been…

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One Simple Call, One Amazing Encounter!

Beverly is an 88-year-old woman who has lived in Fullerton for many years. I have lived in Fullerton my entire life. Beverly and I do not live too far from one another yet I would never have known her except through the Senior Buddy program at Fullerton Free. I have a new friend in Beverly….

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