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Unplugging From Distractions

As a high school leader, I am constantly hearing stories of where God is on the move. He is transforming young men and women in their own unique way to be shaped into people that look more like Jesus. I would like to share a recent story as an encouragement to our church. One of…

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God Is Working!

When the quarantine started, I prayed and asked God how He would have me serve. One thing I was prompted to do was start a Zoom prayer meeting for the staff at my school (I am a teacher). Even though school ended, we are still meeting every week for prayer. It has now evolved into…

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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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