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New Books You’ll Love This Fall

It’s that time of year again and I couldn’t be happier about it! What was that movie line — “I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils”? Well, I would. Do you love Fall, too? It’s the season of back-to-basics, new school supplies, new books, and new beginnings. August is the perfect time

Uninvited: The Gifts of Rejection

Anything that infuses us with humility is good. Even if it feels a bit like humiliation in the moment, the workings of humility within are a gift. The tweaking of us by God in the quiet is the saving of us in public. The only difference between humility and humiliation is that one chose to

Born to Win

Our first birth destined us to lose because we were born into sin. But because of Jesus’ “nevertheless” decision, because he went to the cross to pay the price for our sin, we have been born again. You have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word

Establishing Boundaries With Yourself

Learning to be mature in self-boundaries is not easy. Many obstacles hinder our progress; however, God desires our maturity and self-control even more than we do. He’s on our team as an exhorter, encourager, and implorer (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12). One way to begin developing limits on out-of-control behavior is to apply a boundary checklist: 1. What are the symptoms?

Do What You Can With What You Have

Do what you can with what you have. Your job is to live well, embracing what you do know, what you can do, and who you can be — today. If you wait until you have enough information or ability, the perfect opportunity or circumstances, or exactly the right mood, mindset, or physical makeup, you’re

When Brokenness Becomes a Bridge

Bottom of the Barrel The phone rang one morning as I was rushing out the door to get to class. I almost let the machine take it, but as all my family live in Scotland and England, I never want to miss a chance to hear their voices. It was Marlene. “Sheila, I need you

Every Reason to Laugh

True to God’s word, Sarah had a baby boy, Isaac. Can you just see her in her traveling desert nursery? Layers of sheepskins overlapping, white and resplendent on a bed covered by a breezy gauze canopy. Sarah and Isaac lying together face-to-face, her aging lips kissing his plump ones, her sinewy fingers caressing his, fresh

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