Author Archives: Ann Spangler

Imagine Having a Relationship with Your Enemy

Imagine Having a Relationship with Your Enemy

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13 John Paul Lederach has spent most of his life pursuing peace in some of the most troubled regions of the world — Somalia, Columbia, Nepal, and Northern Ireland, to name

Turbulent Peace: I Am With You Always

Peter and the other disciples were huddled together behind a door bolted hard against their fear. He wondered whether the religious leaders who had crucified Jesus two days earlier might soon be coming for him. But instead of the terror and despair that had filled him for the last two days, Peter felt a growing

Proverbs 29:25

Speak the Truth in Loving Confrontation

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. — Proverbs 29:25 Nathan loved David, the king of Israel. The proof of this love was in Nathan’s allegiance to the monarch and his sincere attempts to encourage the king, even to the point of affirming his ideas of

Immanuel, God With Us

The Name The name Immanuel appears twice in the Hebrew Scriptures and once in the New Testament. In Greek, it is rendered Emmanouel. One of the most comforting of all the names and titles of Jesus, it is literally translated with us is God or, as Matthew’s Gospel puts it, God with us. When our sins made it impossible

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