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The Choice is Ours: Believe the Old or Be the New

The Choice is Ours: Believe the Old or Be the New

Behold, I am making all things new. – Revelation 21:5 The resurrection affects everything. When Jesus rose from the dead to defeat sin, death, and evil, he overcame everything affected by the fall. Jesus is the first of a kind, not only a new kind of person but a new creation: Then I saw a

Becoming Like Christ in Patience and Compassion

We urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. — 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Jesus acted with great compassion toward many people. With the masses of people, Jesus showed great love and concern. Even at those times when He went away for

Our Very Own “Get Out Of Jail Free” Card

It was a totally normal Sunday. There I was, loitering in the church foyer between worship services, daydreaming about where to go for lunch and how many extra miles I’d have to run if I ate the carbohydrates I was craving, when a woman with flyaway brown hair rushed up beside me. She grabbed my

Staying in Love: Love One Another

The word “love” is overused in today’s society. We express love for anything from the perfect shoes to pepperoni pizza. When the object of our affection wears out, then we move on to something new. This kind of love comes and goes. It moves from object to object, concept to new idea. Loving another person

Abandonment: You Can Thrive Again

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Alicia remembers standing on the wooden porch steps the day her mother told her she was going to visit a sick neighbor. The truth was, there wasn’t a sick neighbor, only a boyfriend with an expensive car and

The Sacred Ache: No Tear Forgotten

In the midst of our pain and grief — and especially at the front end — we may imagine God has abandoned us, forgotten us, dismissed us, or simply ignored us. We’re not the first occupants of this broken planet to feel this way, nor will we be the last. Even a quick stroll through

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