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While vulnerability with the wrong sorts of folks fosters feelings of inferiority and judgment, vulnerability with the right people brings trust, bolsters our feelings of love, and brings hope.

Welcoming Vulnerability

Welcoming Vulnerability

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9 A few months back I met some friends for impromptu burgers and fries, and in my attempt to let off some steam, I shared a bit more intimately than was appropriate for this particular group setting. I

Praying together has been a tradition since the beginning! Even though that looks a little bit different right now, we can still gather and enjoy the season, albeit in different ways. It’s a different season. It will change!

Fall Fellowship

They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. — Acts 2:42 Sadly, summer often rushes by in a blur. Family vacations (which are usually not as relaxing as we hope), summer camps, and swimming pools fill the days. There is a mad dash to get all

Living Loved

I can’t expect any other person to be my soul oxygen. I can’t live as if my next breath depends on whether or not they give me enough air for my lungs not to be screaming in pain. Because here’s the thing. People don’t mind doing CPR on a crisis victim, but no person is

What spiders do you still need to kill? You can only run for so long. Face them with Jesus! He is far more powerful than any lie over your life!

Weapons of War

Editor’s note: In Kill the Spider, Carlos Whittaker shares his story of pursuing God and healing at a spiritual retreat. * A few months after OnSite, my wife and I were on our way back from our fifteen-year wedding anniversary trip to Ireland. It was filled with lots of refreshment, but not a lot of

So Long Normal: What’s So Bad about Normal?

INTRODUCTION Leader, read this section aloud to the group: Have you ever tried to grab your breath on a cold morning? It may seem like an odd question, but it’s undoubtedly something we’ve all tried to do at some point in our lives. Catching our breath is like trying to maintain a sense of “normal.”

How has He used your strengths to draw you to your calling? And, how has God used your weaknesses to show you what needs to be redeemed in your life?

Embracing Our Calling

The Kingdom of God has come in person through the obedience of Jesus as He offered Himself as the perfect priest, prophet, and king. In turn, He entrusts and empowers us to live out a kingdom on earth as it exists and operates in Heaven. And I confer on you a kingdom, He said, just

For some of us, it might take more than a quiet nudge to get us to put down our tech. It might take a spiritual crowbar! But, what might we gain?

Turn Off the Tech

Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. — Galatians 1:10 ESV I started using Instagram on May 7, 2011, to be exact. Though many of my friends were

Escaping Emotional Incarceration

  In the United States, the dimensions of a typical prison cell are approximately six by eight feet, encased in steel or brick walls. One solid or barred door locks the cell from the exterior. Those condemned to life inside soon lose touch with the free world outside. Sadly, there’s another prison cell that holds

Shout to the Lord!

Shout to the Lord

1993 The Bible contains promises for every problem and a word of assurance for every need. When faced with anger or anxiety, we can always find a word from God to nudge us onward and upward — if only we’ll open His Book. That’s what Darlene Zschech did one dark day in 1993. Darlene was

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