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Yearning for Fluency in Prayer

Yearning for Fluency in Prayer

Even when prayer seems a duty, like a homework assignment, we sustain the hope that it could grow into something more. A hidden treasure lies inside, if only we can quarry it. A new country awaits us, if only we can find the language in which to converse. We babble like infants, yearning for fluency.

The Power of Your Story

Bible Study of the Week Welcome to The Power of Your Story. This study is designed to explore the Christian life through the lens of story. Each of the seven sessions is oriented around a classic element in screenwriting. If you enjoy watching movies, you’ll love considering your own life through the same storytelling principles. By engaging the biblical narrative

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The Power of an Example

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. — Philippians 3:17 One of the reasons God may have chosen Paul to write most of the New Testament is that he wanted us to know him well. The Holy Spirit may have

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Passionate Mom, Purposeful Mom

The passionate mom must also be a purposeful mom. Passion + Purpose = Plan These three bricks—passion, purpose, and planning—have a special relationship that can make or break a wall. And, of course, it all starts with passion. Without passion you won’t have the drive to develop a purpose, and if you don’t ever find

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Boss Your Taste Buds Around

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. — Romans 8:5 Thought for the Day: “Taste buds, you aren’t the boss of me!” Whatever my physical struggle, I can’t believe the lie

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What Makes a Great Dad

I recently asked my kids during our home school morning to write about what makes a great dad. As I read my son’s response, I was reminded that kids aren’t looking for someone with perfect character. They aren’t looking for a dad who is amazing at sports. They aren’t even looking for someone to buy

Stand Firm in the Faith

Embrace Courageous Choices

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. — 1 Corinthians 16:13 Thought for the Day: Making a courageous choice means walking on the path of discipline in the area of our food choices. It’s coming to the realization that changes need to be made — and making those changes in the quietness

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Honor Your Father with a Scrapbook

We often hear people say “Honor Your Father and Mother”, but what does that truly look like lived out on a daily basis? It’s important that our children’s father feel honored, loved and respected each day of the year. We naturally, however, think of doing something extra special for fathers in June. A precious gift

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