Are we actually protected?

Are we actually protected when we put our trust in God? One of the promises that Christianity asserts is that when a person places his or her trust in God, God will watch over them and protect them. God will be their defender and their fortress against life’s storms. This protective language shows up all […]

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The Happy Warrior

Are you a Happy Warrior? After all that you have experienced in your personal and professional life, and amid the fears and uncertainties of our present world, is there still music in your heart and fire in your bones as you engage in your calling and vocation? In John 14, Jesus modeled the heart and […]

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What was Lucy’s potion made of?

In C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children receive gifts from Father Christmas in Narnia: Peter gets a sword and shield, Susan gets a bow, arrows, and a horn that summons help whenever it is blown, and Lucy gets a dagger and a small, diamond vial filled with a […]

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Blessed are the overlooked

“Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they who doubt. Blessed are those who have nothing to offer. Blessed are the preschoolers, who cut in line at communion. Blessed are the poor in spirit. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.   Blessed are those whom no else notices. The kids who sit alone at […]

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Naked Verbs

Sometimes verbs are more powerful without all of their accompanying grammatical clothing. Consider these naked verbs from the 147th psalm. In describing God’s activities in their most stripped down forms, the psalmist says that God: Builds up Gathers Heals (the brokenhearted) Binds up (wounds) Determines Calls (by name) Sustains Casts down (wickedness) Covers Supplies Provides […]

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