the heart needs time to heal

Your heart was not designed to be constantly beaten up without having time to recover and heal. Even if you are in a season of life where you are facing an endless succession of difficulties—indeed, especially if you are in one of those seasons—you must find ways to let your heart regroup, slow down, and […]

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Taken blessed broken given

During the Last Supper, in Matthew 26, the Scripture says that, “Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples” (Matthew 26:26, ESV). Traditionally in our Eucharist services the bread elements are broken. Although in larger groups the bread might be pre-cut or the participants might use small wafers […]

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Which you is the real you?

In a recent driving experience, I was confronted by the conflict between the honest, authentic me and the me that I am trying to become. I was sitting in gridlocked, Los Angeles traffic when the driver beside me erupted in a fit of aggressive road rage. He began yelling, gesturing, and cursing the stopped drivers […]

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Acting how you want to feel–fake or faith?

Don’t you hate interacting with people who present themselves as sincere but you can tell that they really aren’t? It’s kind of a bummer to relate with fake, phony people. Sometimes people act loving when they’re not, and it is both shallow and annoying. On the other hand, sometimes people act loving when they’re trying […]

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Weary yet pursuing

“So where you on the Richter scale, babe? How are you on a scale of 1 to 10?” Jessica asked me this question the other day, and it wasn’t nearly as easy to answer as it might initially sound. I had to answer it on multiple levels. I had to answer it practically. Practically, experientially, […]

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