Hope floats

If you are living through a particularly difficult time, there is a steadying passage of Scripture for you in Romans 5:3-5 that reveals a potent insight into what God does in our lives during tough times. The passage begins with the Apostle Paul counterintuitively stating that “we also glory in our sufferings.” It is a […]

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Faith or doubt (or both)?

Throughout the psalms, King David often expressed seemingly contrasting sentiments of faith and doubt. Sometimes David proclaimed an unshakable assurance that God heard his prayers and would indeed work powerfully on his behalf, but at other times he retracted those statements, uttering more despairing notes of discouragement or fear. Sometimes David knew that God would […]

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Everything gets weird after forty days

If you have recently faced any prolonged seasons of testing, challenge, spiritual battle, or temptation, I want to encourage you (and maybe even help save you from doubting your sanity). In the synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we are told that after Jesus’ baptism, He spent forty days in the wilderness fasting, praying, 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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Yet

Sometimes in life the best gifts come in small packages. Whether it is a tiny gift envelope stuffed with cash or the tiny bundle of a newborn baby, sometimes the greatest gifts are quite small. It is true with our English language, too. One of the most powerful words in the English dictionary is the […]

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