Advent: A Season of Long-Suffering

"Long suffering”—one of the fruits of the spirit—is a phrase that strikes the modern ear as more than a little odd. Today in North America, “to suffer” calls for immediate intervention: a financial stimulus, a pill, a new job, a new relationship. Anything to relieve our pain (however great or … [Read More...]


Wrapped With Love: 5 Gifts That Matter

The idea of Christmas as the “season of giving” is so ingrained in us that it’s practically a cliché. Yet most of our giving takes place among friends and family. What if you gave to people you don’t know ... and who can’t give anything back? Whether you’re back home for the holidays or … [Read More...]

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Advent: Expectation

When I think of the season of Advent, the four-week part of the church calendar that immediately precedes Christmas, the word that comes to mind is “expectation.” Indeed, Advent is a season in which we wait hopefully for that which is promised but is not yet fully formed. It is during this time … [Read More...]


Lord, Have Mercy!

Éleos is Greek for “mercy” as it is defined by loyalty to God’s covenant; pity; compassion. God’s éleos is stunning, and the Book of Nehemiah highlights it along with our need for a Savior and the lengths He goes to prove His love and mercy to us. In Nehemiah 9:6, the people begin praising the … [Read More...]


The Top 10 Creative Gift Ideas

It's Christmastime! We all know it's better to give than to receive. These 10 gift ideas will help you show your appreciation to your family without leaving you broke. 1. The Perfect Date - Give the family your quality time with a date to a coffee shop, a museum, or a day of shameless (and free) … [Read More...]

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Do You Have Confidence In Your Purpose?

I survived, like we all do, against the odds. I should be dead. I should be a statistic. I shouldn’t be scribbling all over this page trying to describe the indescribable. So what happened? Was it chance, an accident, or dumb fate that I’m here now, a thirtysomething rock-and-roll mom looking back … [Read More...]