Pursuing Intentional Christian Community

Pursuing Intentional Christian Community

Painted into the Scene Imagine a painting of a group of men and women casually dressed, seated on couches and chairs in a cozy living room. They are laughing, talking, and enjoying one another's company. In one corner of the couch, there's an empty space. Just a throw...

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Grit in the Midst of Imperfection and Failure

Grit in the Midst of Imperfection and Failure

Fail, Fail, Fail, Again? “I love failure!” said no one, ever. In fact, most likely you’ve said the exact opposite, right? “I hate failure!”  This summer, God gave me the most magnificent opportunity to learn about failure. I knew in the middle of the lesson that...

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Humor and Joy When Jesus Laughs

Humor and Joy When Jesus Laughs

How Do You View Jesus? My personal relationship with Jesus includes a lot of joy and humor. I think that’s because so much of my life I spent thinking that Jesus was so serious. My image of Jesus was of a somber and reserved man who probably disapproved of fun, and...

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One-Word-Prayer

One-Word-Prayer

Flashy Prayers I wonder at what age we suddenly begin to think that our prayers have to sound holy. "Heavenly Father, we beseech thee on our knees with our heads bowed in reverence. We humbly request..." Have you ever heard a child pray? It's wonderfully simple....

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A Game Of Stop and Go With The Spirit

A Game Of Stop and Go With The Spirit

Stop and Go Last week I saw some kids in the park playing this game called Stop and Go! Do you remember it? You have one kid in charge of yelling out the verbal directions and the rest of the kids are far away, behind a starting line. When the kid in charge yells...

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Shame Says: Look What You’ve Done

Shame Says: Look What You’ve Done

Look What You’ve Done! Did you read the title as a statement of reproach or celebration? You can look at it both ways. Have you ever gone from celebration to shame in 2.3 seconds flat? I have. Well, maybe it took a little longer.  I just finished week two of...

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Writing School and My Miracle Working God

Writing School and My Miracle Working God

I didn't have to write last night. Technically all of my writing can be accomplished during the school day. But my heart was bursting with gratitude to my Savior for carving out a place for me. A perfect, pre-planned and expertly appointed, Leanna-sized niche at The...

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Putting Our Faith Where Our Mouth Is

Putting Our Faith Where Our Mouth Is

I just returned from riding horses in the mountains at the peaceful Deep Canyon Guest Ranch in Choteau, Montana. I loved everything about it. The owners, cooks, wranglers, and staff made the week as comfortable as staying with my extended family. Everywhere I looked,...

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God’s Business is Answered Prayers

God’s Business is Answered Prayers

The Heart Cries Out What is the cry of your heart? At the core of you… where your truest self is, what do you want to say to God? Is it a prayer, a request, a grateful song of worship and praise? Whatever they are, you can consider them answered prayers. God has been...

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The Joy of Following Jesus

The Joy of Following Jesus

Revival Under the Big Tent I went to an honest-to-goodness tent revival meeting last week. At some point between the opening song of “Our God Reigns” and later during “I Exalt Thee” a little piece of my soul came back to life. The cross section of Believers was...

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