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“Even if …” Two of my favorite words in the Bible. So inspiring … so remarkable … so challenging … so difficult to say. In Daniel chapter 3, we can’t wait to get to the story that we usually fly right past those words without a second...

When? What? Why?

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  I am sitting at my desk at work. I am wondering. I am trying to figure out. I am contemplating the loss of so much time. “When?” For years I went to breakfast once a week with a friend. We often talked about the change we longed for in our lives. We asked ourselves questions...

Circle Questions for February 18, 2018

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DANIEL: THE HEART OF A LION FEB 18, 2018: Josh Crain: Matthew 5:38-42  HEAR 1. Spend some time in your group sharing generally about what you heard in the message. What resonated with you, and what questions did it leave you with? 2. Read Matthew 5:38-42. What stands out to you and...

Our God can. Our God will. And even if He doesn’t…

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It was a little over a decade ago when our nightmare began slowly unfolding. My husband and I had invested in some rental properties, but when trying to juggle work and family responsibilities became difficult, we turned management of our properties over to a friend. A year went by before we...

Pink and Grey

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Uh-oh… Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day collided yesterday. Valentine hearts are red, pink, white, and sweet. Ashes on foreheads in the shape of a cross, are gray, grimy,  gross, and sad. What are the odds that these two observances can make any sense together on February 14?...

In the snow

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I wear headphones a lot. I wear them to bed...almost every night. I wear them when i'm doing something around the house. I wear them when I'm mowing the lawn. So it's not a surprise as I stepped outside to shovel snow at 7pm the other night, I had on my headphones. I shoveled for about an hour...

Don't freak out

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My husband said, “Don’t freak out; they’re only little once.…” The other day my sweet, mischievous 3-year-old got himself onto the bathroom counter, pumped loads of lotion on his hands, and then created a large, sloppy lotion painting on the mirror. Thankfully, my...

Service and Truth

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Once I dreamed I was working at the White House. I felt conflicted, because in my dream, the office of the presidency was held by a person for whom my personal respect, on a scale of 1 to 10, would be well into the negative numbers. I wondered, should I even be here? What if the president comes...

Circle Questions—February 11, 2018

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DANIEL: THE HEART OF A LION FEB 11, 2018: JOSH CRAIN: The Fiery Furnace HEAR 1. Spend some time in your group sharing generally about what you heard in the message. What resonated with you, and what questions did it leave you with? 2. Read Daniel chapter 3. What stands out to you and...

Acquainted with fear

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I wonder if Paul was thinking about Daniel when he wrote, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear...”. Now let’s be clear. Daniel was acquainted with panic and fear. In chapter 8 he was terrified, and in chapter 10 he was trembling, speechless, and could hardly breathe...

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