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Jumping into God's arms

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I love seeing my three-year-old after I’ve been away from him because he runs up and jumps into my arms, wraps his little-boy arms around me, and squeezes with all his might. He throws himself into my hugs, and he trusts that I will catch him. He’s “all in” with all of...

Mind, Body, Spirit

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I’ve known since I was very young (those Good News Clubs taught by my mother) that Jesus brought us the clearest vision of what God is like. But God’s Son was also fully human—so he also brought us the clearest vision of what humans should and could be like. God created each...

Doing the mundane for the glory of God

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One aspect of being all in for Christ is to view our daily work as a means by which we connect to God. You might say, “But my work is very mundane. How can it be for the glory of God?” Brother Lawrence (1614–1691), author of the book Practice the Presence of God, lived most of...

Edna's example in Malawi

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“What’s your favorite Bible verse?” I ask, leaning in to hear Edna’s response through our translator. There’s a long pause, and Edna finally says slowly, “I don’t remember the exact verse … but there’s a preaching that sticks with me. The...

Love is All In

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I had a bad morning recently, and I wasn’t the only one. A friend had received an early call. Her two-year-old grandson had died during the night; inexplicably, suddenly, a seizure, and he was gone. I didn’t know the boy, but I cried—hard. You see, I have five little...

Fast Food Religion

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  “Christians are usually sincere and well-intentioned people until you get to any real issues of ego, control, power, money, pleasure, and security. Then they tend to be pretty much like everybody else. We are often given a bogus version of the Gospel, some fast-food religion...

All In With Generosity - Circle Questions

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HEAR1.  Spend some time in your group sharing what you heard in the message. What resonated with you, and what questions did it leave you with? 2.  Read Luke 21:1-4, Luke 12:16-21, 33-34.What stands out to you and why? TALK3.  Talking about how much money we earn or give away is...

Socks Saturday - All In for my kids

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  It was November, with the lingering smell of pumpkin pie in the air. I sat rocking my newborn and savoring every moment of maternity leave. Someone sent a cheesy card about how “scrubbing and cleaning can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.” I...

Eclipsed by God's Design

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In August, just after the “Great American Eclipse,” the PBS series NOVA broadcast a program on solar eclipses. One line went something like this: By an almost unbelievable coincidence, the sun is 400 times as large as the moon, but also exactly 400 times as far away, so that the sun...

Between trust and self doubt

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I have an idea of what kind of human I wish to be. One who knows languages, learns of customs, culture and humanity, exercises every fruit of the Spirit with precision and passion, maintains daily disciplines in all areas of health and well being and feels completely at peace with the life I...

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