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Developing Character for Life

March 17th, 2020

After my junior year in college, I traveled for a chunk of the summer through Europe by train. I was on the cheap, carrying Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $10 a Day. After three years in college, I was becoming more self-aware. I could see that my world was changing, maturing, expanding. My freshman timidity was

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Harness Your Power

March 10th, 2020

Whether we’re talking about an introvert in a sea of type A personalities, a thoroughbred trying to survive in a donkey-paced work environment, an imaginative dreamer tucked inside an accountant, a willing friend who finds herself friendless, a contributor who questions her ability to contribute, or a would-be success story needing assurance that she won’t

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Lent Readings

March 3rd, 2020

Ash Wednesday Day 1 Creatures of Dust Genesis 3:17-19 You were made from dust, and to dust you will return. Genesis 3:19 The human heart is full of eternal hopes. Many people don’t recognize them for what they are—longings for the Kingdom of Heaven and anticipation of living with God and his people forever—but everyone

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Organically Connecting God and Life

February 25th, 2020

Some time ago, my friend Brenda flew to Chicago for a visit with her daughter’s family, and especially with her granddaughter, Charity. Charity is five years old—a plump, cute, highly verbal little girl. Charity’s paternal grandmother had been visiting the previous week. She is a devout woman who takes her spiritual grandmothering duties very seriously,

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A Closer Relationship With God

February 18th, 2020

  1. Recognize and confess that you are a sinner. No more excuses! What is sin? It is to fall short of God’s standard, which is perfection itself. It is also to cross a line. All of us have done that and more. We have broken God’s commandments and fallen short of his glory. The

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