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  • Is Grace Something We Need to Be Careful With?

    By on September 16, 2016

    Dude, there are so many books out there on grace. Some are good and some turn my stomach. There are SO many teachings out there about grace, and I don’t know what in the world makes me think I have any more authority to talk about...

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  • When Did God Get Banned from Schools?

    By on August 27, 2016

    It never fails that when I’m talking with other Christian parents, I come across someone lamenting that God/Prayer/Bibles/Jesus is not allowed in the public schools. This right here puzzles me. Deeply. Who told us these things are not allowed? Like I’m thoroughly confused. Who told us...

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  • 4 ways to Love to a Person Whose Love Language is Acts of Service

    By on August 20, 2016

    Guest post by Rene Picota.  My wife recently wrote a great blog on what “love languages” are, and how to love a person whose primary love language is words of affirmation. If you haven’t read her blog yet, please read it by clicking here. I am...

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  • Unanswered Prayer, or Bullet Dodged?

    By on August 20, 2016

    When I was 16 I was about as rebellious as teenagers come. If my parents wanted me to do something, I didn’t do it. If they didn’t want me around someone, we became BFFs. I think you get the picture. There was this guy, and he started...

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  • I Am Not Color Blind

    By on August 16, 2016

    I’m just an ordinary white American woman pastor. What authority do I even have to say anything on the topic of racial injustices, racism or equality? I dunno, maybe the same authority as any of us. But even more than being a pastor, more than I’m...

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  • 4 Ways to Love a Person Whose Love Language is Words of Affirmation

    By on July 30, 2016

    I think by now it’s safe to say that many many people have heard of Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages. I highly recommend that book if you haven’s already read it. There is a version for adults. one for loving your teenager, and even...

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  • 2 People Who Are Fed Up with Church as Usual

    By on July 13, 2016

    In the churches across America, there are many people who are sitting around in churches but they’re totally over it and just going through the motions. Two types stand out to me the most, but I don’t know if I’d say they’re the most common. These...

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  • How to Get Heavenly Momentum

    By on July 7, 2016

    There are some really amazing things that I have learned about long distance running over the past few years. We used to live up near the mountains, and so the roads that I ran on were very hilly and curvy. They’re beautiful, but they’re challenging. If I’m...

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  • Bible Stories that Crash Common Christian Gender Roles

    By on June 10, 2016

    I’ve noticed something pretty disheartening within Christian culture. I’ve noticed that there are some really unbiblical “roles” or expectations that people try to force on men and women. There seems to be this unspoken expectation that “all men are like this” and “women are like this”....

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  • 3 Common Habits that Happy People Avoid

    By on June 9, 2016

      Over the years, pastoring adults and teenagers, I’ve come across all kinds of people, and I’ve always had an intense desire to help people lead more successful and fulfilling lives. For the most part, I found that most people wanted to lead better lives and...

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