Living God is Love

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Throughout my life, on my best days and worst days alike, there has been one abiding truth that I’ve always known and clung to: God is love. Nothing that can separate us from this love. No height, nor depth, no nothing! And the love of God is not just for a select few. It is for all
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A Prayer of Surrender

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A sermon preached at the Antioch Christian Church, Vienna, VA from Ephesians 3:14-21 Surrender—it’s a word that’s defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as verb that means to give control or use of (something) to someone else. And I have to tell you that it’s not one of my favorite words. Oh, I love verbs that are the
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Why I Support Equality of Marriage

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It was a big day yesterday. A BIG day. A day so many of us will remember where we were when we heard the news. Marriage is just marriage. It’s now the law of the land. In light of this, I thought it might be a great opportunity to revisit a post I wrote back
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You are Beloved

Lessons from the First Family: You are Beloved A sermon preached on Genesis 1:26-27 at the Federated Church, Weatherford, OK I’ve had one of those weeks when my message to you could be summed up in one sentence. Let me explain there’s a story . . . In my tradition, ordination is a function of
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Love Is the Only Way

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These weeks in Tanzania and Kenya, my eyes and ears have been overwhelmed by many things: Children who walk miles to school without shoes. Children without access to clean water in their community. Children who grow up without parents. Leaders who take advantage of their people, ignoring the needs of their children. Knowing that God’s
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Baby Jesus Blog: An Advent Study

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It is Advent. Mary is 36 weeks pregnant, and baby Jesus is due any day. How do we learn to wait for a baby savior? Waiting for Christmas is about waiting for a baby to be born, and as any mom will tell you, that kind of waiting is hard work. We get impatient. We
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Love That Groans: Day 3- Elizabeth Hagan

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” II Corinthians 4:1 I have been in labor for almost five years. There have been ultrasounds. There has been blood work. There has been pain: both physical and emotional. I feel called to motherhood. It’s as strong as the calling I
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Love That Groans: Day 2- Sarah Jobe

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to this present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope
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Love That Groans: Day 1- Joe Hensley

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind
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Friendship with God

I grew up in the type of Christian community that would frequently say things like: “Work on your relationship with God above all else.” And, “If you let anything come between your relationship with Jesus, then your faith is off track.” For while the intention of such teaching was probably was something like, “Make your
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