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

20 days old baby sleeping in a christmas nativity crib

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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Christmas Presents

We have a tree up in our house (see proof to the left!) but no Christmas presents underneath. It’s not that I haven’t had time to go shopping . . . I guess I could have made some time if I really wanted to go to the mall (somehow going straight home after work has been more
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The Church Gets it Right

Yesterday, Washington Plaza Baptist hosted a memorial service for the brother and brother in-law of two of our devoted church leaders, Mark. The congregation was almost full of those who came to pay their respects. It wasn’t full because everyone in the room had a relationship with the deceased or even had met Mark, but many people came out
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Prayer in Response to the Aurora, CO Shooting

For those who have journeyed to the life beyond after watching what would be their last film, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. For those who simply wanted a night out of enjoyment at a movie theater and find themselves in the most bewildering shock of their lives as memories of confusion continue to
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Love, Christians and Those Who Might Call us Crazy

When is the last time you encountered a person of faith, in particular a Christian who was engaging in particular activities one might call “crazy?” I know I’ve met my share of over the top loving kind of Christians through the years being in church as long as I have. I’ve met Christians who follow
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