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When You Feel Like You’re in Prison

I’ve been reading through Acts recently and looking at the early church. It hit me the other day how long Paul is in prison. He is first put in jail to avoid death by the Jews in Jerusalem. I think if I was Paul I would have expected a release like Peter had gotten earlier…

Failed Out, by Hannah

Many years ago, I was an overcommitted overachiever who just wanted someone to tell me that I was acceptable and loved as I was. I couldn’t have put it in those words if you had asked me, but that’s really what all the work was about. I tried so many different things in an attempt…

Loving the Unlovable

I grew up learning about Jesus, but unfortunately, my head twisted the way I thought about Him to make Him a very driving taskmaster who was always waiting for you to mess up. And then would rub your nose in your mess-up to remind you of why you needed to do better next time. In…

Good Gifts

Last night as I was wrapping gifts for my kids, I realized how excited I was for them to open some of the particular presents I had found them that I knew they would enjoy. I tell my son all the time about how giving can be more fun than receiving (not sure he believes…

But They Don’t Deserve It!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you…

The Hard Callings

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having…