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06252017_Phil4-13

Sunday Scripture

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 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 NIV Trusting God When It Feels Unfair The only way we were able ...

20170624-Vanderlip-ReceiveGift

We sat across from each other at a small table surrounded by glass displays of bakery treats lining bubblegum-pink walls. Everything in the cupcake bakery screamed too sweet and too bright. To me it felt like the place where the surface level world, dressed in their Sunday best with plastered on smiles, would go to fake fine. We were two souls ...

20170623_Hughes_Breathe

I sit at my computer desk with a hot cup of tea, ready to work on a to-do list a mile long. The house is quiet, but through an open window I hear a bird chirping, and in the distance I hear the school bell ring. We live a couple of blocks from my daughter’s school, so when I hear the bell I imagine my 12-year-old daughter walking to class with her ...

06222017_ShannanMartin_AChildofGod

The Pleasure of Proximity

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Let me tell you how a heart stops. It stops on a June afternoon so thick and sticky, you'd swear it's late August.  You're driving the one short mile to the coffee shop in the rust-bucket beater with no air conditioning because the thought of walking makes your earlobes (the only part of you still dry) sweat. You drive because you can. You ...