Oct 3, 2014

Pursue God: In the Dark Places of the Heart

“Christ says give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you.” C.S. Lewis The therapist sits cross-legged, typing notes on his tiny computer. With probing questions, he delves into my emotional state with...Read more +
Oct 26, 2014

Do Your Daily Habits Reflect Your Values?

by Sarah Bessey
Psalm 90:12
Years ago, a mentor told me, “Show me your bank account, and I’ll show you your true self.” She meant that our spending habits often say more about us than we think they do. She wanted to challenge me to consider how I use my resources, to ensure that my...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: Perfectionism vs. Restraint

It began with an estimate for concrete. Our century-old home sits cozily between neighbors, and we wanted to clean up the side access to the backyard. Improvements would address hospitality as much as visual appeal (both important since guests frequently use this entrance). Large cracks made us want to make...Read more +
Oct 3, 2014

Pursue God: Discovering an Integrated Life

Years ago, I was elbow deep in warm sudsy water. My hands searched along the bottom to hunt down the baby spoon—an ordinary task, one among many that day along with folding laundry, taking out the trash, and finding a way to control a LEGO city that was experiencing urban...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: The Upside Down Kingdom

When he became ill while treating Ebola patients in Liberia, the first American flown back from Africa to battle the disease in the U.S. told Matt Lauer in an interview for NBC news that at first he prayed it was malaria. When that test came back negative, his friends and...Read more +
Oct 17, 2014

Find New Life: Let’s Take a Leap of Faith

It must have been at least twenty minutes before my husband and I realized we’d been staring silently at strangers pulling carry-on luggage past us in the terminal. Seated against the wall, coats draped over our laps, we were waiting at the gate for an early morning departure from Dallas,...Read more +
Oct 21, 2014

Find New Life: The Power of Second Chances

I was raised a Missouri Synod Lutheran, courtesy of my mother. I was raised with a strong Protestant work ethic, courtesy of my father. Both of those influences fused me into something of an overachiever, although only for those things where I felt I had a chance to overachieve. Academics...
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Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: The Five Biggest Career Mistakes Christians Make

For years I was stuck in a mindset that placed an irrationally high value on ministry while under-appreciating God’s interest in using my talents, skills, and interests to pursue His kingdom in a variety of alternate forms. God has created a pretty big world out there, but many of us...Read more +
Oct 12, 2014

God Will

Colossians 1:16-17
We spend a lot of words on intentionality these days. We seek intention in all we do—a gesture, I think, toward interpreting by lived performance the Scripture about all our words and deeds being hid in the purposes of Jesus. But we do ourselves a disservice in these conversations. With...Read more +
Oct 5, 2014

When We Fail

by Ryan Dowd
Jeremiah 15:15-18
I sat alone in my car on the side of a four-lane highway somewhere in rural Indiana. Sheets of rain were falling from bloated clouds, forming muddy puddles in the early summer cornfields that stretched to every horizon. I turned off the engine to my small, black Chevy Cavalier, and...Read more +