Becoming Sanctified

“Babe, I Didn’t Cheat!”

“Babe, I Didn’t Cheat!”

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Paul had stuck his head through the door of our study to remind me that he was leaving for work when I joyfully blurted out this awkward announcement. He gave me a very weird look, shook his head and blew me a kiss goodbye. I’ll admit, it is a strange statement to make and even stranger to be so happy…

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Not Perfect. But Forgiven.

Not Perfect. But Forgiven.

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Once, while I was at the Snyders’ home, I heard one of them say a sentence I would later hear repeated often: People are more important than things. That one small sentence summarizes many Scriptural principles about love for others and many warnings about greed and pride. I’ve since used it to encourage my children about how to love others more…

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God Gives and God Takes Away

God Gives and God Takes Away

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We celebrated Brenn’s birthday a bit early this year. Family was in town and our friends from across the street were getting ready to move to their next assignment (to “PCS” in military terms), so we tossed the calendar out the window and celebrated his June birthday in May. Brenn, approving greatly of this new found nonchalance for dates and…

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Are THEY My Brothers and Sisters?

Are THEY My Brothers and Sisters?

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A year ago, I wasn’t thinking much about the universal church, that body of Christ consisting of all people who have put their faith in Christ’s death and resurrection for salvation. But then again, most of you probably weren’t either : ) In fact, (forgive me if this comes as quite the shock), I’d never really thought much about the…

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Unable to Sleep and Suffocated by Worry

Unable to Sleep and Suffocated by Worry

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Have you ever had one of those terrible nights when all of the problems of the days, weeks, or years came crashing down on you, and you felt trapped, pressed down in your bed by difficulty, unable to sleep because of the troubling thoughts that keep swirling around in your mind? Blessed with a sleep disorder, I don’t have these…

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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

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As a confessed worrier, fear has been a part of my life since childhood. Thus, my favorite parts of Scripture are those that give me reasons to let go of fear and to trust the ever-watchful, ever-active, and ever-protecting God. The Holy Spirit was very kind when he recently surprised me with an extra dose of illumination and conviction from a…

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The Most Perfect Meal

The Most Perfect Meal

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When I think about my life before I became a Christian, there really is one refrain that sums it up best, and it comes in the form of the famous lyrics of the Rolling Stones: “I can’t get no satisfaction I can’t get no satisfaction ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try….” This is a…

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Running from a Rabid Dog into the Burning House

Running from a Rabid Dog into the Burning House

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For the anxious, nothing seems so pleasant or desirable as being safe. I should know, because safety is my idol of choice. I almost never feel safe. And so I run to false “saviors” looking for security. They temporarily satiate my desires by making me promises, promises of safety and peace in the chaos of life. They say, “Run to money and you’ll…

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