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At the beginning of summer, our three teens spent a week with some friends in California.  After the kids got home, our friend left a voice mail for my husband. While he talked about how much fun the week was, he ended the message with this: “It’s fun to see them grow up, and I’m just so proud of them.” Oh, man, our hearts were full. After a week of missing them and thinking, “Boy, I hope they behave and... Read More
The Bible can be bad for you
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The Bible can be bad for you. Will I get in trouble for saying that? Because I mean it. It might be safer for your soul to read 50 Shades than the four gospels. Because bad things can happen when you pick up the Good Book. Why do I say that? Because too often we treat the Bible like breakfast. At breakfast, you can wolf down your eggs and toast like Joey Chestnut at Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (YouTube... Read More
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Recently a young woman told me, “I’m really concerned about the environment. I keep on hearing that all my purchases are changing the climate. And I know Christians who don’t seem to care at all about the earth. Why aren’t we doing more to save the planet?” I responded, “You’re right. Many Christians treat this world as if it is the Titanic, and our only goal is to get people on the life raft before it goes down. That’s not... Read More
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With the suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide is again at the top of our national conversation—and for good reason. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report showing suicide rates in the US rose across the country from 1999 to 2016, with 25 states having an increase of at least 30 percent. This bad news is made worse because data also shows that after high profile suicides, the suicide rate temporarily increases... Read More
What if we choose to forgive?
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When is the last time sins of your past kept you up at night or haunted your waking hours of the day?  Recently I heard this anecdote about the reformer Martin Luther. The account written after Luther’s death explained that the devil (it wasn’t clear if it happened in a dream or bodily form) brought to Luther a long list of sins Luther had committed. Upon presenting it to Luther, Luther corrected the devil’s list by adding several sins and... Read More
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My kids have been known to make summer bucket lists, writing down every single fun thing they’d like to cram into the weeks that they have off of school. I am all for writing down things so that we are intentional. After all, without that list, I would be tempted to just hang out at home and not drive anyone anywhere. I like the bucket list idea. However, instead of things to do, I came up with ways that I... Read More
Should you :) during Communion?
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My friend is a new Christian. And she smiles during Communion. While everyone else averts their eyes and stares ahead like I’m a drill sergeant searching for my next push-ups-til-you-puke victim, my friend locks eyes with me and smiles. Because she believes what I taught her. I’m not sure what you believe about Communion, but I want to suggest that Communion is a smiling sacrament. Here are three reasons why: This is forgiveness—Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant... Read More
Extreme makeover: Prayer edition
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On a Saturday morning just a little more than a month ago, I was getting ready to speak at a women’s conference with fellow Time of Grace writer Linda Buxa. A week earlier my hair stylist cut several inches off my hair. A lot of people tout short hair as easier, but that morning the minutes ticked by and combing, primping, and praying left me no closer to being presenter ready.  Thank you, Jesus. I finally realized I needed to... Read More
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What if everyone reading this post invited a friend to church next week? A thousand people might read this post. Do you think a thousand more people will be in a church next week?  Probably not.  Well, what about 50%? If we all invited one person, would 500 more people be in church next week?  Probably not.  If every single one of us invited one person to church next week, I bet only about 50 more people would be in... Read More
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As a child, I was taught that when you pray you close your eyes and bow your head. Well, obviously that makes sense—because a kiddo with eyes open and hands available to touch and grab and reach is easily distracted. As an adult, I still default to that prayer posture.  Last week, though, I was talking with a friend in front of her home and, before we said goodbye, we stood on the steps, held hands, and asked God for... Read More