Thanksgiving | Gratitude | Missing

What We’re Missing on Thanksgiving Day

I roamed the shoe aisle, slightly overwhelmed by the assortment of colors and options. Who knew there were so many decisions involved in picking a shoe? Someone bumped into me as they tried to fit through the narrow box-lined corridor. Gee, I thought to myself. The least they could do is say “excuse me” before running over someone like that. …

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A Prayer for the Persecuted

Father, Forgive me for carelessness, for going about my day without a second thought about my brothers and sisters who are struggling to survive. For grimacing at the mac and cheese when those little boys and girls are eating mud pies. For looking away from the Book beckoning me on my kitchen table when men and women are desperate for …

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Imitating Christ in Our Service: Philippians 2

This fall, we’re studying Philippians and examining how we are to imitate Christ in a counterfeit world. For an index of all posts, go here. How was your time in Philippians 2 last week? God had a rather… smelly lesson prepared for me. (For those of you with olfactory sensitivities, I apologize in advance.) Have you ever scrubbed poop out of a …

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When You Live Like the Dead: How to Embrace Life, Part 2

(Yesterday I shared with you that sometimes I struggle with feeling numb on the inside, like I’m not really living life. You can find the first part here; today I share part 2. Let me encourage you to really read the verses I’ve included. Don’t gloss over them–let the soul-satisfying words of Scripture saturate your heart.) I hum the song to …

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When You Live Like the Dead: How to Embrace Life, Part 1

Much of the Western world is celebrating Halloween this week, a holiday that often glorifies the wicked, ugly, and dead. (For the record, I have lots of friends who celebrate it in a light-hearted, family-friendly way, too.) This is not a discussion of Halloween, but merely to say that death has been on my mind a lot lately. I want to …