Dedicating Ourselves to Others

Relationships. Thoughts about them come at all times of the day and night. They know no boundaries. They have no qualms. They come uninvited, unannounced. But instead of being in the category of the company I could honestly live without, they are the company I want in my home on a consistent basis. They bring warmth and love, they bring good conversation starters and opportunities to explore. 

I spend a lot of my time thinking and pondering and examining my relationships, especially the kind purposed for discipling me. Thoughts of them and the relationships themselves abound in my life. 

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Prayers over Plates: Week Three: Alaska

For the month of September we are sharing a recipe from a friend serving the kingdom of God in different parts over the world. The idea is while you are making the recipe you are also covering the individual or team in prayer. We are practicing BEING the Church and eating some amazing food.

Week Three is USA featuring Alaska from Hope.

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Sharing Coins

Grandpa ordered hundreds — possibly thousands — of these coins. There are a couple different styles, but most have John 3:16 printed on them known also as the sinner’s prayer. He even ordered coins in different languages, sending them to missionary friends across the globe. And just like his cold-turkey conversations about Jesus, Grandpa made sure to pass these coins out to whoever would take them. He left them with the tip at restaurants, he dropped them into purses, and I’m pretty sure he gave me a new one every time I saw him.

Grandpa’s faith was relentless. He spearheaded a project at his small Nazarene church to put a cross on the top of the church building. They raised that cross a year after his death. He didn’t see it, but he believed it would happen.

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Prayers over Plates: Week Two: El Salvador

For the month of September we are sharing a recipe from a friend serving the kingdom of God in different parts over the world. The idea is while you are making the recipe you are also covering the individual or team in prayer. We are practicing BEING the Church and eating some amazing food.

Week Two is El Salvador from Anjolenna.

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So What Do You Do?

I have found myself in the waiting place before. It’s uncomfortable. It’s excruciating. But this particular waiting place has reminded me that no other identity is more important than my identity in Christ. My focus lately has been so much on what I do and how that validates my worth. I believe that God has me in the waiting place to remind me that setting my eyes on Him is primary, all else is secondary. I am brought back to Colossians 3:2-3: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (NIV).

I don’t know exactly what God has planned for my life. When I entered college determined and unstoppable, I was expecting to graduate as a miniature Leslie Knope with a 30-year plan for my life and career. My waiting place has humbled me to remember that what I do with my life are simply manifestations of my focus on things above.

“So what do you do?”

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Prayers over Plates: Week One: Germany

For the month of September we are sharing a recipe from a friend serving the kingdom of God in different parts over the world. The idea is while you are making the recipe you are also covering the individual or team in prayer. We are practicing BEING the Church and eating some amazing food.

Week One is Germany from Rachel + Johnny!

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For The Sake of The Gospel

If you have spent time in the Christian community, you have probably heard comparable stories from missionaries; stories that we celebrate and become excited about. We celebrate the fruitful ministries and the preparation that took place beforehand. We celebrate that they learned the culture so well that they knew how they would best understand the Gospel without compromising Scripture.

But why don’t we have this same perspective about our own mission field in America?

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Laziness is a Lie

“Ugh, I’m so lazy - I just don’t want to do ANYTHING.”
Yep, me too. I get it. Those days where you spend 90% of your time thinking about all of the things you should be doing and only 10% of your time actually kind of doing the things? Super sucks. And we all know how much God hates laziness, right? I mean, there are a bunch of Proverbs about how being a “sluggard” will bring us poverty and shoot, sloth is one of the seven deadly sins! Yikes. We’re all lazy and we’re all screwed. Right?

I don’t think so, actually. 

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The Value of Art

Art’s value has decreased in the digital age, and the majority of people would rather scarf down a dozen small, insubstantial crumbs of entertainment rather than take time to chew on a satisfying work that is true art. It can be a difficult world for an artist, as culture increasingly disregards art in favor of anything but art. 


So where do artists find the value in their work? Where do artists find value in their talents and unique gifts? As one who has been in the world of art for many years, and as one who is a creator made by the Creator, I feel I have the standing to share my perspective with you.

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Seeing Truth in Life

God had showed her a new truth and a new purpose. While the days still aren’t easy, Wendy has found freedom from depression and freedom to express herself, her triumphs and defeats through stories and poetry on her website.

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Featuring an Interview with and two poems by Wendy Chin founder of the Good News website.

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