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Sharing Our Imperfect Love with His Imperfect People

The first time I washed my mother’s feet, my feet were cold, too. We weren’t a touchy family. Not much hugging. Never any kissing. Then as she aged, she also grew, to be honest, a bit grouchy. So, I grew grouchy in return. Our relationship strained. Two imperfect people struggling to stay connected – that was us. Finally, I prayed. Help me to love my mother — love her better, love her right. Then God answered. Wash her feet. But what did that mean — and would it make the difference? I ponder t...
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Have faith in yourself, and you will be a happier person.

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Holy Week: How to Rebuild & Rise from the Ashes (How a Family, Church, Civilization can Experience the True Story of Restoration this Easter)

O n the Monday of Holy Week, in one of the most secular countries on globe, in the midst of a fire hungrily devouring the planet’s most famous gothic church —    a chain of humanity forms, to pass from one hand to another hand, what is believed to be a nail that held Christ to Golgotha’s Cross, the piercing thorns that pressed His brow, and a piece of the Cross itself.   Regardless of the veracity of the relics, this is what matters: that people think that any of this still matters.   There i...
Tags: Books, Hope, Children, France, Religion, Paris, Faith, Notre Dame, Christ, Conversations, Christendom, Cross, Zondervan, Macron, Restoring Wonder, Bible Reading

Notre Dame Cathedral’s History Has Always Been One of Destruction and Restoration

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to rebuild after a devastating fire
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Heart Surgery before Holy Week: When You Need Answers for Your Broken Heart & the Suffering of the World

I am scared to whisper here. What do you dare say when you’ve been sleeping beside a hospital bed for the last 12 days, been sleeping alongside the brave 300 children curled and splayed in stacked floors of beds under the sign: Hospital for Sick Kids. How many times have the hallways buzzed with Code Blue, Code Blue? How many times have a child’s cries and begging no’s seized us down these hallways and we cracked wide open with prayers for all these caught in the land of the suffering? They cu...
Tags: Family, Hope, Children, Religion, Trust, World, Peace, Faith, Fear, Humility, Jesus, Prayer, Matthew, BHP, Cross, Friedrich Nietzsche

What to Know About the Origins and Meanings of the Major Holy Week Rituals

From carrying branches on Palm Sunday to visiting the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, here are the stories behind Holy Week rituals
Tags: News, Holidays, Uncategorized, History, Faith, Easter, Major Holy Week Rituals

How to Break Dysfunctional Cycles & Grow Healthier: When You Just want to Live the Abundant Life

M y mama tells the story that when I was a gangly four-year-old kid, they hauled my kid brother and sister and I, down to a panhandle town named Hereford, Texas, for a handful of months, and my dad sharecropped cotton with this farmer west of town. And I played with Nancy Leigh Craig across the street who was two years younger and a whole head and a half shorter than I. My mama remembers it and I will never forget, how every time I ventured next door to play with Nancy Leigh Craig, that little ...
Tags: Hope, Church, Religion, Lent, Faith, Fear, Jesus, ANN, Christ, Hereford Texas, Levi Voskamp, The Way of Abundance, Nancy Leigh Craig

Praying for International Missionaries

We hosted a “Revive This Nation” student preach at our church three weeks ago.  Pastor Omotayo is a PHd student working to get his Phd in Christian counseling.  I would encourage every church to host a “Revive This Nation” preacher in March of 2020.  It’s a great opportunity to encourage student preachers.  The seminary matches up student preachers to smaller churches who cannot afford the expense of hosting a revival preacher.  The seminary pays the travel expenses, and the host church is respo...
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What You Really Want: Best Plan for a Beautiful Life

“I wanna buy something.” That’s what the woman tells me. You can see that look in her eyes, looking for something lovely. Something new and shiny and lovely, that catches the light in it’s own way. Sometimes we want to possess lovely things — because maybe we don’t fully know what love truly is. “Something — beautiful. I want something really beautiful.” Sometimes we want to possess lovely things — because we don’t know what love is. Maybe, you know —like a nicer house? The kind of house to c...
Tags: Hope, Instagram, Religion, Lent, Beauty, Faith, Humility, Jesus, Christ, Conversations, Joanna, King of Kings

How to Give up “Devotions” & Look God in the Eye (Or: How to Walk 130 Miles with God for Lent) (Part 3)

W hen you first meet this guy named Joshua, you’d never know that he’s been in the mouth of a lion. What do you say to a man who’s walked out of the mouth of a lion? Only to give his entire life to the Lion and the Lamb? You’d never have the faintest idea that lion teeth slammed down on his waist while he was just a kid sleeping out in the wilderness with his herd of goats. Clenched between the incisors and canine teeth of the lion, Joshua found himself dragged into the bush, braced to be ri...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Lent, David, Faith, Humility, God, John, Luther, Joshua, Gospels, Matthew Mark Luke, Restoring Wonder, Refiner's Fire, Bible Reading, Repent

Don’t Give Your Critic Words

Emily P. Freeman has the gift of puttinginto words the thoughts you don’t have time to think and sharing the kind of wisdom your soul needs to help you breathe. If you’re in a time of confusion, doubt, and foggy transitions that lead to decision fatigue, Emily is the voice you need to help you follow what she’s found is the best time-tested advice: just do the next right thing. It’s a grace to welcome Emily to the farm today . . . guest post by Emily P. Freeman W e stand on the corner of Rand...
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Does Anybody See Me? Trusting God When You Feel Invisible

Have you ever longed to feel loved? Wondered if anyone accepted you? Wanted to belong somewhere? Life is full of ups and downs that can make us feel like we are invisible or overlooked. It’s hard to know that God is there through the trials and sometimes more difficult to believe He knows us in the midst of them. Yet in all of it, God is at our side—even when He feels far away. Jill Eileen Smith knows what it feels like to face the valleys of life. To feel overlooked and unnoticed. It is a grac...
Tags: Books, Hope, Israel, Religion, Guest Posts, Egypt, Faith, God, Baker, Abram, Abraham, Jill, Solomon, Hagar, Sarai, Marcia Brady

How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home

Have you ever wondered why God has you where you are? What His greater purpose is for the place you call home? Despite being part of one of the most mobile societies in history, we find it easy to feel stuck where we are. Maybe it’s because of a recent move or because you’re still in the same place you’ve been for years. Many of us just aren’t where we thought we’d be or doing what we thought we’d do with our lives. Sometimes we may wonder if God knows what He’s doing. Shauna Pilgreen understan...
Tags: Books, Family, India, Africa, Religion, America, San Francisco, Georgia, Guest Posts, Liberia, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Dad, Ben, Abraham

This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.See how religions mix at both national and regional level.There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which? China and India are huge religious outliers A picture says more than a thousand words, and that goes for this world map as well. This map conveys not just the size but also the distribution of world religions, at both a global and national level. Strictly speaking it's an infographic rath...
Tags: Africa, Asia, Atheism, Buddhism, China, Christianity, Europe, Faith, India, Islam, Middle east, Religion, United states, Map

Don’t Read this. Unless You Want the Wild of Living by Faith (Or: One of the Craziest Things We Have Ever Done & I’m Kinda Terrified)

T he guy never balked once. And, I mean, he really could have, only about a couple thousand times. Turns out: When a man doesn’t falter in trusting a woman, it makes a woman fall harder. But that’s not the point of this story. Or maybe it is. I mean, the Farmer could have straight up guffawed when I kinda shriek right there on Main Street: “TURN AROUND.” You don’t always have to know where you’re going — when you know you’re going with God. He doesn’t bother asking why. Mainly because we’ve ...
Tags: Family, Hope, Mac, Religion, Trust, Faith, Humility, Jesus, Isa, Christ, Worship, Abram, Anglican Church, Isaiah, Restoring Wonder, Seeing God

Prayagraj Ardh Kumbh Mela, 2019

I am not religious. But rivers, mountains, roads and regular people are my favourite. Kumbh is one such event that makes some of these things possible for me. My last Kumbhamela was in 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Meeting people, eating food on the road side and just watching people following1 their faith. I don’t question things there. I just observe. This year’s Kumbh was no different. I was in Kumbh (Prayagraj) for two days, 3rd and 4th of March 2019. Maha Shivratri (4th) is the last holy b...
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Jewish Voters Still Back Democrats, Despite Trump’s Claims About ‘Jexodus’

Jewish voters continue to overwhelmingly support Democrats, despite President Donald Trump’s recent claims otherwise. In the past week, the president has twice tweeted about a group started by a former Trump campaign staffer that is encouraging Jewish voters to join the Republican Party. “The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total…
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Find Your Courage to Fight through the Darkness

As a pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Kyle Idleman has pastored and counseled thousands. Over the years, he’s noticed a particular theme emerge from those he connects with and realized one important thing: we all need encouragement. We need hope to get through the darkness. No matter our struggles, no matter our story, we desperately need to hear these words: don’t give up. Here Kyle writes about the story of Jacob in Genesis 25-33 and how we can draw inspiration and encouragem...
Tags: Books, Religion, America, Guest Posts, David, Faith, Annie, MMA, Baker, Don, Kyle, Louisville Kentucky, Jacob, Esau, Kyle Idleman, Southeast Christian Church

Dreaming Takes Courage

Once upon a time, I did not know how to dream. I realized my deficiency when after a year of being saturated with “dream” prompts, props, and protocol, along with inspiring talks and encouraging oration, I still could not muster a dream. That was when I realized I had never really dreamed. Instead of dreaming, I had been planning. I have since learned that there is a huge difference between plans and dreams. As a planner, I considered my circumstances and extracted the best possible scenario...
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When Faith Alone Can’t Heal Depression

There is no question that religion and spirituality can help pull us out of darkness and provide the hope and inspiration that is needed to persevere through despair. Several studies over the last decade have confirmed the positive role of faith in recovery from depression. How Faith Helps Depression A 2016 study from the University of Utah School of Medicine demonstrated how religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits. In the study 19 young-adult Mormon church mem...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Depression, Spirituality, Faith, Jesus, Sam, Stigma, Jesus Christ, Miller, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Lifeway

When God is the top priority for a person and family, all other relationships fall into place

Marriage is one of the most beautiful and difficult relationships we enter into . . . something fiction author Jolina Petersheim has experienced personally and also explores in her new novel— How the Light Gets In, a story about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on. While writing the novel, Jolina and her husband Randy faced several trials that tested their marriage deeply: moving across country with three young daughters after homesteading in Wisconsin; building (by hand) a new home; th...
Tags: Books, Family, Marriage, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Wisconsin, Jesus, Crossfit, NICK, Ruth, Randy, Lancaster Pennsylvania, Jolina, Tyndale, Francine Rivers

When We Cannot See

My husband and I traveled our way home from an appointment one recent morning through fog. This wasn’t one of those hazy kind of fogs. This was a dense, can’t-see-the-front-of-your-vehicle kind of fog. We had a twenty-five mile trip home on a highway that cut right through beautiful farmland. Twenty-five miles of big, deep hills with big, deep ditches. The thick fog hid every bit of the landscape. All the familiar landmarks had disappeared. Suddenly, a path we had traveled countless times became...
Tags: Inspiration, Faith, Encouragement, God's faithfulness, God's help, Jennifer Ueckert, Not By Sight

Podcast #488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What’s often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but for the spirit as well.  My guest today has written a book, The Sacred Art of Fasting, that explores the different ways fasting is practiced by all of the world’s major religions and how it can be practiced by individuals today. His name is Fathe...
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(Free 40 Day Lent Devo) Want a Lent of More? How to have a Lent of Abundantly More God (Part 1)

I meet a woman named Ndubaayo who gave up four hours of her day to walk — one way, barefoot—  over a range of rugged hills — to hear the heartbeat of God. And when the tiny frame of a woman leans forward to tell me the bona-fide miracle of how she heard the Word — my heart is a bush burst into flame, and God’s Word is holy ground, and there are miracles that move us who are dust to tears, so the Potter can reshape softened hearts into more of His glory. There’s a giving up — that only gains. ...
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The Vatican Will Unseal Records About Holocaust-Era Pope Pius XII. Here’s What We Already Know About His Controversial Legacy

The Vatican will unseal the records years ahead before they were expected
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Three words to help your family grow together and not grow apart

As someone who wants to do more than guess in my parenting, I’m so grateful for Growing With, my new favorite parenting book by Kara Powell and Steve Argue. Kara and Steve are veteran church leaders and world-class researchers, but most of all, they are parents who find that growing with their teenagers and young adults (three kids each!) is one of their greatest joys and privileges. In the midst of all I juggle and wonder about as a parent, I love learning with and from these two, and no matte...
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How Sobriety Lead Me To Faith And Financial Freedom

Getting down on my knees and asking God for help was the best decision of my life. Here's how getting sober affected my life and gave me financial freedom. The post How Sobriety Lead Me To Faith And Financial Freedom appeared first on Bible Money Matters and was written by Contributing Author. Copyright © Bible Money Matters - please visit for more great content.
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Told You’re “Too Much”? Dear Me: Lifelines to the Person I Long to Be

D ear Me: What if you stopped apologizing for being you, stopped apologizing for the way you laugh only like you do, You aren’t too much; like the stars are never too bright, like the moon is never too large or luminous, like the wonders of the world are never too much. for the way you drive your decisions like a stake into the landscape of debates, for the way you let the thoughts that singularly unfurl in the curling neurones of your brain alone, find their brave way to the tip of your will...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Faith, Jesus, Christ, Cruciform Love

Another Aspect to the Sexual abuse Crisis

I’ve avoided giving my two cents about the Houston Chronicle article and its ensuing effects on our convention because I had nothing new to add to the conversation.  Our leaders, and entities, the bylaws working group notwithstanding, have responded well.  I have something to add to the conversation, something not being discussed. I’d like to begin with this question:  are we setting our young ministers up for failure by giving them youth ministry positions? When I served in my first full-time p...
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Dear Overwhelmed Heart, Relief is Coming

Sarah Beth Marr is a quiet-hearted soul on a mission to help women find the peace God offers right in the midst of busyness. A former professional ballerina, wife, and mama to three growing sons, Sarah pens words of grace, truth, and hope to point women to the only One she knows who completely satisfies hearts. Sarah’s tender, gentle words will tug your heart towards God, tip your soul towards a more life-giving, grace-laced pace, and turn your focus back to the One who is tenderly guiding yo...
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