The Word of our Testimony

Each Christian has a testimony. Are you using yours? Think about the testimony you have. That one you might keep locked away? Pull that thing off the shelf and remind yourself how God took away your pain, doubt, fear, and confusion. Remind yourself how He exchanged all of those things for His love, truth, peace,…

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Parable of the Lost Sheep

Who are the 99 that Jesus leaves behind? Who is the 1 that He chases after? I worry that we think that once we have accepted Christ as our savior, that we become part of the 99, forever seeking the 1 lost person that needs to find her or his salvation. But is that true?…

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Closure

I’ve been pretty quiet on social media these past few years about my marriage & separation. Today my divorce is final and I’m thankful to have closure. This experience has been many things. Through it all, I’ve seen God’s faithfulness and provision. It’s a testimony I will never tire from telling. 🦋I’ve made countless new…

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The un-Welcome Mat

For many years before I found my way into the evangelical, “non-denominational” world, I attended a conservative (PCA) church. If you don’t know much about PCA, you can check it out online. What became my sticking point was the stance on ordination of women (they don’t). I am a leader, a teacher, and an equipper…

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The Samaritan Woman

Adultery? Divorce? Are we missing the point? The story of the Samaritan woman is a beautiful glimpse at Jesus’s ministry of freedom. But if you’re like me, you’ve only heard of her as a sinful, adulterous woman who was confronted and convicted by Jesus. Is that really her story? After all, divorce was not legal…

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The Cursing Psalms

The book of Psalms is best known for its songs of praise and worship, as well as songs of lament. But there are also occurrences of psalms of cursing or vengeance, known as imprecatory psalms. Within these passages, the author “hurls God’s curses on his enemies, in no uncertain terms.”[1] Day proposes that the curses…

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Asia Bibi -Woman at the Well

Have you seen this? Jesus still uses women at wells to tell His story! Praise God for Living Water. Read Asia’s Story Here As I read Asia’s story, I cant help but think about the woman at the well (John 4). Based on cultural context, the Samaritan woman had to be married to survive. She…

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Immeasurable Leadership

During this semester of seminary, I read a book that helped me understand spiritual formation and its application to leadership. Spiritual formation is the process by which our personal identity is formed. This is our sanctification journey with Christ, as he seeks to form and shape us into his image, through our life experiences. It’s…

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Camouflaged in a Christian Suit

“Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t…

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A Warrior’s Heart

I heard from the Holy Spirit on Tuesday. I have a running list of His messages to me, and this morning I reflected on them.  Sometimes it’s a word or phrase, other times it’s a clear picture in my mind.  So I will take you on my journey so far, and highlight some words along…

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Waiting Room

In John 11 we read the story of Lazarus. There are so many takeaways from it, but today what captured my attention was this interaction between Martha and Jesus, in which he tells her she does not have to wait. She replied, “Yes, I know he will rise with everyone else on resurrection day.” “Martha,”…

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The Mindset of Work

In businesses, as in churches, revenue is required to keep the doors open and programs funded. Therein lies the rub.  You do not make money by developing leaders – you make money by getting your work done. It’s easy to see why many organizations may build goals or vision around employee engagement and development, but…

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Body Building

Is salvation enough? It’s really not a trick question.  Once saved, you have the key to the kingdom. You know where you will be in eternity.  As Christians, we diligently pray and work to spread the gospel, for the purpose of salvation.  With each salvation, we add another person to the body of Christ.  But…

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Peace in Pieces

    If you’ve said The Lord’s Prayer lately, you’ve recommitted yourself to seeking God’s will and bringing His Kingdom to earth, as it is in heaven. Have you taken a few minutes to consider what that might look like? When we, as Christians, set out to build the Kingdom of God here on earth,…

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Thoughts of Mary Magdalene

I recently traced Mary Magdalene’s footsteps through the four Gospels and was led to an unexpected destination.  My purpose was to complete a biographical account of her for one of my classes. Afterwards, what really left an impression on me was the fact that each of the four Gospel writers portrayed Mary Magdalene in a…

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