Book Review: Live Full, Walk Free

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Girls, you know I love Bible study. So when I got a copy of my friend Cindy Bultema’s new Bible study, Live Full, Walk Free, I was excited! Live Full, Walk Free is a study of 1 Corinthians, the New Testament book written by the apostle Paul. During Paul’s time, the city of Corinth was […]

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10 Reminders of God’s Relentless Love For You

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  Part of my husband’s job as a pastor is to visit people who can no longer leave their homes or retirement facilities to attend church. He meets many amazing people of the “greatest generation.” One couple he met was especially memorable. Their love for each other was always evident, but the husband struggled to […]

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When You Struggle With Enough

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When I was a little kid sitting in church listening to the pastor read the Bible, I loved it when Psalm 23 was one of the day’s lessons. I would look up at the big stained glass window of Jesus holding a little lamb. I could easily picture Jesus as a Shepherd playing with the […]

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New eCourse: Christian Speaking

Check out a new cCourse on Christian speaking

How do you use your gifts and talents? Do you use your musical talents when you sing in the choir? Do you use your organizational gifts as Sunday School administrator? Do you use your flair for hospitality by opening your home for Bible studies? God has given each of us unique gifts.   Maybe you […]

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Three Creative Ways To Outline a Life-Changing Presentation

Three Creative Ways toOutline a Presentation

Outline. When you hear that word, you probably groan and think of English 101 in high school. Just how were you supposed to place those capital letters and Roman numerals? Don’t worry—outlining a life-changing presentation isn’t about perfecting the mechanics of outlining. It’s about organizing your information in a way that helps audience members listen […]

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4 Ways to Have a More Productive (and Meaningful!) 2017

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At the end of each year, I often make New Year’s resolutions.  As I put up a new calendar on my fridge I make lists of goals and plans. (I love lists!) But most of the time what happens is that I make a beautiful plan for the new year–and then promptly forget about it. […]

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Your Top Five Posts of 2016

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2016 was quite a year! For me, it was time chock-full of family visits, writing, and volunteer work. How about you? During January I often take time to evaluate the year before. So today I took a few minutes to check out what interested you–my readers–most in 2016. Here are your favorite five posts! Reread […]

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Book Review: Making Marriage Beautiful

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I loved this insightful book on marriage. Author Dorothy Greco writes with transparency and humor. Because she wants to help others, she and her husband bravely share their own not-always-perfect endeavors to have a beautiful marriage. Greco hits the nail on the head when she writes: What differentiates a loving, joyful, intimate marriage from a […]

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When You’re Floored By Bad News

  Christmas is a joyous season, but for some it doesn’t feel that way. I understand. Some of the most painful events in my life happened in the month of December. The two miscarriages I experienced both happened in that month. My father died on December 7 in 2001. It was Christmas Day when we […]

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When You Feel Ordinary

This holy season we are examining the characters of Christmas. Last week we looked at Elizabeth. (Click here to read her story.) This week we will look at Mary. Mary’s story is so familiar to us. Every Advent season we hear the story of the angel visiting the young girl. We see the picture of […]

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