• While We Wait: An Advent Reflection

    The Wait Gifts are wrapped and stockings are stuffed. Lights twinkle on the tree and candles flicker in homes and church candlelight services across the country. It’s Christmas  - one of my favorite ...

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    While We Wait: An Advent Reflection
  • “He Will” – An Advent Bible Study

    Preparing for Christmas There are trees to decorate, lights to hang, stockings to stuff, cookies to bake, gifts to buy, and special meals to cook. In all of the excitement, rushing, and overwhelm we ...

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    “He Will” – An Advent Bible Study
  • God of Wonder by Julie Delamarter

    I’ve never looked forward to a broken heart. Have you? Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” If we saw our broken hearts, our trials, our tears as ...

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    God of Wonder by Julie Delamarter
  • You Are God’s Masterpiece

    “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. ...

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    You Are God’s Masterpiece
  • Passion Week: A Resurrection Sunday Reflection

    Scripture for Today “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the ...

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    Passion Week: A Resurrection Sunday Reflection

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Podcast 005- “Rose’s Story” – Part Two

Arise Ministries Collective is featuring the incredible life story of Rose Speer in three segments this summer, and today we have the privilege of sharing “Part Two”! As we all have the great honor of listening to Rose’s brave and captivating journey, it is our prayer that her experience will grow and bolster our faith and help us trust God…

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How to Study the Bible: The Swedish Method

I don’t remember when I fell so in love with the Bible. I was raised in a Christian home, went to a Christian school and was surrounded by the Bible in most aspects of my life. But, as most kids, I wasn’t in love with God’s Word. It was a check on a list if that. It was homework. It…

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Mama’s Sticky Buns

Friends! Let me (Rachel) introduce you to my mama! This is Marilou Nightingale. She is the most amazing baker I have ever known. This summer, I get to share 3 of my all time favorite childhood recipes from her kitchen. You are in for a treat! My Mom grew up a Baptist Pastor’s Kid and then Married a Mennonite Missionary……

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Steadfast

Steadfast. I have always loved this word that describes God’s character. He is firm and unwavering, dependable, solid, constant. He is my refuge, my rock. He does not change. I love that I serve an unshakable God. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its…

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Hemmed In & Covered Up

One of the most significant gifts that my husband has ever given me is a black and white, wool, Pendleton blanket. The blanket itself is absolutely stunning, but what makes it deeply meaningful to me is the reason behind the purchase. It was a season in my life where every single thing seemed quite desperately uncertain. Being in full time…

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Podcast 004 – “Rose’s Story”

This summer, Arise Ministries Collective is featuring the incredible life story of Rose Speer in three segments. Today we have the honor and privilege of sharing Part One! Her story is beautifully brave and captivating. As we all have the great honor of listening to Rose’s journey, it is our prayer that her experience will grow and bolster our faith…

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Willamette Valley Salad

If you live anywhere near the Willamette Valley in Oregon, you’ve likely tried a variation of this salad. They serve one at the Elephant’s Deli in Portland that I love, but this one my friend Liz makes is my absolute favorite. It’s delicious paired with grilled salmon (I like carmelized onions with mine because they taste delish with the salad)…

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Kingdom Roots

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2   We all want roots. Someplace we can turn to in times of both joy and crisis. The world strives for identity and…

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Resting in the Shadow

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 I’m not sure how it started, but I remember how it ended – In complete exhaustion with a tear-filled cry for help. My quest to live a holy, God-centered, productive life left me self-righteous, self-centered, and striving for recognition and appreciation….

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Psalm 5

“Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” Psalm 5:1-3 ESV Every time I read Pslam 5 it takes…

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