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Healing the Church

Some students came forward. All youth group age. The church body is broken. The church is a mix of all types of people. Young, old and in between. Single, married, divorced, widowed, it’s complicated and so on. It’s also full of people striving to follow Christ and live out the ways in which He has commanded us to live. And…

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Life

On July 24th, 2005 my Grandma wrote me a letter that I have tucked safely in my Bible. There is no letter that I have read more thoroughly; I have portions of it memorized and often pull it out when I need to be reminded of truth.   “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21…

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Podcast 012 – “The Old Testament and Why We Need to Know It” – Part 1

  Do we really need to read and understand the Old Testament?  Isn’t knowing Jesus in the New Testament enough?  How do I even begin to study books like Leviticus, and is it even necessary? In this episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast, Lisa asks guest Ellen Newman for help and clarity answering some of these questions. We hope…

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Then Sings My Soul

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17   Made for More I was studying Paul’s letter to the Corinthians for an upcoming teaching opportunity and came across a relatable (and absolutely adorable) video online. A large group of ducks contained by a hoarder…

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In the Fire

God uses many different types of stories to drive home points He wants us to learn. I think one of my favorite Bible Stories of all time is the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the lessons He has taught me through that. I want to dive deeper into the theme that has thoroughly changed how I look at…

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Pure

Over the last few months the word that has come up often, over and over, in my quiet time has been the word PURE. It has seeped from my quiet time into my every day, moment by moment living. As I have studied it, it has also become a kind of filter that guards my mind, heart and the words…

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Podcast 011 – “Adoption Q & A with Eryn Kesler”

In this episode, Lisa interviews guest, Eryn Kesler, about all things adoption. Eryn is wife to Matt, and together they are raising 5 amazing kids. If you are considering adoption, in the process of adoption, or care about someone who has adopted or is in the process, this episode is for you! Lisa and Eryn discuss all things adoption, from…

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Loving My Real Life

Let’s Be Honest. Every one of us has wanted life to be different in some way at some point: different house, different friends, different history, different body. The list could continue and is unique for each person. As a 14-year-old, I feel the pressure to be someone I’m not every day. I want to be accepted by my peers, appreciated…

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How to Study the Bible – The SOAP Method

A Rough First Outing I wish I could say that I instantly fell in love with reading the Bible. I actually found much frustration while digging into Scripture the first time.  I was a thirteen-year-old boy heading off to my first winter camp, with a youth group I had just begun attending. I anxiously asked my parents to buy me…

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Unchained and Uninhibited

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV   I have been thinking a lot about my Great Grandma Marge lately. I have a couple pictures of her tucked away in my room, a daily reminder of the gift she was to me….

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