• 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
  • Passion Week: A Silent Saturday Reflection

    Scripture for Today  Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!  My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have ...

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    Passion Week: A Silent Saturday Reflection
  • Passion Week: A Good Friday Reflection

    Scripture for Today 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema ...

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    Passion Week: A Good Friday Reflection

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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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Waiting

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 times of the year. I love seeing little ones giddy with excitement. They’ve been waiting since before Thanksgiving when store shelves abruptly traded turkeys and leaves for…

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Podcast 009 – “Comfort in the Desert”

“For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.”  Isaiah 51:3 Dry seasons can be overwhelming. Life brings experiences and situations that are bigger than our human flesh can endure…

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Tangible Bright Redemption – Indonesia Part 2

We rounded the corner of the narrow street. Our van honked outside a large iron gate, and it creaked abrasively as it slid open. Even before our van could pull inside the gate, we heard squeals and screams of delight and anticipation, all in very bold unison, coming from the home in front of us. As our van parked a…

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Hope Rising – Indonesia Trip Part 1

We walked along the beaten down and dusty, narrow path. Garbage was scattered along the way and plates of fermenting rice were set out in front of several of the cinder block and brick buildings. We turned the corner and continued our journey to Center One. School had just gotten out and children, all sporting camouflage uniforms, were getting rides…

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Leaning into God in the Desert

The Tears of Blessing I was sitting in church, and before I knew they were coming, tears were rolling down my cheeks. As the worship team started singing, the tears began flowing. I didn’t even know why at first. It was like my heart knew what God was about to show me before my head did. As the verse turned into the chorus…

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