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  • September 23, 2023

    READ: GENESIS 8:22; PSALM 46:1-7; 104:19; HEBREWS 13:5-8 Today is an equinox! On two different days every year, day and night are the same length. All around the world, the day lasts twelve hours and so does the night. We call those days equinoxes. There are two different types of equinoxes: vernal and autumnal—one for [...]

  • August 10, 2023

    READ: HEBREWS 4:14-16 Anger. Sadness. Fear. These and other emotions can be tough to regulate, and it can make us wonder: are emotions even good? God made us with emotions, and they are good. They help us process hard things we face in our world that’s been broken by sin. And emotions can even help [...]

  • June 16, 2023

    READ: ISAIAH 61:10; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:8-12; PHILIPPIANS 1:6 When Jesus comes back, He’s going to make all sin go away. But you might ask, “How is He going to do that exactly? If doing wrong things is the problem and Jesus fixes it, what if someone sins again after that? I mean, I still sin even though [...]

  • June 15, 2023

    READ: ROMANS 8:19-25 Have you ever been to a wedding, and when the ceremony was over and it was time for the reception, you had to wait a long time to eat? At the weddings I’ve been to, it’s often the custom to wait to serve the reception meal until the bride and groom arrive, [...]

  • June 9, 2023

    READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:6-7 Have you ever visited a bulk food store for groceries? More and more of these environmentally-conscious shops are popping up as a way to help reduce waste and save money. There are lots of items you can buy in bulk from big bins and dispensers, instead of buying these same items [...]

  • May 19, 2023

    READ: ROMANS 8:28; 1 CORINTHIANS 13:12; REVELATION 21:1-5 It might seem odd, but I often think of kittens when I consider a very hard question: “Where is God with all the hurt going on?” It’s a question I ask a lot, especially since my husband is a news reporter, so I often get a front-row [...]

  • May 18, 2023

    READ: JOHN 1:14; 3:16-17; COLOSSIANS 1:12-14 I think being a professional kitten rescuer might be one of the cutest jobs in existence. But the practical realities of the job are anything but cute.  When a rescuer receives foster kittens into their home, these tiny rescue kittens need lots of attention, and the care they need is [...]

  • May 14, 2023

    READ: JOHN 14:18; REVELATION 21:1-5; 22:20 One semester, while my friend was taking a seminary class on Tuesday mornings, I’d watch her two-year-old daughter. These mornings were typically filled with coloring, reading books, eating snacks, and other fun things my friend’s daughter and I enjoyed doing together. One morning though, this dear little toddler was really missing [...]

  • April 18, 2023

    When we see injustice in the world, what should motivate us to act? As Christians, we believe God loves every person. God revealed His love for us on the cross—the place where Jesus gave up His life. Jesus suffered more injustice than anyone, and His self-sacrificing love is what motivates us to show that same [...]

  • March 9, 2023

    Saying goodbye is my least favorite thing. And my honorary “niece” agrees with me. . Last year, my husband and I bought a house with our dear friends from college—the parents of our aforementioned niece. We wanted to live in community and save money, and it has been such a joy for our two families [...]