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  • June 14, 2024

    READ: ROMANS 5:8-11; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:16-21; EPHESIANS 6:19-20 Would you like to be an ambassador to a foreign country and work in an embassy? You’d live in that foreign country and be able to speak for your country’s leader, because you would be their official representative. Did you know that the land the embassies are [...]

  • June 12, 2024

    READ: ROMANS 8; 1 PETER 2:9-10 My hands shook with my effort not to take The List out of my pocket. You can’t control me, I whispered through gritted teeth. I just wanted to walk into this building full of, I imagined, lovely people and be okay. Two steps from the door, my fingers curled [...]

  • June 10, 2024

    READ: PSALM 13:1-6 How long, God? Why is it taking forever for things to get better? Why can’t my life turn around and be all that I hoped for? Why do you feel so far from me? How long, God, is it going to feel like this? How long can I survive like this? You [...]

  • June 8, 2024

    READ: PSALMS 19:1-4; 148:1-14; ISAIAH 55:12 A silver moon,a single star,shining in the morning dark.Waves are gentlyrolling in,riding on the restless wind.Sleek and smooth,sands lie fresh,washed by the ocean’s salty breath.Daybreak beamssoft and bright,rejoicing in the coming light!So may we,with hope revived—praise Him with the morning tide. Today’s poem was inspired by a moment when [...]

  • June 6, 2024

    READ: 1 SAMUEL 17; 2 TIMOTHY 1:9-10 Dear Mother, Grandfather’s stories are true. The giant smells. Now his stories feel like mine. But I suppose that’s the purpose of a story. To let you know you’re not alone. It might be the giant’s breath or body, but we could smell it from a mile away. [...]

  • June 4, 2024

    READ: MATTHEW 5:43-47; JOHN 16:29-33 My brother was selected to participate in his middle school’s play, so my family gladly showed up to watch the performance. While we sat in the audience, some unknown person crept into the parking lot and broke into our minivan. Although the would-be thief found nothing to steal, this individual [...]

  • June 2, 2024

    READ: JOHN 15:12-17; ROMANS 5:10-11 When you look around at school or at church, how can you tell which people are friends with each other? It’s pretty easy, right? They hang out together. They choose to sit near each other, they talk and laugh and update each other on their lives. They might do things [...]

  • May 31, 2024

    READ: ISAIAH 61:1-3; LAMENTATIONS 3:22-26; LUKE 4:14-21 Picture this. You’re standing barefoot on the shores of a beautiful ocean. As you walk along the water’s edge, breathing in the salty air and feeling the cool spray of the sea, you stop. You’ve seen something that catches your eye: a little orange starfish just offshore. You [...]

  • May 29, 2024

    READ: MARK 13:11; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:5-9; 1 PETER 2:12; 3:13-18 Have you ever eaten sprouts—like bean sprouts with rice noodles or broccoli sprouts with salad? They’re crunchy, delicious, and nutrient-dense. And they’re pretty easy to grow! Recently, I started growing my own sprouts. I took a seed mix, sprinkled it onto a sprouting tray, put [...]

  • May 27, 2024

    READ: JOHN 11:28-36, HEBREWS 4:14-16 Composed of just two little words, John 11:35 is recognized as the shortest verse in the entire Bible; John simply wrote, “Jesus wept.” Because of how short it is, this verse is quite well known among Christians, but have you ever given much thought to its implications? The verses surrounding [...]