• Christian Devotionals

    Transformation Garden – March 25, 2019

    Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement: “Thank God in everything, no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus the Revealer and Mediator of that will.” I Thessalonians 5:18 Amplified Bible “When thou has truly thanked the Lord for…

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    Both Rest and Responsibility (April 14)

    “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14,15).IN THE GOSPEL THERE IS A HEALTHY BALANCE…

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    Security (April 14)

    “With all its alluring promise that someone else will guarantee for the rainy day, Social Security can never replace the program that man’s future welfare is, after all, a matter of individual responsibility” (Harold Stonier).THESE DAYS, WE TEND TO THINK THAT OUR SECURITY IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SOMEONE ELSE TO PROVIDE. The government program in…

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    Let Obedience Fall from Heaven

    He never should have seen her that day. He should have been at war, but instead he was at home on his couch. While he lay in comfort, his men died with courage. Against his better, more comfortable judgment, he decided to get a little exercise and take a walk. He strolled on the roof…

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    A Love Story: the Legacy of My Grandmother

    “Does your grandmother still live there?” eager learners ask me as I unfold a personal family story related to the history of American housing discrimination and redlining. In short, from 1933 to 1968, while increasing America’s housing stock, local, state, and federal housing policies mandated racial segregation. The government’s efforts were…

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    Confronting Wrongdoers — Northstar Community

    When do we address harm head-on?When do we confront "wrongdoers"?  Based on our conversation about the limits of forgiveness, addressing the harm with the wrongdoer is something that happens in an “in community” kind of relationship.  Or, I suppose, a relationship that generally has proven itself safe to do so.  There are harms that may…

  • Christian Devotionals

    Love in You Proves Jesus in You

    Published February 26, 2019 “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14 (NIV) Our love for one another is the fruit, not the root, of our relationship with God. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, taught that…