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  • The Real Root of Brokenness that We Forget to Talk About [or When You Want to Turn Your Life Around]

    On Monday, March 03 rd, 2014
    It’s after I cut the squash right open. The two halves split and quartered there on the cutting board. After the paint brushes are washed out, after the pawns of chess game are all returned to their squares, after the potatoes are baked and served, the dinner plates are pushed back empty. The Farmer splits
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  • Don’t Read This. But READ THIS. Because WHO WOULD HAVE BELIEVED THIS would happen?

    On Thursday, February 20 th, 2014
    So there’s this 19-year-old cutter who laid down the blade in her hand and brandished a pen. And Mrs. Stoope, this 78-year-old Michigan grandma who has seven sons, her hair wrapped up in a white bun and has this Bic blue list she’s scrawled in her own hand, numbered now up over 10,000 graces. She
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  • [After the SuperBowl]
    Why It’s Good to Think About Losing This Week (Because This is How You Win)

    On Monday, February 03 rd, 2014
    In the middle of a stiff winter wind, she asks to go to the beach. That’s where she says she wants to celebrate the turning of her calendar year. To stand on the frozen snow and turn her face directly into whatever is coming this way. We’re the only ones there. Nothing can mean nothing,
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  • How to Live When You Only Have So Much Time Left [Pt. 1]

    On Monday, January 27 th, 2014
    Yeah, who knows how long we’ve got? Somebody answer us that. Somebody get up on your tipsy soapbox and wring just that out of a grimy, holy world. Flip over your neat little nursing chart and scan the scans of our broken hearts that somehow just keep on beating brave and you run your finger
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  • When You’re Desperate for More Than Barely Surviving Your Life

    On Monday, January 20 th, 2014
    On Saturday night when the snow falls large, like feathers from heaven’s tick, I kneel in the muck of the barn and milk a sow. Rub her udder, warm and swollen right heavy round, nudge at the vessel fullness of her, and wait for her drip. Wait for the sticky whiteness of her dripping sweet,
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  • What Jesus Said is a Life-Changer: The Sozo Habit
    [Camera Giveaway Winners]

    On Friday, January 10 th, 2014
    ‘I sit at the prayer bench before my bedroom window. Outside, our boys roll millions of flakes into a snow fort. I read the passage in the Bible open in front of me, one I remember from the musty basement of the Knox Presbyterian Church Sunday school. uh, yeah — I think I know this
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  • How to Know God’s Will for Your Life: The Art of Fully Living [Giveaway for DSLR Camera]

    On Wednesday, January 08 th, 2014
    When you are a musician and you stop counting — it’s like running around in the forest in the dark without a flashlight. That’s what the piano teacher said to the kid at the keys. Without counting, keeping the rhythm of grace,  life gets a bit like smashing into trees in the dark without a
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  • How to Move Forward into the New Year… when you feel like you failed the last year

    On Monday, December 30 th, 2013
    How Maggie Pluim knew to ask that question, I’ll never know. Grace has it’s unending ways. True, I had told her straight up that I had no intention of showing up for the church’s annual New Year’s Eve party with Marian Brubacher’s caramel popcorn and Viola Gingerich’s raspberry punch and Mr. Vaness’ countless rounds of
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  • The One Way You Can Keep Opening the Presents
    [a story in photos]

    On Friday, December 27 th, 2013
    So it came and went and she didn’t get it all done. And the basement was a mess and two of the boys got into a squabble and there was no ham, only soup, and somebody slammed a door — hard. And she’d smiled thinly… and then smiled relief. The One coming to the manger,
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  • The Shortest, Surest Way to All Happiness

    On Wednesday, November 27 th, 2013
    As stoves are turned on for feasts, as thanks to God is quietly offered up to God from all over the world, as kids print out and put up their own thanksgiving trees or Christmas trees, as homes and families prepare for a season of holi-days, holy-days, and the music is turned on low in the background
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  • Ending the Stealing of Thanksgiving: A Parable

    On Monday, November 25 th, 2013
    So there once was this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same
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  • How to Get Through When You Want to Give Up

    On Friday, November 22 nd, 2013
    from Desiring God president, and author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith,  Jon Bloom: Jon Bloom’s post last week: “Grumbling is a symptom of a myopic soul. Selfishness has caused tunnel vision and has fixated on a craving(s). Grumbling is evidence of soul-vision impairment. Gratitude is a
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