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  • How in this World Do You Find Joy? ……. {Holy Week: Part 4}

    On Thursday, April 05 th, 2012
    In the middle of Passion Week, we work dirt. We pick stones off the field, haul off rocks to ready a seed bed. There are eggs in an incubator downstairs in a closet. The whole world is this ticking, waiting, readying thing, on the brink of something cosmic, on the brink of the Biggest Bang
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  • Figuring Out the Cross-Centered Life

    On Wednesday, April 04 th, 2012
    {This is part of a series this week on preparing hearts for Easter. Part 1 of A Holy Week can be found here Part 2 of a Holy Week: A Family Activity for Passion Week can be found here} On the road to Calvary… two years ago this week… Life only emerges from black depths.
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  • 3 Bowls & a Crown of Thorns on Holy Week … {A Holy Week: Day 2}

    On Tuesday, April 03 rd, 2012
    {This is part of a series this week on preparing hearts for Easter. Part 1 of A Holy Week can be found here} Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a
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  • If You Want to Start Your Holy Week off Well {A Holy Week: Day 1}

    On Monday, April 02 nd, 2012
    My Grandma, she told me if you found a man who’d weep over a story — that was a man you could marry. The morning of Palm Sunday, the porridge boils over and burns on the stove. Hope tries on three dresses, slumps into the kitchen and declares she has nothing to wear. Shalom can’t
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  • The Best Easter Dinner {with a Free Printable} {Start a Christian Tradition: Messianic Seder}

    On Wednesday, March 28 th, 2012
    I shouldn’t have been surprised when the questions came, all these questions rushing like a river searching…. God knew. He knew how all the kids would ask questions. : ::   All the kids asking questions — wasn’t that the prophesy? “When your children ask their fathers in the time to come…’” (Joshua 4:21). And
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  • A Family Christian Activity for Easter ……. Make a Grace Garden {A Visual Parable}

    On Friday, March 23 rd, 2012
    Back there in the beginning, we all fell in a garden. And Christ, He falls to the ground in the garden of Gethsemane. And He begins to right our fall. So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt, and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace, and we make a
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  • What to Do When You feel like a Loser…

    On Wednesday, March 14 th, 2012
    It’s half way through Lent and forget that sign of of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like
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  • Free Easter Devotional Book to Make a Jesus Easter Tree

    On Wednesday, February 22 nd, 2012
    I can’t seem to follow through in giving up for Lent. Which makes me want to just give up Lent. Which makes me question Who I am following. Which may precisely be the point of Lent. Last week, I’m standing on a table, snapping the shutter on a bouquet of roses, when by brother calls.
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  • How Do We Really Treat Jesus?

    On Wednesday, May 18 th, 2011
    In front of Mrs. Gillie’s entire grade six classroom, Kadie Miller* said I was butt-ugly. Did you pick out your own get-up today or did your butt-ugly mama dress you? Sandy Goetz* laughed. That afternoon when the bus doors cranked open and I was finally free, I ran up our gravel lane, and Lissa Turscott*
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  • Practice Resurrection: Tomb-Centered Christianity?

    On Wednesday, May 04 th, 2011
    We go to the woods to witness the rising. We have front row seats at the edge of the marsh. We wait. The dog splashes too loud. We wait longer. It’s true: It could be said that I don’t believe in the resurrection of Christ.   We wait for the pond to open, for the frogs
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  • What if more than celebrating Easter- we lived it?

    On Wednesday, April 27 th, 2011
    When dead bodies walk, who can not talk? When the Farmer reads Scripture aloud, what he does for us at the close of every meal, turning the thin pages of the Gospel of Mark right after Easter — I hear the whisper of wild hope. He reads Scripture and the words make me see it
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  • What an Easter Monday Faith looks like

    On Monday, April 25 th, 2011
    ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair – We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!’ ~ John Paul II ‘All new life comes out of the dark places, and hasn’t it always been? Out of darkness, God spoke forth creation. That wheat round and ripe across all these fields, they swelled as hope
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