Pay No Attention to the Three Cs

This season, as you gather with friends and family and friends who have become family, there are bound to be some relational hiccups (euphemism is one of my spiritual gifts). Here are three things (that all conveniently start with the letter C) that you should give up engaging in or listening to so that you can thrive instead of merely survive during the holidays. Comparison You are a beloved child ...

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Don’t Forget to Breathe

In the midst of the hustle and bustle and stress and uncertainty of this holiday season, never, ever, ever, ever underestimate the power of stopping to breathe. It's powerful...and it's easy. Throughout the Old Testament the spirit of God is is described by the word ruah, which means breath. God is the breath of life. We cannot live without breathing, and we cannot live without God. So it is not surprising that ...

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Five No-Cost Gifts to Give

Gifts don't need to be things you can wrap. In fact, some of the best gifts aren't things at all. Here are five things that you can give this holiday season that will mean a lot and cost nothing--but a little time and effort on your part. One Make a list of people you know who are grieving a loss this holiday season--particularly those who are experiencing a first holiday ...

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Gospel According to Broadway

Hey friends, the new Gospel According to Broadway Bible Study is up and running. I thought I'd share the playlist of songs that the study pairs with different Bible stories and verses. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2jYmmMNTEfWDnlJoLIigbX?si=89bdb5380c9b4006 I'm actually going to see Waitress again tonight because country singer Jennifer Nettles is playing the lead character of Jenna for another week or so, and I think she'll be great in the role. Join us for the Gospel According ...

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Convicted By Covid Communion

Covid Communion--what I call communion using those little pre-made, plastic sealed cups that contain a tasteless wafer and half a swallow of grape juice--has been less than satisfying for me. I was blaming COVID. Turns out, it's me. https://youtu.be/Yt5W1koCXxQ Click below for Liturgy for Keeping Communion Holy Even While Using the Covid Cups Everyone Hates Download Communion Liturgy

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Gratitude on the Move In Action

We're a few days in to #gratitudeonthemove. To get you in the gratitude groove, here are a few examples of how some folks are putting their thankfulness in action. Tomorrow the Vaccine bus will be in our parking lot...so thankful for the science and the staff that will be sitting out in the cold tomorrow...baking cookies and making sure we have fresh coffee and hot chocolate for them. --JoAnne in ...

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Gratitude on the Move

It's November, and we all know what that means. Time to be grateful. So you’re thankful…now what? How will you live out that gratitude? Go beyond making lists or merely posting one thing your grateful for each day this month. Practice gratitude this Thanksgiving season by putting some feet on those things you're thankful for. Let what you are grateful for put you in motion. https://youtu.be/xpio4N9-HBU A few more examples of ...

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Fear Not! You Belong

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Of course you have! I don't care who you are, where you're from or how much of an insider you look like to others, we have all felt like we didn't belong. That is a really rotten (and scary) feeling. That you’re an outsider. That your life is somehow unacceptable. That you aren't enough. Click and check out Matthew 9:9-14 . That’s probably how Matthew had ...

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Stress: A Dressed-Up Word for Fear

This Spooky Season is a good time to remember that while fear is fun during Halloween, it is not our natural state of being--or at least it shouldn't be. Fear Not is a persistent message in our scriptures. There's a reason for that. It's good for us not to be afraid. https://youtu.be/vcXvEKbHZI0 Of course, even the most faithful among us will still experience fear and stress and worry. That's just part ...

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