Guest Post – Give Him Just One

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People. We are used to multi-tasking, having our minds and lives firing in five different directions. At times we DO find ourselves on overload. When we do, what do we tend to do? And do well? Criticize ourselves. I am reminded of a time when I sat among a small group of gals in a Bible study setting. In that discussion time we were sharing our goals for the study. There was a mother of 4 small children who always need her attention.

In her frustration and complete weariness, she shared in depth about not having enough time for daily devotions and Bible study. She felt defeated and was basically giving up. Those in the group kept trying to help with creative ways to carve out enough time. Go to bed earlier, get up earlier, or even when they napped. This young mom was nearly in tears. I just sat and listened. This group was more worried about the quantity of time, rather then the quality.

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Guest Post: To the Weary Pastor’s Wife

There is no seminary course or Scripture reading plan that prepared me for being a pastor’s wife. Sure, there were tools that I was given and questions to think through. There were communication pointers and some wise words from those that went before me and somehow survived, but they didn’t really expound on how ugly the wrestle with temptation to shrink back would be. Or how maybe on the rough days even the temptation would be to just quit.

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Guest Post – Habit or Habitable?

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Churches on the brink have an interesting decision to make. They can sit on the precipice of irrelevance, close their eyes and pretending things will get better if they do what they have always done, choosing to believe that eventually what used to work will work again. They can choose to quit, just walk away from the community and the calling that started it all, or they can make a decision to change, to take a long hard look at who they were, who they are, and who they want to become. This third one is what the church we pastor has chosen. There is a constant struggle at our church to move forward; some still think the way it was is how it will be again if we do things like we used to, others don’t mind if some things change, but others just can’t be touched. It’s a catch 22 at times, but it’s also a wake up call for all church leaders.

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Guest Post – Is Your Christianity Attractive?

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Something gnawed at me.

I couldn’t identify it, but that something was there, like an internal siren trying to warn me.

One of my clients as an IT technician all but offered me a job under his purview. I was, of course, flattered at the offer, and the position definitely had its perks. It came with a modest increase in pay and the promise of summers off.

But as I contemplated the opportunity, that nagging feeling persisted. Finally, it hit me.

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Guest Post – The Picture of Understanding

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“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The Chinese proverb speaks to the image put in front of us, but what about when no actual image is offered? What if you just have words that cause your mind to paint the picture?

When teaching Hermeneutics a few years ago, we took a sharp look at the culture to help determine the possible meaning behind pictorial wording. The example used was, “Heap burning coals on his head…” from Romans 12, below:

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Guest Post – 5 Tips for a Better Prayer Life

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Who doesn’t long to have a better prayer life? I cannot think of one person who feels their prayer life is on par with where they want it to be. No matter how much they pray they always feel they could be doing it more. While I don’t have an anagram for you, here are some things that have helped me grow in my prayer life.

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