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We are a Jesus-following, Bible-believing, ordinarily orthodox gathering of Christians writing about faith, theology, and life.
We are a Jesus-following, Bible-believing, ordinarily orthodox gathering of Christians writing about faith, theology, and life.

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"In all those memories God was doing all the work. I was the squawking, ruffled gull – maybe I wasn’t yelling, maybe I was even singing, but the wind was too strong for me to glide in. So God let me perch on him. I was that seal, too – swimming against the waves, diving, jockeying for position all day. So he let me lay on him in the sun until I smiled under my whiskers. God stayed tall in the waves. Even the tidal waves. He didn’t tip. He didn’t sink."

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“Love God? I can try. Love my neighbor? I’ll do my best. Love myself? — are you joking? I don’t even like who I am. I expend so much energy trying to just appear presentable to the world.”

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"When I’m praying, my mind is noisy with opinions, plans, joys, fears, celebrations, anxieties, and other miscellany. Even without sound, the way God hears my 'quiet time' is probably the way we would hear a thrash metal concert on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange during a hurricane. At my very best, my 'quiet time' prayer is a rambling soliloquy." #meditation   #contemplation   #ThomasMerton   #MotherTeresa  

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"Scars are like stones of remembrance, saying God was here and He helped me. We suffered deeply. He sent us platelets and fibrin, prayer and friends. He fixed us up. We healed. I was down but not out. Blind but now I see." 

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"I think if we knew what this truly entailed—that God’s “newness” is not likely to come on our own terms, within our own framework—we probably wouldn’t ask. On the other hand, if we really understood who we are, children desperately wanting for the redeeming transformative grace of God, we would never ask for anything less."

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"In our very best moments, such as being captivated by a worship service, experiencing beauty in music, the love of a companion, we may feel that we have come in contact with something great, something we wish we could hold onto or make to last forever. But nothing ever does. Even as we pray, commune, or sing praises to God, we may feel the hint of his presence, yet long for more." --+Michael Middaugh 

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"The liturgical season lasts 12 days, until Epiphany on January 6. Until then, let’s make a point to claim the joy of Jesus’ birth and draw it close to ourselves. Let’s show up to our own lives with the intent to party. Let’s ask Him to cause us to bubble up and spill over with the good work He is doing, even now." --+Elizabeth Sallie 

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"God knows we are longing and his responses will come in time as we pray and wait. While we do, can we make room in our hearts for his response? Can we make room to say that he reigns despite what the answer will be? Can we let the blessing flow to whatever part of our hearts are most darkened by our hurts? Can we let Him rule with truth and grace? If so, we might be in store for a majestic display of the wonders, wonders, of his love."--+Ana Lopez van Balen 

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"This ought to be suffocating: how could I, in my mess of defilement, be joined to the pure Christ?" 

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"Because the reality is, that every day is an advent, an opportunity for God to come with new mercies."--+Juliet Vedral 
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