The Opportunity of the Fire
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:04 -0400

The Great Mystery does not cause terrible things to happen to punish us or teach us a lesson or make us stronger. Instead, the Holy Spirit helps us to make the best of any tragedy.

Author: Jennifer Brownell
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123
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:04 -0400

I am 59, with a few things I am proud of doing, and good work still to do, I hope. What would I do if I had the gift of 123 years? What would you?

Author: Martha Spong
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I Believe We Will Win!
Sun, 25 Oct 2020 00:00:03 -0400

The person on the bullhorn began, ‘I believe we will win! I believe we will win!’ I repeated the words with the crowd, but inside I was asking, ‘Is this true?’

Author: Vince Amlin
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I’m Back!
Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400

Jesus told us not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. It is only when we face and overcome our fears of death that we become free to live.

Author: Kenneth Samuel
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Burning
Fri, 23 Oct 2020 00:00:01 -0400

God, set fire to our hearts instead of the world: that we can learn to live with and not against the Earth, and the people who know Her best.

Author: Molly Baskette
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Dude in the Ditch
Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:03 -0400

The burning question of the parable is: Are you willing to be rescued by someone you despise, someone you assume despises you?

Author: Matt Laney
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Longing for Sanctuary
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:04 -0400

Despite our longing to be back in the sanctuary, God’s steadfast love is not limited to a physical space. God’s love is our true sanctuary.

Author: Talitha Arnold
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Vashti
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:04 -0400

As a model of strength and self-possession, I didn’t think Vashti could get any better. I was wrong.

Author: Quinn Caldwell
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Shackles of Defeat
Mon, 19 Oct 2020 00:00:03 -0400

Paul took the chains of the state and preached fearless liberation. The state may have had him in shackles, but he would be bound to nothing but the love of God.

Author: Kaji Dousa
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Keeping Promises
Sun, 18 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400

If your beloved children show up in our church, whether as children or as elders, we will love and care for them as our own, as God’s own. Will you please do the same?

Author: Vince Amlin
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They Sang a Hymn
Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:05 -0400

If you’re of a certain age, you remember freedom songs above the blows and snarling dogs. It’s no surprise that when despots come to power, they first purge the poets and singers.

Author: Mary Luti
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Virtual Shepherds
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 00:00:01 -0400

I see you, fellow shepherd, and you are amazing. You’ve MacGyvered quarantine church. Your pluck is one way to be what 1 Peter calls ‘an example.’

Author: Jennifer Brownell
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What’s in a Name?
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:03 -0400

Hospitality requires willingness to be uncomfortable but not unsafe. It requires placing the last first and the first last. We must work hard to get it right.

Author: John Edgerton
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Insatiable Truth
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:04 -0400

In elementary school, many lunches never made it into the intended students’ bodies as they were traded for desserts, pencils, or even coveted spots in line next to crushes.

Author: Phiwa Langeni
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Don't Congratulate a Cat on its Landing
Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:00:02 -0400

If you hear one crying out for help, don’t listen in dispassionately like you’re a scientist performing an experiment on resilience, waiting to see how things turn out. Step up.

Author: Lillian Daniel
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