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Working together as one in Jesus

“Quick! Who’s good at shooting rubber bands? Get them to the front! We’ve only got a few minutes left!” What could God possibly teach us while racing around a sports complex, careening through a mass of over 1,000 teenagers? As it turns out,...

When success requires failure

Just when I thought I’d heard all my preacher-brother’s sermon illustrations, he told a new one in church a couple weeks ago. “Why do you think God put Philippians 4:13 in the Bible?” Jim asked us. (Being the good congregation that we are, we...

Lighthouses and shipwrecks

A couple weeks ago, I sat at our dining room table writing a devotional. As I tapped away on my laptop, I talked out loud to myself. “Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone else’s storm…” My oldest son chose that moment...

Trusting in the dark

There’s dark and then there’s really, really dark. The first time I experienced complete, total darkness was inside Marvel Cave, a huge cave not too far from our little town. The cave is enormous (they’ve even flown an air balloon inside it!) and...

You don’t have to be afraid

I know it’s not real. I know it’s just fake. But still, it startles me nearly every time I catch a glimpse of it in our basement. And I don’t startle easily. (I run a daycare, after all!) 🙂 We “acquired” it when my boys and I traveled a...