Burned but Not Consumed

I love a good fire. They are relaxing, calming and a great way to end a day. The logs, however, are always consumed. I was reading a book called Falling Upward when I read this quote. It left me eyes wide

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Not a Sinner

”A sinner saved by grace” is a common declaration made by Christians. To be honest, I have always struggled with this phrase. I have decided it’s a phrase that doesn’t reflect me. I am not a sinner saved by grace.

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The Pharisee in Me

I like to be right. I will argue my point. I will stand my ground. In my house, all of us like to be right, and take great pleasure in proving someone else wrong. The family banter is fun, but

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Why I Believe

It’s supposed to be spring in Minnesota, but nine inches of new snow has given me reason to doubt. I believe, if we are honest with ourselves, we all have times of doubt. We all have questions. I grew up

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Change Me

We all have those days when the best parts of us are hidden from those we love. We say things we don’t intend. We are harsh and unkind. There may have been such an incident in our house, recently. I

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Resurrection

Volkswagen vans are an icon of the 1960s, When I see them on the road today, they are generally full of rust and barely running. They look run down, and ready to retire.  Once in awhile, I see one that

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Searching

Searching for answers is part of the human condition. We all have different questions, but want the right answer. Is that the right approach? I had a random, yet inspiring conversation after church this week. The conversation was mostly about

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Enslaved

I learned a new word, mizriam (mitsrayim). It’s the Hebrew word for Egypt, the promise land, of a territory and people, and it’s also a name. So what? Well, it is a reference to a place, but as I was

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Rocks in Our Heart

I can go about my days assuming my current state is just who I am. Have you ever said, “It’s just my personality?” I would often make that  reference when talking about my negative personality traits. It was a way

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Did You Learn Anything

It was dark and snowing. My parents didn’t want me to head back to my apartment due to the weather. I was young and dumb. I insisted that with Dad’s truck I’d be fine. Finally, he gave in and sent

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