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Esther’s Bravery
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Esther’s Bravery

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Other Wrist
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Other Wrist

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The First Scar
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The First Scar

What man-made thing is now in heaven? The answer is the scars in Jesus’ hands, feet and side. The five crucifixion scars. After they had nailed him to the cross… Matthew 27:35a. My favorite account of the Holy Week story is found in Matthew. I believe it gives us the most insight into this crazy […]

The View from Here – This Mixed Up World
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The View from Here – This Mixed Up World

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

Notes From Ash Valentine’s Day
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Notes From Ash Valentine’s Day

For Lent the staff at my church are reading Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. This is how my first reading on Ash Valentine’s Day went: I wake slowly. Even when the day demands I rally quickly—when my kids leap on top of me with sharp elbows or […]

Cheers to Those Who Lean Into the Holy Tension
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Cheers to Those Who Lean Into the Holy Tension

I know this great guy. He used to be a camp counselor at a camp I regularly speak at. He’s just announced that he’s going to run as a state representative to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. If elected he’ll be the third youngest person ever sworn in. When he personally told me he was going […]

Justified in Your Unforgiveness
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Justified in Your Unforgiveness

“Being strong means you avenge any wrong done to you. If someone hits you or pushes you, you have to push back harder. You don’t just let things go, because if you do, people won’t stop pushing and taking until there’s nothing left of you.” That is a quote from this book Convicted: A Crooked Cop, […]

“Becoming What They Told Me I Was”
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“Becoming What They Told Me I Was”

I just finished reading a painful autobiography. It is the story of an African American man who was set up by the police and the police officer who set him up. The title is Convicted: A Crooked Cop, An Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship. Forgiveness is the brave part of […]

I Void Warranties
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I Void Warranties

We gave this button to our stepgrandson for Christmas because he is one of those who voids warranties on his electronics. There is not an electronic that intimidates him. We included this note with it: The button is more than funny. We do believe you do know how to void warranties and we support that. […]

Are You Beginning on the Wrong Path?
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Are You Beginning on the Wrong Path?

For much of our decision making, we lean hard into our intentions and pay very little attention to the direction of the path we’ve chosen… It breaks my heart how many people I speak with who don’t connect the dots between the choices they make and the outcomes they experience. People like this believe the […]

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