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My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God
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My In-God’s-Face Friendship with God

This is not the trite “Jesus is my friend” shallow Christians like to talk about. Yes, I am making a judgment here. (It’s not my first time.) When I hear someone using that phrase to describe Jesus I can safely assume that 1. They are a new Christian; 2. They have a shallow faith that […]

The Lie You Tell Yourself That God is Not Enough
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The Lie You Tell Yourself That God is Not Enough

I am so lucky to be leading this teen girls’ Bible study from my local church I serve we call Peace Girls. It’s all about “wasted time” to just talk so we can find peace in our lives. After 37 years of youth ministry, today’s teens struggle way more with anxiety than they do peer […]

The Silliness of Finding Your Soul Mate
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The Silliness of Finding Your Soul Mate

“I feel like a part of my soul has loved you since the beginning of everything. Maybe we’re from the same star.” ― Emery Allen Oh sheesh. The mystical magic of love. That is not real. This was just one of many beautiful yet sappy quotes on finding your soul mate. Then I went to […]

You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You
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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You

There are two stories that follow each other in Luke chapter 5 that I discovered have a unique Bravester connection to each other. The first story is one of the disciples first experiences with Jesus: One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him […]

A Lent Thought on Body Image
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A Lent Thought on Body Image

In my job I work with a lot of teen girls which means body image issues are prevalent. They always have been. It doesn’t matter what decade (and I’ve got nearing 4 decades accumulated of working with teen girls). Yet every decade something new must be hated about our bodies. Now we have the “thigh […]

The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season
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The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season

“The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God saw fit to place the regions for creation and excreting together. As Saint Augustine famously put it, ‘We are born between feces and urine.’“ Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, Disquiet […]

I Used To See God as a Toymaker
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I Used To See God as a Toymaker

I have always struggled with the idea of God feeling any real love towards His creation. Through the influence of certain churches and individuals, I have always seen God as a toymaker; He creates us for his own personal pleasure, but feels no genuine love towards us, and does not see us as having legitimate […]

Insight from a Former “Actor”
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Insight from a Former “Actor”

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 […]