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Who Is My Neighbor? How Jesus Calls Out Passivity

From the time I could speak, I watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. One of my first sentences was, Hi neighbor. Much of my childhood was spent visiting my neighbors on my street. I had a very concrete idea of who my neighbors were until I began to really study Scripture.When asked what the greatest commandment is,... Read more

6 Things to Do When You Are Disappointed in Your Life

Tears streamed down my cheeks. My daughter walked up to me as I tried to dry my face. Mom are you okay? she asked. Yes, sweetie. I just need a minute. The past several months had been filled with personal disappointments. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.Later that evening, my husband and I had a... Read more

10 Things to Never Say to Your Spouse under Stress

My husband and I just celebrated our fourteenth anniversary. Compared to many marriages, our union is still a mere teenager.Yet, in our time together, we have sustained times of grief, sickness, job loss, wear and tear of household appliances, buying and selling of houses, and the raising of two kids. I can honestly say, we... Read more

Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice

Injustice is the violation of the right or rights of another (Merriam Websters Dictionary). The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests again gun and police violence against the African American community. The cries against injustice have been many and vocal across America. Many Christians remain divided as to when and how to... Read more

A Prayer for a Heart That Needs to Lament

Over the past several days, weeks, and months, human hearts have cried out in hurt, frustration, anger, and despair. Feelings of isolation, depression, mistrust, fear, and confusion have overwhelmed the world. As pandemic and violence swept across the earth, we sometimes wonder how, or even if, God will respond. A sense of helplessness pervades. In... Read more

Should Christians Expect an Ungodly World to Live up to Godly Standards?

If I walked up and asked anyone at church this particular question, the person would likely say, no. However, the assumptions and judgments we carry reveal a different answer. For instance, when we hear of a couple who has moved in together before marriage, our judgement radar goes into overdrive. Or when we hear foul... Read more

Does God Promise Everything Will Be Alright?

On March 4, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an eleven-day trip to Israel. While the Coronavirus was making the news when we left, it had not become a factor within the United States. By the time our trip was over, schools and churches were going digital and the President had declared... Read more