When I was a teacher I began each of my classes with a personal question that the students would answer on a note card. These questions ranged from surface level things like “what’s your favorite cereal?” to more philosophical things like “Do the ends justify the means? Explain”. The most difficult questions for students to…

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We’re five days into 2018 and I’ve already had some laughable meltdowns. I am both the perpetrator and the victim here because I have zero chill when it comes to goals. I shoot for the moon and feel guilt and shame when I don’t master a new language, write-edit-and-publish a book, or wake up before…

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As the year comes to an end and the New Year quickly approaches, it’s important to look back as we also look ahead. This reflective guide focuses on four components of our lives: our spiritual lives, our relationships, our physical health and our emotional health. As we look at these four areas, the guide invites…

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Unfortunately for me and everyone within earshot, my favorite Christmas hymn happens to be the most difficult to sing. A challenge, yes, but the lyrics compel me to beckon my inner Mariah and let the pipes roar. I find most Christmas songs cheeky, but this one destroys me in the best possible way. Melody aside,…

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“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21) By definition, treasures are anything that we value, cherish, or prize. They’re typically associated with money, but technically speaking anything could…

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As we consider how to prioritize seeking first the kingdom of God in the craziness of the holiday season, it is important to identify what keeps us from doing so. Since I have a large spattering of random things that seem to keep me from seeking God’s kingdom first, I’ve tried to narrow it down…

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