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    Heart Crafted: Connecting with Others in Meaningful Ways

    Nearly twenty years ago, I felt impressed to step outside my comfort zone and connect with the people around me in meaningful ways. As an introvert, I found this to be extraordinarily difficult. But I was up to the task.   Around that same time, God put into my heart…

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    The Law Of The Fast: The Forgotten Commandment

    Fasting has always been one of my least favorite disciplines.   It is known by some as the “forgotten commandment”, and I personally have spent a good part of my life intentionally avoiding it.   Recently, however, I gained some insights into this ancient practice that I feel apply to…

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    Let Your Light So Shine: Sharing God with the World

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)   A NEW WAY TO SHINE In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good…

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    Getting Through The Hard Times: You Are Not Alone

    “How can we get through hard times?” she asked the class. My friend was leading Sunday’s discussion in our class of 7 & 8-year-olds. “Have you ever experienced something that was hard?” she continued. Hands shot up all around us as each child shared their experience of hard times, as…