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Join our contributors on a journey through the wisdom of Scripture most relevant to modern life's daily challenges. Explore the great ideas the bible has for managing life's pace and pressure while living with calm and steadiness.
For Your Weekend: The Fruit of Forgiveness Is…Forgiveness

September 16, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 18:21–35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” [And] Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21–22). [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Most Important Thing

September 9, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 18:15–20
My daughter received an intriguing text from her boyfriend. It read, I am so embarrassed. I have to leave work.” Apparently, his office shares one small bathroom, and when he failed to lift the seat, [...]

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For Your Weekend: Two Types of Wisdom

September 2, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 16:21–27
You may not know this about me, but I am a royal watcher. I researched their scandals, followed their family drama, and even cried when Queen Elizabeth II died. You can imagine my delight when my children’s babysitter handed me a book with Kate Middleton’s face on it. [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Hard Rock Life for Us

August 26, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 16:13–20
As I write this, I’m sitting on the banks of a river in West Virginia. We come here every year. Rising twelve feet from the middle of the river is a massive rock, seventy feet long by fifty feet wide. [...]

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Learning to Lean on God—Applying Proverbs 3:5–6 to Daily Life

August 25, 2023

I believe that America’s greatest idols are self-autonomy and self-reliance. It is all too easy for our identity to become wrapped up in ourselves—to be “self-made” women: 

to be the best at what we set out to do 
to have a “perfect” self-care regime 
to be that healthy #bossbabe who drinks eight glasses of water a day
to have an immaculately clean house while being a fully present wife and mother

Our culture feeds us the lie that we only need to listen to our “personal truth” (whatever that is) to find happiness and wisdom.  [...]

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For Your Weekend: Lessons from an Unlikely Source

August 19, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 15:21–28
In this week’s gospel, I have no doubt that if I had been the Canaanite woman, I would have been tempted to walk away from Jesus—offended and hurt. And yet this woman, a Gentile who does not know Scripture or Jewish tradition, [...]

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For Your Weekend: The Perfect Storm

August 12, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 14:22–33
We recently had some powerful summer storms come through our small Pennsylvania town. It was as though the skies opened up just seconds before I had to leave to pick up my youngest son from camp. I drive a big car, [...]

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How to Live the Abundant Life in John 10:10

August 11, 2023

One of my favorite verses in Scripture is John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I love that Jesus' desire for us is not merely to exist or cope with our circumstances but to live abundantly. [...]

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For Your Weekend: Rocky Mountain Jesus High

August 5, 2023

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Matthew 17:1–9
A few years ago, my family and I spent a month volunteering at a youth camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Week after week, groups of teens would come from all over the West Coast for activities, talks, [...]

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A Future of Hope in Jeremiah 29:11

August 4, 2023

In the midst of uncertainty, when we do not know which path to take; during the seasons of our life when the seas are stormy, and Jesus appears to be sleeping in the boat; in times of darkness, when grief has a stronghold on our heart, [...]

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