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I don’t know when I became a Christian

I don’t remember the date of my conversion. Some people have tremendous stories of how they came to believe in and know Jesus. I love their stories. They have dramatic examples of God meeting and rescuing them, but that is not my experience. I can’t remember the date, and even if I could, I wouldn’t […]

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Our Finest Gifts

It didn’t matter what he said. It didn’t matter how loud or how well he played that old snare, there was rarely more than a glance in his general direction. Anyone who happened to make eye contact, looked away as quickly as possible. A young boy on the streets playing for change was troubling, and […]

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Come, Emmanuel

Advent is not a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the manger but a time to long for the coming of the Savior. –Robert Weber Advent is a season of anticipation, a season of hope, love, joy, and peace. Peace in this context is more than the absence of fighting. It is shalom, […]

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Advent in the present

“I don’t understand how you guys an be surrounded by this and still be so concerned with what’s happening next.” We were in the woods for three weeks, canoeing and backpacking through the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The point of our journey was growing together as a community. The challenges of the wilderness would […]

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I’ll pray for just about anything

I’ll pray for just about anything. I’ve asked God to bless a McDonald’s meal and thanked him for the “nourishment.” I have prayed for girls to like me. I have prayed for help in the batter’s box. And yes, I’ll admit it, I have even prayed for my sports teams. As a longsuffering Cubs fan, […]

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