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Plant a thought and reap a word; plant a word and reap an action; plant an action and reap a habit; plant a habit and reap a character; plant a character and reap a destiny. — Episcopal bishop John Beckwaith, 1885 On Sunday, we learned about the three seasons of relationships: perfection...


Posted by Crystal Brashear on

Humility. It means to see oneself as right-sized, as neither bigger nor smaller than one truly is. If you’re still searching for a good New Year’s resolution, humility might be one to consider. In my work with clients, I have noticed that when people struggle with self-esteem and...

Gratitude For Grace

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On his blog, Dr. Tony Evans once made a very important distinction: “God says to give thanks in everything. That doesn’t mean you need to give thanks FOR everything. You don’t need to give thanks FOR that bad day. Or FOR that bad relationship. Or being passed over at work...

Structural Integrity

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The church is not a building. Or is it? When God gave instructions for the tabernacle to be built, he was very, very specific. There were to be a certain number of curtains, all of specific cubit lengths, made out of certain colors, with loops and clasps. There were to be poles of a certain...

Uphill Habit Choices For Relationships

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Relationships are messy. That’s because broken people comprise them. Yes, those of us who have trusted Christ have been proclaimed righteous. But we are not yet what we will, by God’s grace, fully become. In the meantime, we live in a world broken by sin and ruled by a cruel prince...

The Outsider

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remember that you were at that time separated from Christ…having no hope and without God in the world. — Ephesians 2:12 Being a junior high girl can be rough. As I look back on it now, it wasn’t that other kids were really mean to me. I wasn’t bullied or overtly...

The Glance Of Mercy

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I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed...

That's Grace

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As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” — 1 Peter 1:15–16 Be holy. Ok, right. Holy. I, who have fallen short of holiness in a hundred ways over the past week alone. Be holy in all your...

We Walk

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He walked, the dust of the Jericho ground swirling up in little puffs around his feet. In silence, he walked. For hours, he walked, his fellow Israelites mutely trudging along with him. The trumpets blasted continually, the sound cutting through the stillness. The whole city watched with bated...

Fear Of What Others Think

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The LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. — Deuteronomy 4:24 Last week, a close friend called to tell me that he had just heard a really destructive rumor about me. Because he knows me, he didn’t believe it when he heard it, and he told the person who shared it with him...

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