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Friday 21st March 2014

He Loves Us That Much

He Loves Us That Much

The glass shattered, and somewhere on the other side of a broken garage window, my cousin’s carelessly tossed rock landed with a discernible thud. My cousin and I sprinted like mad for cover down an alleyway. A voice cried out after us: “You kids get back here!” We ducked behind a shed, and my ...

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Thursday 6th March 2014

I Gave Up My Love Idol for Lent. Now What??

I Gave Up My Love Idol for Lent. Now What??

I’m less than 48 hours in, and already,  I want to peek in the mirror. Especially after attempting to flat-iron my hair last night, before our Ash Wednesday service at church. And then again, I wanted to peek in the mirror, when Anna and I started laughing so hard that tears rolled our ...

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Monday 3rd March 2014

The Day a Kid Asked Me About “That Prostitute”

The Day a Kid Asked Me About "That Prostitute"

We could have dwelt on the fact that this woman was involved in – how shall I say this delicately – “the hospitality industry.” The woman did, in fact, have her very own red-light district under her very own roof. Says so, right there in the Bible, in the Book of ...

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Wednesday 20th February 2013

#TellHisStory: The Great Rescue

#TellHisStory: The Great Rescue

The morning’s first light, blue and mellow, pooled on the kitchen table. She lit a candle before the children awoke. She lit that candle like a torch, like it was the right way to honor the presence of something so lovely. She was answering the light with light.   She looked out toward ...

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Friday 24th February 2012

The Paradoxical Adoration of Misfits and Wretches

The Paradoxical Adoration of Misfits and Wretches

I stood by the organ that day, snapping frame after frame. I zoomed in, finding the baby — round and pink with wonder. And I moved the Nikon to find his beaming mother, with her soft eyes open wide. The pastor asked the Daddy to help sprinkle the water. I clicked the shutter, fighting ...

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Wednesday 24th March 2010

A Christian Family at a Passover Table

A Christian Family at a Passover Table

We’ll decorate the kitchen table with dying palm branches curling on the edges — the branches that we waved while shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!” We’ll ask the question: Why is this night different from all other nights? We’ll wash our daughters’ feet. ...

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Wednesday 24th March 2010

A Messianic Passover Seder for Families with Children

A Messianic Passover Seder for Families with Children

A Messianic Passover Seder for Families with Young Children Researched, written and compiled by Jennifer Dukes Lee(You may print and use. Feel free to make age-appropriate adjustments.) We participate in this meal on what is known in Christian tradition as “Maundy Thursday,” or the ...

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Friday 19th March 2010

That Was Then, This is Now

That Was Then, This is Now

Exactly one month ago, my favorite farmer was pushing snow from our driveway by bucket-loads. He’d come in at night, stamping snow from his boots, saying he’d run out of room to put it all. Where could he push another bucket-load? And I looked at the stacks and the piles in our ...

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Wednesday 17th March 2010

The Sin That So Easily Entangles

The Sin That So Easily Entangles

Sometimes the sin feels so heavy,we don’t know if we’ve the strength to heave it.That must have been how the woman felt that day, when she came to me crying. I was sitting at the lunch table, with half-a-dozen others at a women’s retreat. She grabbed my elbow and pleaded. ...

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