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Friday 18th April 2014

The Truth about God’s PreApproved Love for You

The Truth about God's PreApproved Love for You

The sky was so gray that day, and even the stained glass looked dull. It was Good Friday. An intern at our country church had hauled in this gigantic cross, and laid it down at the front of the church. She had set folding chairs around the wooden beams. Nails had been tossed upon the […]

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Tuesday 25th March 2014

Featured #TellHisStory Writers: Tim Kreider (with Shawn Smucker)

Featured #TellHisStory Writers: Tim Kreider (with Shawn Smucker)

Refuse to Drown (an excerpt) by Tim Kreider (with Shawn Smucker The counselor, Alec’s mother, and I watched him process this new information, trying to determine the next step in the discussion, but my son Alec began laughing quietly to himself and shaking his head. After a few seconds, he ...

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Monday 27th January 2014

How to Find The Holy Ground

How to Find The Holy Ground

It was just after dawn on Sunday morning. I was washing raspberries at the kitchen sink, and thinking ahead to Monday. My friend Paula had spent the weekend with us, and when she came into the kitchen, she startled me with her gasp. “Jennifer!” she cried out. “Look. Look ...

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Tuesday 10th December 2013

#TellHisStory: How to Have a Guilt-Free Christmas

#TellHisStory: How to Have a Guilt-Free Christmas

We came home from Haiti last week, wrecked. While we were gone, our country had been strung in blinking lights and decked with signs screaming “50 percent off!” Our feet were still dirty, covered in the dust of third-world Haiti. And all the consumerism choked us for days. We vowed ...

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Friday 6th December 2013

Finding Christmas in the Carol (A Warm Story For A Cold Day)

Finding Christmas in the Carol (A Warm Story For A Cold Day)

It was the woman in the nightgown, leaning over her walker and dabbing tears with the back of her hand while we sang at her doorway. That’s when Christmas came down and curled up in my heart. That woman — wrinkled and frail and bent — made me know how much Jesus loves us. And ...

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Friday 29th November 2013

A Black Friday Miracle: #HomeForTheHolidays

A Black Friday Miracle: #HomeForTheHolidays

Haiti, Black Friday 2013 – In some checkout of some WalMart somewhere in North America, shoppers were slamming against each other – elbow to jagged elbow – fighting for the best deal. Somewhere, it happened– People who were thankful for the blessings over turkey on Thursday, were scouring ...

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Wednesday 13th November 2013

#TellHisStory: Why We Need Your Story

#TellHisStory: Why We Need Your Story

I’ve always had a pen in my hand. I used to write news stories in my Sesame Street notebook, in fake cursive. My family tells me that one of my first words as a child was “why.” So it made sense that I grew up to become a news reporter. I wore fancy suits, and […]

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Monday 28th October 2013

We Can Stop Apologizing for Who We Are (What I Learned from Allume)

We Can Stop Apologizing for Who We Are (What I Learned from Allume)

So, sometimes you have to fly far out of your safe zone to discover who you really are … and to realize you don’t have to apologize anymore. I was half a country away from home, at a bloggers’ conference called Allume in South Carolina. About 450 souls gathered there to link ...

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Tuesday 15th October 2013

#TellHisStory: When You Want to Believe It’s Still Safe to HOPE

#TellHisStory: When You Want to Believe It's Still Safe to HOPE

There are days, sometimes whole seasons, where you stare blankly out the window at all that you’ve planted — every dream, every seed, every good deed, every tear-stained prayer. And it’s all blowing in the wind. You cross your arms tight around you, like it might be the only ...

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