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Safe Water

A few weeks ago I spent 4 nights camping "up north," being lulled to sleep each evening by the sound of the water tumbling over rocks in the river nearby.

Let’s Pray Now

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I have long been captivated by the

The Holy Spirit Is Real

Before Jesus left earth, he promised the Holy Spirit to live in us continually. He is the comforter, who would bear our burdens, urge us to pray, or pray for

Prayer at Family Camp

As someone who didn't grow up going to camp, I was very excited to experience Family Camp at Hope Shores. I didn't know what to expect, but knew that it


We won't  just share space. We will cross over + share life. We won't just serve. We will cross over + befriend. What is hospitality? The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as

First-Time Visitor

Two things happened as I worshiped on July 16 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The first thing has to do with being a visitor. It's harder than it

Gathering to Share Life

Sometimes Sunday mornings are hard. It is hard to wake up early on a day off and get everyone out the door. Wouldn't it be easier just to stay in


God is a master architect. I was blown away recently on a trip to Ireland and England at the beauty of all that was around me. On the northern Ireland

World Refugee Day is June 20

We hear statistics like the following: 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide 21.3 million refugees 10 million stateless people 33,972 people a day forced to flee their homes because of

Learning to Ask

"Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:24) Why do I need to keep learning to ask? As I write, I am on retreat in northern Minnesota