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“Should I Stay or Should I Go”

May 20, 2017

Is There Value in Short-Term Mission Trips? “Our global missions efforts can sometimes drift into a form of conquering. We put a pin on a map and say, ‘Been there. Don That. Got the T-shirt.” While there is certainly nothing wrong with mission trips, we can accidentally slip into ‘missions tourism’ attending the ‘mission vacation’ of our choice.” Alan Briggs, Staying Is the New Going: Choosing to Love Where God Places You. p. 90 Global Ministry I recently returned from a…

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The Struggle Is Real

My struggle with guilt, grief and love. The struggle is real. Anyone who knows me knows that this is a phrase I say often when things aren’t going the way I had hoped. It can be either I ran out of coffee, or the…

October 24, 2016
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Total Loss

(I have recorded audio versions of this, and my other devotionals, in formats that both do, and do not have background music. They can be listened to at…SoundCloud.com/777arkV) Isaiah 43:1 God created you. God fashioned you. It is He who says – “Fear nothing.”…

September 12, 2016
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Abounding Grace

Grace accepts us as we are but never leaves us there. I have often said that I am every dog’s favorite Auntie. I love my friends’ dogs, and cherish all of their unique personalities. I met Annie two years ago in Michigan. She’s a…

September 1, 2016
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Living in the Tensions

Trusting God in the Mystery. Do you ever long for clear black and white answers to certain questions? Do you wish life could be more simple, that you could root yourself in a place where you don’t have to wrestle with gray areas? Are…

August 13, 2016
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Is the Church Losing Its Voice?

Three Important Ingredients That Affect the Church’s Prophetic Message (You can listen to the Praying With The Eyes podcast, episode 30, which relates to this topic by clicking this link: PWTE Podcast Episode 030: Is the Church Losing Its Voice?) As I sat down…

August 1, 2016
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The Journey of Faith: From Despair to Hope

Faith in God’s word of promise takes us from despair to hope. (Note to the reader: The following blog was recorded as a homily for KFUO radio’s His Time. KFUO is the radio station of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It will air on August…

July 22, 2016
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Who Is My Neighbor?

The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us what it means to be neighborly. Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus…

July 14, 2016
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The Fight Begins

(Editor Note: This is the first in a series of blogs in which Kimberly Roberts will share her unique journey through pregnancy and the birth of her son.) My husband and I decided to start trying for a baby soon after we got the…

June 7, 2016
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Not Until You Bless Me – by Mark Vincent Vicari

Genesis 32:26 “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” Genesis 32:24-30 tells one of the more peculiar stories of the Bible. God, in the form of a man, shows up and wrestles with Jacob… all – night… as in, from very…

May 25, 2016
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