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Relationships Are the Key to a Full Life

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God has entrusted someone’s needs to your care today. He has prepared someone for you to share your compassion and faith with them. He has prepared you for that relationship as well. So, ask him to put that person on your mind and heart right now with Samuel’s prayer, “Speak, LORD, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9 NLT). Then say to God with Isaiah, “Here I am! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

Relationship Minimalism? Why Downsizing Other People Won't Make You Happy

Woman alone in a house, young people are adopting relational minimalism

According to a recent piece by Sarah Logan in The Guardian, a growing number of young people are practicing “relationship minimalism.” Inspired by home organizing coaches like Marie Kondo, these mostly urban, single adults are not only clearing their lives of excess stuff; they’re tossing out people who do not "spark joy" in their lives.

4 Steps to Relationships That Transform

A kid holding a Buzz Lightyear and Woody toy, steps to relationships that transform

Would you join me in praying for the humility to learn from those with whom you disagree and the courage to share biblical truth with them? Would you ask the Lord to lead you today to the people he has already prepared for your engagement? Would you trust him to use you to plant trees you may never sit under and to use your faithfulness for his glory and their eternal good?

The 'R' Word Christians Need Now to Overcome Cultural Challenges

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Throughout the years, many have turned to H. Richard Niebuhr, who classically outlined the various responses that could be made in light of the interplay between Christ and culture, with such famous typologies as “Christ Against Culture,” “Christ of Culture” and “Christ Above Culture.” Yet what Niebuhr actually explained is how two authorities—namely Christ and culture—compete with each another.

Woke: Why Pastors Need to Address Racism Now

Woke: Why Pastors Need to Address Racism Now
If you are a teaching pastor of a church, or in leadership of a church, this blog is for you. Everyone else can eavesdrop. You need to do a series on race and racism. And you need to do it soon—as soon as you can. Racial division is our culture’s most pressing concern, and it is a deeply biblical and spiritual issue.

How to Experience the Blessing of Community: Shalom

How to Experience the Blessing of Community: Shalom
Shalom is commonly understood to mean “peace” or “health” or “prosperity.” It carries within it the idea of completeness. Cornelius Plantinga writes that the word shalom is “the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment and delight.” Shalom is the vision of community; it is what community strives to be.

10 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving without the Usual Big Meal

10 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving without the Usual Big Meal

We North Americans tend to have a difficult time breaking with tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving but sometimes the image of the elaborate turkey presentation and the polished silverware and the gleaming crystal just doesn’t make sense. I love Norman Rockwell paintings as much as the next red-blooded American, but there are years when gathering around a fancy table just doesn’t work.

In honor of good ol’ American ingenuity and creativity, here are 10 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving without the usual big meal.

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