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Christian Witness

A Reflection on Christian Witness I tried something different this week. I took my children's message from last week and turned it into a devotion on Philippians 3:12-16 for TVprays.org. Rather than posting both, I share the devotion with you here. I hope it gives you a minute to consider the witness of your life. Keep showing up for yourselves and others, even when it gets hard. Keep your heart and mind centered on God's transformative love for…

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Where Were You

Read Job 38:1-11Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?Gird up your loins like a man,    I will question you, and you shall declare to me.“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?    Tell me, if you have understanding.Who determined its measurements—surely you know!    Or who stretched the line upon it?On what were its bases sunk,    or who laid its cornerstonewhen the morning stars sang…

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Home.

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,vanity of vanities! All is vanity.What do people gain from all the toilat which they toil under the sun?A generation goes, and a generation comes,but the earth remains forever.The sun rises and the sun goes down,and hurries to the place where it rises.The wind blows to the south,and goes around to the north;round and round goes the wind,and on its circuits the wind returns.All streams run to the sea,but the sea…

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Feeling Smart?

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Corinthians 1:20I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling with all of the hard things going on around the world lately. And lately feels a lot longer than what it used to mean to me. Lately can encompass a year or two, or feel like it at the very least. So…

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The Rules of Perspective

Breathe: Close your eyes. Inhale for three seconds, pause, and exhale for three seconds. Take as many breathes like this as you like.Read: John 14:15-31We learn a lot about ourselves in times of stress and change. I think it’s safe to say we are currently in a time of stress and change, on a global scale. In these times it is easy for us to be reactive as we scramble to make sense of it all and cling…

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Love Big: A Review and An Idea

Last night, or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning, I did as I do when I can't sleep and I read an entire book. It was a book well worth the immersion because it sparked an idea that I can't wait to get started on. First, the book and my review: Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World by Rozella Haydee White  My experience with this book is very much what…

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Celebrate the Light 2

They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. Matthew 2:9  When I think about those wise ones who followed the star, I think about leadership. The best teachers are life-long learners. The best leaders know how to follow others. I always find it interesting that when we are most purely ourselves, living out of our gifts, we end…

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God's LOVE Changes Everything

A reflection from Colter Sprague, 10th grade.Thanks to Hope’s generosity, I was able to attend the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. This was my first time to attend a youth gathering. During this week, I saw God’s love emerge in many different ways.  When we first arrived, we joined 31,000 Lutheran youth and I witnessed their compassion and support of each other even though we were complete strangers. One of the things we did in our…

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God’s HOPE Changes Everything

A reflection from Ben Miller, 10th grade.Hope. What a fascinating concept. Desmond Tutu said, "Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness." Being able to see the light in the dark. During the youth gathering I listened as half a dozen people stood in front of 30,000 high school students and told us about the most embarrassing mistakes and how they fought through them using hope. Even when they lost it for the longest…

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Gathering Roundup

Just over two years ago, I presented the dream of Hope sending youth to not one, but two youth gatherings – the 2017 Western States Youth Gathering with the theme of DREAM BIG and the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston with the theme of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. Hope captured the dream and answered the call, supporting us through our various fundraisers and buoying us in our journey with prayer. Thank you! We will never forget the experiences…

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