Making Room For The Stranger: Biblical Hospitality

I resisted writing this blog about hospitality not because I don’t think the topic is important but because my brain is fried due to being in quarantine so long. I can’t even begin to write about what it means to practice hospitality when we can’t even have people in our homes! Yet biblical hospitality calls us to something entirely different. It is far more than just baking a pie and sitting around a lovely set table, it’s about welcoming the stranger and feeding the hungry.

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3 Forgiveness Practices to Release Resentment

In our current circumstanced with sheltering in place, we find that our limited access to our usual routines, self-care, and companionship have made us, well, a bit more cranky. For my household, we all find ourselves constantly apologizing and trying our best to stay clear of the resentment zone. We live in a 1000 sq. ft house and it’s hard to get away from one another! Many of our fights are being resolved by learning to apologize better (check out this great podcast on apologies) and chalking it up to quarantine-induced behavior. Apologizing isn’t the only thing needed, however, our willingness to forgive one another is also necessary.

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An Evangelical’s Guide To Confession

I’ve had confession all wrong. I grew up in a tradition where confession was barely talked about because confession had more to do with our conversion than an ongoing practice. We certainly talked about sin and it’s consequences but never talked about how we actually confessed sins. Instead, I remember being told to ask Jesus for forgiveness when I did something “bad” and He would forgive me for my sins. Just a few minutes down the road, however, was the town’s main Catholic church. I remember judging my catholic brothers and sisters about their tradition of confessing their sins to a priest.

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Say This Prayer While Washing The Dishes

This week for the Practices of Resurrection Eastertide Series, we are dedicating time and brain space for contemplation and meditation. With today’s current environment that is riddled with troubles and doubts, our minds and our homes are chalked full of anxiety, and often accompanied by a sink full of dishes! In the midst of this chaos, it’s easy to forget The Good, and the ability to see Jesus in our every day.

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3 Ways To Get the Most Out Of Reading Your Bible

I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church, a denomination known to teach the Bible well. I remember the “line by line” sermons on Sunday mornings and a plethora of Bible studies available throughout the week. As a young believer in Jesus, I had an intense desire to know God’s Word and soaked up every bit of knowledge I could. Yet as I entered into adulthood, I became frustrated and guilt ridden with reading my Bible. I had a desire to grow closer to the Lord and was taught to believe that reading your Bible would do that but I began to struggle with even cracking the cover.

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Six Ways to Practice Resurrection this Eastertide

Today marks the second week of Eastertide, the season of which we celebrate the risen Christ. For fifty days we get to celebrate and feast, remembering Him who annihilated sin and death once and for all. For fifty days we have the chance to lean into the power of resurrection and worship with joy knowing that it is finished! Christ has risen and our souls, once darkened by sin, now rise with Him in victory. This time is set aside specifically for the people of God to remember, celebrate and become more deeply acquainted with our redeemed ourselves.

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Stay Holy, Stay Home: He is Risen!!

I write this blog as the morning sun begins to rise and blind me from typing. My eyes are watering from it’s brilliant warmth on my face and I can’t ignore the overwhelming joy that I feel when I write about Easter morning. It has always been my favorite time of year, even as a young child. There’s just something about the springtime light that brings life to my soul. Even growing up in Alaska when there was still snow on the ground this time of year, the sun always seemed to shine brightest on this day.

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