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Drawing Near in 2018

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Just 14 days ago, the clock struck 12, and time starting tick, tick, ticking away the new year. That’s 12 months or 52 weeks or 365 days or 8,760 hours of life ahead, as God allows. The possibilities get me giddy, which is why I always sketch out some goals…

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True You 2017: The Year in Review

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For a few years now I’ve selected a theme for the new year, meant to give me some focus for goals and prayer and life in general. For 2017, I settled on True You, based on something the apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: “You have heard…

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Embodiment and the Divine

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All month I’ve been thinking about the ways our senses are meant to help us know God. And when our senses are off kilter, we’re missing out on connections with the Divine. God speaks—He is the Word, after all—so if I cannot hear Him, my spiritual ears must be a…

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How to Hug a Zombie

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At the start of this series, I did some searches for zombie information and immediately regretted the images that flooded my screen. Zombies are gross. Rotting flesh, gaping wounds, missing limbs, guts and gore spilling out—I don’t want to see that. What’s meant to be in the body is supposed…

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Diagnosis: Spiritual Leprosy

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We’re in the final days of the Write 31 Days challenge. While at first I was concerned I wouldn’t have enough to fill 31 entries, now I am scrambling to cover the topics I outlined. With four days remaining, it’s time to talk about the fifth and final of our…

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The Scent of Your Life

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Have you ever noticed that every home has a distinct odor? I notice our home’s scent after I’ve been away for a week or more—I open the door and the familiar scent of home greets me. It’s odd that I don’t notice it in my usual comings and goings. It’s…

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The Smell of My Grandpa’s Soup

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Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. The sun is peeking over the horizon, brightening the guestroom just enough for me to take in the familiar furniture at my grandparents’ house Stark Street in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In this memory, I don’t know how old I am, because I’m lots of ages… this jarring…

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Zombies Have to Eat

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Yesterday’s post about consuming the flesh and blood of Jesus is still right here with me, I guess because it’s confusing and weighty. The Eucharist is a mystery. And yet, Jesus really did say that eternal life is found when we ingest Him fully, when He becomes infused in every…

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Now Serving the Flesh and Blood of Jesus

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There are plenty of strange things in the Bible. But since it’s recording things about people and life, the oddness lends to the Bible’s credibility. If things were too perfect, it would have to be fake, because if we humans are anything, we are strange. One mind-boggling thing recorded was…

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#WhatSpiritualZombiesAreThinking

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It’s Day 21 of the Write 31 Days challenge! My series is titled Wake up from Zombie-Like Faith—because it’s October and because some seasons of life send us staggering about in a fog. (ammirite?) And if you’ve been following along, you may have noticed a glitch. Day 20 never happened….

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