Whom to Trust

“Do not put your trust in princes,” the psalmist says. They are mere mortals, their means are limited, and whatever plans they have die with them. An unspoken corollary would be not to despair over princes either. It’s true that a bad leader might make a mess of things, and the worst can do a world of damage. But even the most terrible regimes come to an end eventually, and no matter what else is go…

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Encourage

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV) I don’t know about you, but I feel as if we really struggle to get this one right. On one hand, it seems we’re often practice finding (and pointing out to one another) the things that aren’t going as well as we’d like, the things other people aren’t very good at, or just simply get wrong…

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King of Christmas (by Cassandra Millis)

Christian Americans celebrate Christmas in two spheres. On one hand, we have our religious traditions: lighting the advent wreath, setting up nativity scenes, singing our favorite seasonal hymns like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” On the other, we experience Christmas as the cultural phenomenon it has become: putting elves on shelves, writing letters to Santa, and singing…

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Not Yets

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:5-7 I don’t know about you, but the list of things in my life that are not ‘exactly as I would want them’ is pretty big. Maybe you’re the same way; maybe you have dreams that aren’t…

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Plowshares

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4) There are certain traditions that just scream Christmas. For as much as I am spontaneous and adventurous, I also really revel in patterns and…

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