Brand New: A Journey.

The day I left my home on the east coast and moved west, my dad packed my car for me. He’s a highly experienced packer. I only had one request: the bicycle goes in first and then fit everything else around it.  Since I was leaving my home, my family, and everything familiar to me, I knew I’d need the comfort and…

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Jesus, a Treadmill, & Me

I see me. I am running. Going nowhere. My feet pound, pound, pound the whirring belt. With a weak arm, I reach out and click the “increase speed” button. I watch the glowing numbers as they climb. I see the right side of my mouth rise slightly. Visage illuminated only by the red lights on the console. Legs treading at the unmerciful mill of productivity—grinding anxiety into a…

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Community in Colossians

Friendship with Christ Changes Every Other Friendship. As I walk through Colossae’s marketplace, I hear the familiar “Wool for sale! Dyed with genuine local chalk!” called out to passersby. I need some wool, but I won’t be buying anything today; It’s the Lord’s day, and I’m on my way to meet with my new brothers and sisters.  My city is a shell of its…

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Letting Go + Letting God Restore-Callie

I recently read a book about the power of friendship and it ended up having a romantic theme show up at the end. The two characters, who were friends, decided near the conclusion that they had feelings for each other all along. But in myown life – as I am sure in yours – only…

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Comparison Isn’t Always the Thief of Joy

Guest Writer: Kal-le Schrader Theodore Roosevelt once famously said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I often agree with old Teddy and his thoughts about how comparison can have a negative impact on our lives. It can cause us to grumble and complain instead of sing and praise. It can cause us to ask “Why not,…

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