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The Yearn to Return

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Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it (Luke 17:32-33).   Have you ever been a Chreathen? When I first met my husband, John, in 1997 I was straddling the fence with one foot in the world and one foot in church. I […]

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Habitual Ritual: The Meaning Behind Tradition

  When our family puts up the tree each Christmas, I always envision a Rockwellesque family affair, complete with carols, cocoa and cookies. But what usually happens feels more like a testosterone induced Bah Humbug fest than something out of a Norman Rockwell scene. Something in the Johnson male species induces seasonal allergic reactions to […]

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The Gray Day

…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair Isaiah 61:3a (NIV)   I was getting ready for a fashion show. Not that I belong on the runway, […]

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When Verbal Abuse is Necessary

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2     When Leslie asked if I would meet her for coffee I could tell something wasn’t right. Sensing her desperation, I cleared my schedule.   “My mother is driving me crazy,” Leslie began. She took a cautious […]

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Here’s to You, Pastor Mark

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When people come to my house they usually ooh and ahh about my décor. The truth is that most of it came either from a garage sale, an estate sale or a curbside boutique. It’s a personal hobby/addiction. On occasion, I see an irresistible treasure for someone I know. Such was the case for my […]

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