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When the River Flows Backwards

Don’t feel sorry for us. We’re ok. And we’re going to be ok. But the last two years of our lives together have aged us and strained us and bent us into contortions befitting the ancient tradition of Kama Sutra. … Continue reading

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When the Whale Doesn’t Come

This post isn’t for you. It’s for me and for those who have found themselves lost at sea. It’s one o’clock in the morning. The wind is blowing outside and the hum of the box fan propped up in the … Continue reading

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Audio for Prayer

Hey, CoreConf16ers, here is the audio file to download. It’s 15 minutes long, which is a perfect amount of time for quieting your heart throughout the day. Use it as you will. -Pastor Jared  

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Feel called to the ministry?

Ministry isn’t a position. It’s a posture. Stop waiting for a title. Be a servant. If you feel called, but don’t know exactly what you are supposed to do, DO EVERYTHING. Take every opportunity. Serve until your soul bleeds. Minister … Continue reading

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Passing on Compassion

The temperature was in the single digits as the brisk northerly wind screamed over the frozen tundra of the Mississippi River and onto the property of my church. The forecast said that over the next 24 hours the temperature was … Continue reading

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Come Home to the Kingdom

I can’t get enough of Jesus. Not in a forgive-me-more-of-my-sins kind of way, but in a deeper way. There’s something about Jesus that hits me the way a freight train hits a farm truck on a country railroad crossing. It’s … Continue reading

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Advent Family Readings Week 4: Love

Download PDF version here Sunday, December 22nd Reading: Is. 7:10-14 Immanuel means, “God with us”. It’s an incredible gift that God has given us. Because of Jesus, we have the Spirit of God living inside of us–at all times. We … Continue reading

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Advent Family Readings Week 3: Joy

Download PDF version here Sunday, December 15th Reading: Luke 1:5-13 Joy is being able to see our hopes come true. Most of us wait all year long to see presents under the Christmas tree. We hope for them throughout the … Continue reading

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The Maple Syrup Sabbath

I’ve recently commandeered the breakfast duties in my home. And today I thought I would try a french toast recipe. I’ve never made french toast before. Two hours later I regretted it. The directions said to take them off the … Continue reading

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Great Expectations

The trees have budded and their leaves have unrolled. A new season has crept upon me in a slow surprise. It is like watching a fireworks display from a distance; seeing the explosion then counting the moments until the crack-a-boom … Continue reading

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