Author Archives: Guest Contributor

On Keeping Quiet and Feeling Alone: A personal story for Mental Health Awareness month of May

by Laura Coward A few years ago I met with a new personal trainer at my gym. Without any races coming up, I was having trouble sticking to a workout schedule. At least, that’s what I told him. We spent the first 20 minutes of the meeting laughing about the worst workouts/exercises we’ve paid to do, and then we verbally ...

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“Our Only Weapon is Love” – the disciple Bartholomew in “Risen”

Review of “Risen” by Andrew Suite – warning: spoilers! A small youth group has some great advantages. It is easy to fit the whole crew into a couple of cars in order to go see “Risen” starring Joseph Fiennes as Roman military tribune Clavius. The movie is well done and strives to be historically and biblically accurate. For example, the ...

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Predictions

31 Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. 33 After they have flogged him, ...

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A Jubilee for You, and a Jubilee for you, and for you, and for you…

You will make the fiftieth year holy, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a Jubilee year[c] for you. Leviticus 25:1-19   One of the things I regret about my life— and the list of life regrets is very short — is that I took out student loans for a majority of my education. So ...

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Hypocrites

2 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things. 2 You say,[a] “We know that God’s judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth.” 3 Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when ...

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To Guide You Out Of Sin

2 1-2 I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s. 2-3 Here’s how we can be ...

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Lenten Devotional- Day 3

Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s[a] shade,  I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!” -Psalm 91: 1-2 Common English Bible 3 Years ago, I had an opportunity to take my youth group on a Canoeing and Camping Weekend. We had our plans all laid out, our ...

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Led by Angels and Magi

Led by Angels and Magi by Lori Richey Throughout the Nativity story, angels act as guides and messengers, harbingers of doom and purveyors of peace. They bring the word of God to Joseph, to Mary, to shepherds in the field. The angel Gabriel shares wisdom with Mary as she wonders how a virgin will bring God’s son into the world: ...

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Mary’s Treasure

Mary’s Treasure by Lori Richey The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth ...

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Shepherds in our Midst

Shepherds in our Midst by Lori Richey He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his ...

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