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An Incremental Move

Thank you, all, for your kind words, prayers, and encouragement during our incremental move. What’s that, you ask? Well, let me explain. In our past moves, we knew the move is coming, so we spent a few months to a year or so preparing the house itself, paring down and packing up belongings, and enjoying… Continue Reading

Fight WITH Fear

     This month we will explore fear in a Christian’s life and the life of their family. God admonishes us ‘do not fear.’ A popular Christian movie shared that God put 365 ‘Do not fears’ in His word. A quick search shows that there is debate about the accuracy of that statement, but the… Continue Reading

Biblical Community – Devotion

Thank you for your patience these last two weeks as we have been transitioning to living near Clear View Retreat full time. Jim has started a new job, and we ask for your prayers as we all adjust to a new schedule.      Now, back to the biblical community blog…      Oh, the… Continue Reading

Biblical Community – Six Flags over Jesus?

     When we moved to TN and were taking care of personal business around town, we had some interesting experiences. One stands out above the rest. While at the DMV, we were making small talk with the clerk, asking where she went to church and she asked the same. We said we were planning… Continue Reading

Biblical Community – One Another

     Imagine a typical Sunday morning scene… friends are walking into church hugging folks they haven’t seen (or thought of) all week. Kiddos are grabbing each others’ hands and running down the hall to go to Sunday School (freedom!). Adults stand in line to get a cup of coffee at the new church coffee… Continue Reading

Marriage — Our Greatest Asset

     Nancy thought she had it all together. She loved the life she had; she loved her job, went to church, was a good wife, and was ready for the next phase of life. One small problem, she struggled with self-doubts. Now, Fred was devoted to Nancy. She hung the moon in his eyes;… Continue Reading

Marriage — From Surviving to Thriving

And the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Mark 10:8 Last week we ended on the hint of thriving in marriage. What does that look like and how does a marriage truly thrive? Our society often turns to Google for answers, and there is a plethora of answers… Continue Reading

Marriage – Where is God in this?

“Each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.” (Ephesians 5:33)      George and Betty have been married 28 years and have had a roller coaster marriage. Even though they did not get married under the best of circumstances, they felt compelled to stay… Continue Reading

Marriage – Intentional Intimacy

     The following are true stories… both are stories of love and hope but also of struggle and pain. (The names have been changed.) The “everything is fine” marriage: Susan and Bob were heavily involved their local church. In fact, he was the pastor. Their lives were on auto-pilot as they raised their family.… Continue Reading

Spiritual Disciplines – Serving together

     A man who grew up being taken to church but who does not believe that God exists once told me, “If you live your life like the Bible says to, people will say you are a good person. The trouble is, if God exists, He knows your heart and that’s what He judges,… Continue Reading

Spiritual Disciplines – Family Worship

       God’s love is extravagant (link). How do you respond to His love?        An older woman’s husband died; it was a man she adored. After his death, her daughter-in-law stayed the night with her. Between bouts of crying and screaming, they slept. But, her DIL was awakened with praise and worship… Continue Reading

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