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“Practicing the presence” has become a catchy phrase in the Christian world, but what does it actually mean when someone uses it? At the core, practicing the presence involves cultivating a way of life that enables us to become aware of and be present to the God who calls himself “Immanuel, God with us.” God…

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Abiding in Christ

An ongoing, lifegiving connection with Christ and His love that results in fruit, joy, and glory to God. Living in His love includes our responsibility to continue interacting with His Word, keeping His commandments, and conversing (prayer) with Him.   Biblical References: Ps. 90:1; John 15:4-11, 16:13-15, Acts 17:28; 1 John 2:24ff  For more on abiding…

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Spiritual Pathways

by Joy McAuley How many personality type assessments are you familiar with? Have those assessments been helpful in understanding how you respond, operate and think? What kind of personal or professional growth has come from learning more about how you are made? The Birkman, Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder, Enneagram, to name a few, show us that…

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Lent: the What and the Why

by Steve Caton The practice of Lent was ‘born’ in a fascinating time.  In the 3rd Century, Christianity was squelched and on the fringe, being held and observed by people hiding in deserts working to preserve a simple and holy life modeled after Christ and His ways. God used this group exiled on the fringe…

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Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

by Ruth Haley Barton I remember the first time I noticed that some people arrange their lives to see sunsets.  It was summertime in the Gulf of Florida when the days were hot and the nights were balmy.  During the day, crowds of people were lying in the sun and playing noisily on the beach,…

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