Who is Truth?

by Fred Swartz   Key Verse:   “’Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?’”  – John 18:37b – 38a , ESV  I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Pontius Pilate.  At least the way scripture portrays him.  He seems a bit like someone who…

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Introduction to Sacred Rhythms

Ruth Haley Barton introduces us to the concept of “sacred rhythms” by having us take time to notice our longings with God. Using the passage where Jesus meets Bartimaeus we are encouraged to think about how we would answer Jesus if He asked us “What do you want me to do for you?” This is…

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Coffee Table God

by Angie Raineri Key Verse: Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.   – Exodus 33:11a, ESV Do you have a coffee table God?  I do!  Let me tell you about Him. One morning during my quiet time, I was prompted by what I was…

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Seeing the Unseen

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.…In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. – John 14:18, 20, NAS95 Jesus speaks truth, but often those truths come from outside my normal frame of…

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A Jesus Filled Life

by Karen Kurth Key Verse: My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow Me. – John 10:27, NKJV  Early in my time in Romania – pre-GEM and pre-knowing Romanian – I went to the piața to buy potatoes. I had to go to the piața because there was only one grocery store…

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These Fleeting Things

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8, ESV I recently watched one of England’s matches during the Euros (football tournament) with a friend. He is English and heavily invested in the result of the match. It was a close one, and needless to say, my…

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A Life of Prayer

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: “It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”” –  Luke 11:1 NAS95 When it comes to prayer, I need help. Jesus, on the other hand,…

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God’s Love-Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom shares how she experienced the reality of God’s love standing when all else had fallen, the powerful change that comes when God pours the “ocean of his love” into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5), and how the “highest potential of God’s love is available for the trivial things of…

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In Your Midst

by Karen Huber “The Lord your God is in your midst,     a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness;     he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) I went to church this week, though likely not the one you’re thinking…

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Abiding in Pain

by Lena Larson “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:1-2,ESV) Pruning. In my head it makes sense. Fruit trees are pruned to…

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