Vaneetha Rendall Risner has experienced loss and abandonment, which means her words about her experience of observing Christmas while heart-broken come from a place of personal experience and self-reflection. She writes at Desiring God: Yet for those who have experienced loss, the holidays often bring a sense of dread. I remember the cloud that hung …

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I know a few folk who are having some bad days. Time will tell if they’re the worst days of their lives. I would hope they’d be spared too many that are worse. This poem from Connor Gwin resonates with their experience. Sit down (or fall down). Anywhere will do. Wherever you are, stop. Breathe. …

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Disciples of Jesus are a saved people; disciples of Jesus are a reconciled people. Our lives express thankfulness for forgiveness, but also can’t help but bring healing and reconciliation to relationships. This is not two separate works, it is the complete outworking of the Gospel. From Jared Wilson: A resurrection gospel is a full gospel. …

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When the word of God is heard in preaching it always demands a response of movement. Continuing movement toward God, or a course correction to respond to God’s call. Jesus ensured that listening to him would bring comfort to the faithful, but it is not about the faithful being comfortable. From Will Willimon: Preaching is …

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