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The Day My Dad Chopped Down An Idol

Posted by Beverly Berrus on

There’s a memory seared into my mind from when I was twelve years old. I was watching from the backdoor of our home as my father brought out an axe.   Laying prostrate on the ground was a 3-foot-tall intricately designed statue of Buddha carved from wood. The axe went flying through...

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Struggling with "Struggling with" Sin

Posted by Beverly Berrus on

I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with a dear sister where I’ve said something like this: "I'm well overall. Just struggling with contentment in motherhood these days.” When I say that, what I actually mean is this: “There’s this specific sin in...

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Boasting in Weakness

Posted by Beverly Berrus on

When was the last time you recognized your own weakness? Was it chronic health issues, conflict at school, problems at work, giving in to that sin yet again, a fight with your spouse, or your child’s outright rebellion that left you hopelessly deflated, discouraged and feeling weak? When...

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10 Ways Ecclesiology Encourages Me

Posted by Gloria Furman on

As the wife of a pastor and mother of three little kids, I know how challenging it can be to get everybody out the door to go to church gatherings. I can also empathize with those who struggle with being “present” once you're there. I recall one morning at a church gathering where I...

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Glorifying God in the Routines

Posted by Gloria Furman on

Kiss, hug, monkey blanket, book, pray. That’s the summation of my preschool-age son’s bedtime routine. His simple bedtime routine must mean the world to him because if I miss a beat or shake up the order, he lets me know that the universe is falling apart. If you want accountability...

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The Mystery of the Church: Ephesians 3

Posted by Gloria Furman on

Faster and faster, the world seems to be spinning out of control. Talk of cultural revolutions in the West and political instability in the East is in the air. In light of this, questions of the church’s relevance fly at us from the left and the right. Ephesians chapter 3 answers those...

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When I feel Afraid

Posted by Leeann Stiles on

I’ve struggled with fears as long as I can remember. Separation anxiety as a toddler, overwhelming dread of starting school, apprehension about sleeping over at a friend’s house: my early years were haunted. Even though I outgrew many of my fears, others plague me to this day. Some...

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