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Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Gets Its Hands Dirty: Advent Day 13

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 One of the greatest–yet simplest–lessons I ever learned about the love of Jesus came from a diaper-clad toddler. No joke. One sweltering summer day, my husband and I were sipping ice water with some colleagues as we tried to have a conversation above the roaring fans set up in our front room. This was during …...

December 16 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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No Offense: Advent Day 14

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Confession: Sometimes when I get really upset and can’t understand why terrible things are happening to me, I rant at God. I figure that if He knows everything, He already knows my thoughts, so I may as well say them out loud. I’m not saying I think it’s the right thing to do, I’m just … Continue reading...

December 16 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love Breaks Barriers: Advent Day 15

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I speak some Spanish, and I love the chance to practice with anyone I can. Usually these conversations involve long pauses for think time, a few confused looks when I say something completely ridiculous, and a bit of miming when words fail me. But there is one thing that speaks loud and clear, no matter … Continue reading Love...

December 16 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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It’s the Simple Things: Advent Day 16

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Truth: Someone mistook me for Jesus once. And I emphasize: ONCE. One dark, chilly spring morning I woke up early to get my bearings before the day started. At the time, my husband and I were running an inner city ministry in Portland, OR, and not long after the rooster crowed, our revolving door ushered … Continue reading...

December 16 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Yes, He Really Loves You: Advent Day 6

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 My husband and I ran an inner city ministry in Portland for at risk kids several years ago, and we love telling our stories of lives that were changed by the love of God during those years. People came to us with all kinds of reasons for needing help: mentoring, money, food, homework, bills, advice–but … Continue reading...

December 14 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Woot! No Condemnation!: Advent Day 12

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 As I start every new school year, I try very hard to not discuss my class list with other teachers who are familiar with my individual students. It’s tempting to want to have a little inside information in order to mentally prepare and strategize, but I have the eternally optimistic view that kids who have … Continue...

December 13 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Unconditional Love: Advent Day 2

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 Last summer I heard Chris Hodges, pastor of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL, tell a great story about a girl he once met on a plane. Fresh from partying on Bourbon Street, she plunked herself down–along with her drink–right next to Chris, turned to him, and asked, “So, what do you do for … Continue...

December 05 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Love That Moves Toward Us: Advent Day 3

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I once listened to a speaker liken God’s disposition toward us to that of a boy who owned an ant farm. This boy had a particular fondness for his ants, and he spent every spare moment he could admiring them as they tirelessly performed the same mundane tasks day in and day out: moving dirt … Continue reading Love That...

December 05 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Relentless Love: Advent Day 4

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 We have a chocolate lab, and his name is Truman. Every day he reminds me of God’s relentless love for me. He has no idea he’s doing it, but I’m convinced God sent him to me, just in case I happen to be having a hard time remembering how obsessed my heavenly Father is with … Continue reading Relentless Love:...

December 05 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Advent of God’s Love: Day 1

Tim marshall 114623 175x92 I think Jesus would agree with the great prophets, the Beatles, when they coined the phrase, “All you need is love.” After all, Jesus said so Himself when someone asked Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matt. 22:36, ESV) He told the questioner: “You shall love the Lord your God...

December 01 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Kissing Bathroom Floors

Shahab yazdi 5nzfcw30w3m unsplash 175x92 Question: How do you usually pray? Do you kneel, walk, lie in bed with one eye open and one shut, pray as you drive? Maybe a combination of some of these? You won’t believe what I do: I kiss bathroom floors. For real. Whether the bathroom is filthy or “clean-ish,” private or public, when nature … Continue reading Kissing...

July 17 2019

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Compassion Challenge 2018!

Juan pablo rodriguez 334216 175x92 I am a first grader at heart, and I readily admit it. I love sparkly clothes, puppies, glitter, knock-knock jokes, animated movies, and I think loud burps are funny, not gross. Thankfully, I get to hang out with first graders every day as their teacher, and we have a very special connection. We get each … Continue reading...

November 26 2018

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Unpacking the Bible’s Most Famous Prayer

Matt botsford 423576 175x92 The Lord’s Prayer is such a universally known and respected piece of literature that I bet if you suddenly stood up anywhere—on a bus, in a restaurant, in a waiting room—and started reciting it loud enough for others to hear, they just might join you. Maybe. I think most people think of it as a … Continue reading Unpacking the...

November 09 2018

Article by Kelli Hamann
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For You, and for You Only

Nsey benajah 421902 175x92 If you’ve been a Christian for a while—or maybe even if you haven’t—you’ve probably heard someone say this to you: “If you were the only one to ever accept Jesus, He still would have come to die just for YOU.” Wow. That’s a pretty heavy thought. I don’t know about you, but I have a … Continue reading For You, and for You Only...

November 08 2018

Article by Kelli Hamann
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The Unfast

Brian chan 12168 unsplash 175x92 With a lot of people fasting during this season of lent, it might seem like a strange time to tell the story about a time when God put me on an “unfast,” but here goes. I’m typically a very positive person, and I love spreading warm fuzzies wherever I go. I know it catches people … Continue reading The Unfast →

October 20 2018

Article by Kelli Hamann
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He’s Only “Mostly Dead,” not “All Dead”

Hes only mostly dead not all dea 175x92 For those who have yet to see the enchanting movie, The Princess Bride, that’s where the funny video clip came from, starring Billy Crystal as “Miracle Max.” This timeless, feel-good film has been captivating audiences since the days when a clunky collection of VHS tapes took up most of the space in your TV room....

December 23 2016

Article by Jess Griggs
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12 Powerful Verses About What It Means To Be “In Christ.”

Romans6 175x92 There are certain phrases that get thrown around a lot at church. One of them is in Christ. What does it mean to be in Christ, and how can we obtain this status?

September 02 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Lessons From Lazarus

Lessons from lazarus 175x92 Even though it might be kind of creepy, wouldn’t it be cool to see some dead people come back to life? Or what about dead situations, dead relationships, dead finances, dead employment opportunities suddenly infused with new life? The story of Lazarus offers some clues and some hope for us. You know the story: It’s …...

August 25 2015

Article by Colin Wong
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Read Francis Chan’s Book ‘Multiply’ for Free on eBible

Update2 175x92 Have you ever wondered what is the right way to read the Bible? What is a great overview of the Old Testament and the New Testament? How does it all tie together? What is our purpose as believers and what role do we fulfill as the Church?

August 18 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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New Words, New Life

Image 175x92 “Words are things, I’m convinced. You must be careful about the words you use.” –Maya Angelou In his book, The Fourth Dimension, the magnetic pastor David Paul Yonggi Cho talks about a fascinating lunch meeting with a famous neurologist. The neurologist thinks he’s impressing Cho with some ground-breaking...

August 02 2015