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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

Article by Michael Harrell
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The Gospel & Good Works: What’s Your Call?

E1 gospel good works 21 175x92 How do you know if someone is really a Christian? Is it a mission trip, being on fire for God, hands raised Sunday morning, their offering, their fighting for a given political cause; are they a good person?

July 29 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Uh-oh, Is He Talking About Me?

Uh oh is he talking about me1 175x92 Been there, done that. As a parent of four and an elementary school teacher, it’s fair to say I’ve dealt with a few whiny, ungrateful kids from time to time. And you know, I must be crazy or something, because I keep setting myself up for it. Here’s an example: Last year I decided to … Continue reading Uh-oh,...

July 23 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Got Light?

Got light1 175x92 Light. Such a powerful, mysterious element, and scientists are discovering more fascinating things about it all the time. Here are a couple of scientific assertions I think you’ll find very interesting: Everything is energy and nothing is truly solid [Light, by the way, is energy] Light had to have existed before matter could...

July 16 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Rich in Mercy

Rich in mercy 175x92 Mercy, not judgment. Forgiveness, not condemnation. Acceptance, not rejection. Encouragement, not brow-beating. This is the picture of Jesus I see in this well-known Bible passage, so brilliantly brought to life in the box office hit, The Passion of Christ. Here Jesus comes face-to-face with a known sinner, a woman caught in adultery....

July 06 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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That Moment When You Realize: I Could Have Done More

That moment when you realize i c 175x92 Missed opportunities. Wasted time. Neglecting what matters most. Oops. If you haven’t seen this short clip from Schindler’s List, (arguably Steven Spielberg’s finest work) let me briefly explain: Oskar Schindler, a real person and one-time Nazi sympathizer, had a sudden epiphany and went from aiding Nazis to saving...

June 24 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Keys That Open Doors of Hope

Keys that open doors of hope 175x92 “Every key was made with a purpose. Every key has a story to tell.” ~Caitlyn Crosby Beautiful story. Fabulous company. Inspiring founder. The Giving Keys is an organization/movement whose mission is to assist homeless people by employing them to create jewelry fashioned from old, grungy, discarded keys. After being cleaned,...

May 26 2015