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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

Article by Kelli Hamann
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The Homeless, Our Kinsmen

The homeless our kinsmen 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 25 2015

Article by Kelli Hamann
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Laughter Is Great Medicine: Neuroscience Supports the Bible!

Laughter is the best medicine ne 175x92 So, these uber-educated people are finally figuring out what the Bible has been telling us for thousands of years? I love it when stories like this one break out and I briefly get to feel smarter than the doctors, researchers, health and wellness advocates, and all the other brainiacs in the medical field who are … Continue...

May 18 2015

Article by Jenai Rothnie
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Nepal: Praise in the Storm

Earthquake bs 2072 2015 in nepal 14 175x92 I am riding a boat today. This boat is made of cement and brick. The sea I ride is made of rolling earth and fear that crashes over and over in a load roar. – Rae Goss   I was woken up early this morning by a phone call from my mother; Nepal had been … Continue reading Nepal: Praise in the Storm →

May 13 2015

Article by John Thompson
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Hot Topics! “Does a believer ever become perfect?”

Hottopics feat 175x92 “Does a believer ever become perfect?” It’s a tough question that we all struggle with. Is there mercy from God? Is there enough Grace? If we don’t strive for perfection, will we go to hell? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Check out this answer: “We actually...

May 12 2015

Article by John Thompson
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HOT TOPICS: Did the Thief on the cross REALLY go to HEAVEN?

Christcross 175x92 Jesus’ response to the thief who believed leaves us in wonder. What could Jesus have meant in that moment? Did this man, a criminal, really go to Heaven?

May 12 2015