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10 Ways to Enter Into Holy Week

Holy Week’s a-comin’, friends. After basically missing the whole shebang last year due to a case of extremely overdue pregnant-itis, I’m stoked for this year. Holy Week, the high point in the church year that begins with Palm Sunday (April 9, this year) and ends on Easter Sunday (April 16), is the best.  If the church had a Super…… Continue reading 10 Ways to Enter Into Holy Week

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When God Seems Silent * 10 Minute Devotional

There are few things more lonely and scary than God’s silence. I once witnessed a woman throw a rosary into a trash can after being informed her son had died. “I prayed for him to be healed,” she said, her voice firm, her eyes hollow. “Now I know there is no God.” If you walk with…… Continue reading When God Seems Silent * 10 Minute Devotional

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Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional

The first church I pastored was in rural Wisconsin. Farm country. We lived on the town’s main thoroughfare, and our toddler son often stood glued to the front window watching tractors roll down the street. A man in our congregation heard that Daryl had never driven a tractor (why this surprised him I do not know, since Daryl grew…… Continue reading Waking Up in Anxious Times * 10 Minute Devotional

Advent Devotional

My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

I only know the talented Megan Busch through the blogosphere, but after reading her writings one thing became immanently clear to me. WE NEEDED TO BE FRIENDS. Spend some time with her Advent devotional today, and I think you’ll feel the same. I used to keep an unwritten checklist in my heart. Maybe you had…… Continue reading My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional · Christian reflections

Give Me a Break * Advent Devotional

Jim’s back! You can read his previous Advent devotional, on listening to Jesus amidst a noisy world, here.  Isa 55:6-7 (NIV) Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have…… Continue reading Give Me a Break * Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional

Water, Fear, and a Way Through * Advent Devotional

My little sister, Caitlyn, is hilarious and brilliant and far more hardcore than I’ll ever be. Two weeks ago she went deer hunting while nine months pregnant because “It’s deer season, and it’s not like I’m going to wait all the way until next year.” Five days later she gave birth to her fourth baby. Like…… Continue reading Water, Fear, and a Way Through * Advent Devotional

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Listening is a Skill * Advent Devotional

Today it’s my privilege to introduce you to my friend Jim Ozee. Jim is an elder in the church I once pastored in south-central Wisconsin, a man who loves Jesus deeply, and an all around good guy, despite his passion for the Cardinals.  Isa 30:15 (NIV) This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of…… Continue reading Listening is a Skill * Advent Devotional