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Sabbatical Reading

Sabbatical has allowed me to be more intentional about reading. I hope these reviews will help spur you on to make time to read as well....

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Welcoming 'interruptions'

Interruptions or blessings? What is God doing with us when we expect life to go one way and it goes some completely different way?...

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Busy for the wrong reasons

What controls your life? The demands of others? Seeking self-fulfillment? I am re-thinking how I structure my life and what controls my activities....

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Why go to Worship every week?

We need to worship even when we do not feel like it. God feeds us there, and our fellow worshipers have the opportunity to minister to us, as we do for them....

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Resolved: Not to make resolutions

Resolutions are easily forgotten in the shuffle of the new year. Instead of a list of resolutions, perhaps one word to guide my thoughts and intentions will keep me focused on how God wants to grow me this year....

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Lessons from my appendix

Surgery is never fun but God used my recent experience to teach me about His Body....

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Hope in Christ

How does hope in Christ help in everyday life? Is it just something that we can tuck away for future reference? I am learning that hope is an everyday thing, helping me live life in a way that can honor Christ....

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A gentle and quiet spirit? Who, me?

Peter exhorts us to have a gentle and quiet spirit. That is not my natural inclination, but by God's grace I am learning to fight for it....

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Why should I come to a Women's Bible study?

We need to be in God's Word together, to encourage and exhort one another and to deepen friendships. This year there are 4 opportunities to learn and grow together. Come and join us for a great year in God's Word!...

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Summer Sunday Mornings, revisited

A few ideas for ways to use your Sunday mornings to feed on God's Word this summer, even without Sunday School!...

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Help Wanted

We live in a time and a culture in which asking for help is perceived as weakness. And our busy-ness often causes us to offer our help in very non-specific ways. How can we become a Body who finds joy in serving one another in caring, creative ways?...

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Tea and a good book

This is really a book report on two books: Awe, by Paul David Tripp and The Afternoon of Life, by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Winter is a great time to read more. These two books just might change your perspective on life....

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Give a book this Christmas!

Looking for books to give at Christmas? Here are some suggestions for children as well as grown-ups. Merry shopping!...

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Lessons from a broken pancreas

There are blessings and struggles in living with a chronic disease. Yet God has not left us alone to deal with it. He is very much with us and when we allow Him, He will teach us through the hard times as well as in the good times....

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Turn the spigot on!

God's grace is freely available to us, and we need it to live and grow as Christians. How do we KEEP it freely flowing?...

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Why are all those kids in the worship service?

We have chosen to include our children in our regular worship services at ECC rather than having a separate children's church. Why is that? And how can we, as grown-up members of the congregation, support our families as they seek to train their children in worship?...

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Tales from Rehab

I have experienced the community of believers here at ECC in a very real way recently. You all have taught me what it means to care for each other. ...

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Finding and keeping community

Community is not just a buzzword. It is important to all of us. We need to value the work of building community. We need others, and others need us....

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Why memorize Scripture?

Memorizing Scripture ministers to our own hearts and can help us minister to others. It is not just for the super spiritual. Rather, it is for those of us who need help the most!...

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I Surrender

What do Genesis 17 and 1 Peter have in common? They both point to heart problems....

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