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What I learned while knitting socks

Socks and Sermon

I love knitting socks. Most all of the socks I wear now have come from a yarn store, not a clothing store. Small, relatively fast, and very satisfying to knit this tube that turns 90 degrees at the heel. That step is always magic to me I do it over and over on every sock but I still don't fully understand why it works. And don't get me started on the joy of shaping the to...

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Upon Saying Goodbye: a Look Back

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As she says goodbye to her ministry at ECC, Sarah Evans reflects on what ECC has meant to her...

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Renewed by the Word

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Today I finished doing my homework in the Sermon on the Mount for the women's Bible study. I probably say this every year at the end of our study, no matter what part of Scripture we have studied, but this has been a life-changing study. Or maybe a heart-changing study is a better way to put it. This week has been hard. I have been deeply sad and unable to pull myself out...

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Lessons the Holy Spirit Taught Me through Kirk Smith

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How a loaf of blueberry bread led to eternal lessons...

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Because of Christmas

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Christmas changes the way we face death....

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Fighting for Joy in the Desert

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practical thoughts for dealing with a season of spiritual dryness...

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Hospitality is not optional

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Hospitality is a subject we talk a lot about. God seems to be pushing me to actually DO something about it..........

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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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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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A Model for Family Worship

Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of Family Worship. If you never have tried Family Worship or you are looking for a new model, let me suggest one example: Read, Sing, Pray. Keep in mind, this is not the only way to do Family Worship. So if you have a pattern that works for you, keep it! Our practice takes only 10-15 minutesmuch more and our family would probably spo...

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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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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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