Follow your dreams or your mission?

By Erika Rizkallah Follow your dreams. In our individualistic culture we’re bombarded with the idea. All forms of media fill our heads with bucket lists and the notoriety of easy celebrity. I admit I’ve been fascinated with following my dreams since I was a kid. I was convinced I could be so many things: a […]

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5 Benefits of Having a Clear Conscience

By Erika Rizkallah The other day I took my dog, Titan, for a walk on our dock. Generally he hates this because he’s a big chicken. He’s afraid of the dark and wind but he seemed eager this day. He pulled me up the ramp, through the gazebo and toward the water. So I went […]

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Called to struggle

By Erika Rizkallah For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 Out of the darkness comes light. Do you believe this? Whenever a mass killing streams across […]

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Home Sweet Home

I started packing up our house for renovation in late October and now – six months later – it’s almost finished. I moved back in two weeks ago and have been buried under boxes ever since. Sometimes we’re placed in situations that make normal rhythms of life grind to a halt. Everything gets tossed into […]

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Faith and impatience: A new view of Sarah

Once a year (usually in early fall) I read the Bible straight through. I try to  finish before the year is over, but since I’m behind in everything I got started late. Even still, each time I do this I understand more about Christianity and the history from which it springs. Have you ever read […]

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Skills: Do you have what it takes to teach about Jesus?

Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:30 When I was in third grade, I […]

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Spiritual Fruit: Five questions to help you live a fruitful life

So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. Romans 7:4       (emphasis mine) I’ve been thinking a lot about fruit lately. As believers, we’re […]

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Friends are like pancakes

Friends are like pancakes. Making the first one is hardest and sometimes has to be tossed (or in this case eaten). They come in all kinds of shapes colors and sizes and sometimes they even come with little ones. The thing they all require is attention, patience and often, sacrifice. I’ve been struggling in the […]

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Offering the gift of Christ at Christmas

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed […]

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Do you have a life verse?

Isaiah 58:11 is my life verse. One day, many years ago I was reading my Bible and this verse pierced my heart. God led me to it and I felt His presence and promise. It’s been stuck there ever since. Note: If a particular scripture pierces your heart, God may be trying to tell you […]

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