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[21 Oct 2014]
Choosing to Not Look Away

by Lauren Van Ham For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Isaiah 41:13, NIV Goodness knows there’s plenty to feel afraid about. Real or imagined, we receive a steady stream of messages each day that offer huge helpings of fear: the spread of ebola, the stock market, our relationship with other countries, global warming, the state of education, our children's future, the dangers of diabetes, add your fear *HERE*, and on and on. How do you work with fear? I’ve been told, more than once, that fear and love don’t comfortably cohabitate; and that, when I’m feeling fear, I should focus on love. Focus on love. It’s an instructive prompt, for sure; I like the sound of it, but when I’m in the grip of a well-fed worry or fear, sometimes love feels hard to reach. In ...

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[13 Oct 2014]
Of Course it Matters — but Maybe Not

by Tom Pappas Last week I sent out 39 individual emails to fairly new members of our church; here are three responses from folks, far younger than me, who I invited to join a 6-week book study. “Thank you so much for the invite, but honestly I don't even have time to read for fun anymore ha-ha! Maybe in a couple months once my body's adjusted to my new weird hours I'll be able to get involved.” “Thanks for the invite, but it will not work for me at this time. I just can't add another thing into the schedule right now (my little ones are 1 and 3). It does look like a really interesting book though! I may have to pick it up on my own.” “Thanks so much for the invitation! It feels good to be asked. Right now might not be the best time for us, we are getting used ...

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