Author: Jared

Reading and Other Struggles

Reading is Hard — Very, Very Hard Over the past few weeks our seven year old has made a breakthrough in reading. He’s reading several shorter books by himself and even getting most of the words in some higher-level books.  Bedtime now consists of him reading at least one book to us as well as us reading to him. But, just a couple months ago this was a major struggle. We knew he had it in him, we knew he had been learning in school, but it was a lot of work for him to put it all together....

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‘Dang It.’ Moments

Have you ever had an experience with self-realization that could only be expressed with a “dang it”? Let me give you an example: Several years ago I was in a discussion group with other college-aged people. If I remember correctly, we were at the home of the Student Ministries Pastor at our church. I don’t remember what was being discussed, but I vividly remember something that was said. My friend told the story of his recent experience with self-realization. “…Someone asked me, ‘do you listen, or do you wait-to-talk?’ and I thought, ‘Dang it! I always wait to talk.’...

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The Blessing Life: A Journey to Unexpected Joy

Official Description:  What would it be like to enter a life of vibrant worship and deepening romance with Christ? From first to last Scripture tells a mighty blessing story, and we can be part of it. We can enter the energizing dynamic of receiving, returning and reflecting the love of the Triune God. Offering passionate insights into the person of Christ, and true stories of blessing, pastor Gerrit Dawson leads us on a joyful journey toward loving Jesus and participating significantly in his love for the world. Also available: A Guide to the Blessing Life, a forty-day companion to...

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A Hope Deferred

Official Description:  We use the word adoption very casually today. We speak of adopting pets, books, and highways. Yet the word has a far nobler significance. Adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a family with all its rights and privileges. God has forever placed us in his family. He has forever made us his children. He has forever changed our legal status. He has forever granted us an inheritance. He has forever lavished his love upon us. A Hope Deferred probes the depths of this wonderful reality by unfolding the six blessings of adoption as found...

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God in my Everything by Ken Shigematsu

Official Description:  Ken Shigematsu shows that spiritual formation is more than just solitude and contemplative reflections. Spiritual formation happens in the everyday, in each and every moment of life. For those caught up in the busyness of work, family, and church, it often feels like time with God is just another thing on a crowded ‘to-do’ list. Ken explains how the time-tested spiritual practice of the ‘rule of life’ can help bring busy people into a closer relationship with God. He shows how a personal rule of life can fit almost any vocation or life situation. In God in...

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