The Beautiful Oxymoron of the Gospel

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This week, a number of prominent evangelic Christian leaders released a signed statement of faith that addressed their beliefs on the role of social justice and the church. The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel was signed most notably by John MacArthur, but has now been signed by over 6,000 additional men, women, and religious… Read more »

Love Does: A Review (the book and the organization)

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The name Bob Goff came up so frequently in the past year or so I had to check him out. I didn’t know much about him, just a mention of him by other authors, a forward in a book, or someone mentioned reading Love Does. Hearing he had a new book coming out, I made… Read more »

The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

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  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

Forced From Home

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It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

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  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

The Purpose Filled Wedding

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Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

October in All Its Glory

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I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

Where We Go From Here

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Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

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Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

Inclusion in the Church Age

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The entire story of the Bible, for all nations and all people, heads toward an invitation to inclusion, not exclusion. – Sara Gaston Barton Separation         We don’t know how long it took for paradise to be ruined, but it happened with a single incident.  Between “It was very good” and “The Lord God banished… Read more »

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  • Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

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    I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… Read more »

  • So You Want to Change the World. Does Your Journey Look like Mine?

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    I remember finding out about human trafficking and the orphan crisis all in one Sunday. In the months following, I attended local awareness events and scoured the internet for articles and initiatives. After the shock that turned to grief turned to compassion, I was spurred to action. After all, if someone like me does not help,… Read more »

  • Freedom

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    This post was originally published last year before our “A Year of Justice” campaign began, but it is so appropriate, we are running it again.  I’ve had the word freedom ringing hot in my mind since the beginning of this week. Actually, I think about freedom a lot these days. For one thing, becoming a Compassionate Entrepreneur… Read more »

  • Help for Single Parents: Part 2- The Long Haul

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    Single parenting doesn’t end when the sympathy cards stop arriving or the legal documents are finally signed. Single parents continue to parent through the mundane and the glorious for years to come. Even if a remarriage occurs and a second set of hands is in the house, there are things that will always be a… Read more »

  • Help for Single Parents: Part 1- The Initial Need

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    When people in our life are struggling, it is natural for us to want to help them. We want to ease their burden, take away their pain, and make everything better. We want them to feel better, and we hope we’ll feel better if we can somehow make them feel better. Sometimes we feel this… Read more »

  • “Widows Need More Hugs”

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    At my local women’s Bible study, an elderly widow stood up. In tears, she timidly let out a secret. “I miss my husband and nobody touches me anymore. I come here hoping someone will squeeze my hand or hold my shoulder once a week,” she said, “Young women, widows need more hugs.” I cried. This… Read more »

  • Mirrors and Light

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    I’m working in a coffee shop this morning. The chair is hard, but the earthy aroma and a friendly hum of conversations and quiet jazz make it a great alternative to the office some days. A lady named Irene just stopped by the table to say hello. We’re friends from church. She held a bright-faced… Read more »

  • How Can We Impact Teen Orphans?

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    This post was originally published March 6, 2016  on Project 143’s blog and is being reprinted with permission. EVERY COUNTRY HAS ORPHANS . . . The United States has orphans, but we call them foster children. Foster children, unchosen for adoption, typically stay in the system and in school until they are at least 18 years… Read more »

  • Making Room for a Homeless Teen

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    Ted Haynes, current campaign chair of the Tulsa Area United Way, encourages staff, volunteers and donors by telling his story. Well, it isn’t his story. It’s Sara’s story (name changed for confidentiality), in which Ted and his family played a part. When Sara was 16 years old, her parents dropped a box off at school and told the counselor she could not come… Read more »

  • TANZANIAN MAN TAKES ALBINO RIGHTS TO THE TOP OF AFRICA. HE SHOUTS: ‘I WILL REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP’

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    The following is a speech from 2011, being reprinted with permission. Sadly, the issues mentioned in this article are still of great concern today. Children are being forced to live in “orphanage-type prisons.” Josephat did in fact complete his journey, and his fight to educate the people of his country on the facts about albinism continues to this day. … Read more »