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Bruce Springsteen’s Long and Noisy Prayer

Entitled Born to Run, naturally, Bruce Springsteen’s highly anticipated and

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A Refreshing Conclusion

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:11-14

Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.
Proverbs 25:13

A few years ago in the area where I live, a major snowstorm came at the end of October. For farmers with crops still in the field, such an early snow is anything but refreshing. It makes for a muddy, wet mess as the remaining crops are harvested.

For the ancient Israelites, however, snow was an encouraging sign. As summer turned to fall in the hot climate of Palestine, it was refreshing to see snow begin covering the northern mountains and to know that a quieter season lay ahead. And in those days before refrigeration, receiving a drink cooled by snow was a rare treat.

Perhaps you find yourself in the midst of a busy season. God meets us at times when we feel overwhelmed by the tasks looming ahead, or emotionally exhausted by all we’ve been dealing with. He calls us to “lift up [our] eyes to the mountains” and to trust that our “help comes from the Lord” (Psalm 121:1-2).

What’s more, God has sent his own Son to be a trustworthy messenger of his refreshing gift (Acts 3:19-20). To all who trust in Jesus, God gives the promise that his harvest work in our souls will bring us rest.

Look today for that faithful messenger, the Savior, and trust in him for true refreshment.

Heavenly Father, we often find ourselves worn out by the pace of life and by all we face here on this earth. Help us to find your refreshment for us in Christ. Amen.

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Lights. Camera. Reaction.

The greatest movie ever made! That’s Liz’s goal. Looks like it will be another disaster unless Lucille comes to the rescue. Check out this episode for the best action-adventure-romance-sci-fi-western ever made!

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Transitions + Thanks

Life is full of transitions. That’s what I told my friends at ReFrame Media as I began to let them know I’m leaving my role at Church Juice to pursue other opportunities while staying in the Chicago area. Nearly nine years ago, I came into this role in major, personal transition. I was newly married, living in a city I didn’t know while attempting to make a career pivot. While...

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Establishing Justice at Home

Do you struggle with managing discipline and order in your family? Discover some ways that your family can follow God's heart for justice starting at home.

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Justice and Righteousness

It seems that on earth, justice cannot keep up with evil and corruption. Yet in both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible makes it clear that God cares about justice and the social well-being of his people. The words of the prophets and of Jesus reveal to us that in God's eyes, justice is intricately connected with righteousness. Studying the relationship between justice and righteousness leads us to a better understanding of what this means for how we live faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ. 

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The Story of Ron: Becoming More Holy

10.24.2016 The Story of Ron: Becoming More Holy

In September 2016, our Today daily devotional ran a very unique series of devotions titled “Becoming More Holy: the Story of Ron,” written by Rev. Keith Mannes. While Today authors typically develop a theme throughout the month—such as the names of God, the harvest, or gratitude, to name a...

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The Power of Forgiveness

09.26.2016 The Power of Forgiveness

At some point in your life, you’ve had to forgive someone. A negligent barb hit its mark and replays, ad nauseum, in your mind. Perhaps you’ve suffered a deeper wound caused by someone’s abuse, abandonment, or assault. The ache of such an injury can linger for years, even a lifetime. Actually...

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