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“Meternity” leave and our desperate need for Sabbath

When Meghann Foye’s New York Post essay appeared last week, she struck

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At His Service

Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:38

In Lee Daniels’ movie The Butler, a hungry, young Cecil Gaines breaks into a bakery. Little does he know that the bakery manager will take him in and teach him how to serve as a butler in a fine hotel. Gaines has to submit to learning carefully from his mentor, who teaches him to think intuitively and to predict what people want or need. Later he lands a job in the White House and serves presidents, prime ministers, and kings for 34 years.

Joseph and Mary likely had hopes and dreams for their future together. But then the angel Gabriel came to this unsuspecting couple, and their dreams turned in a different direction.

The problem with our dreams is that we often end up serving the dream. And then God often intervenes. God has an uncanny way of stopping us in our tracks, pulling us away from self-serving dreams that are always too small, and challenging us to serve the God of much bigger dreams.

Whenever angels appear in the Bible, they burst in unannounced to people who aren’t prepared for such entrances. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you,” said Gabriel to Mary.

Even in her wildest dreams, Mary hadn’t thought she would become the mother of God. But God decided to call a virgin girl into the drama of salvation. God’s big dreams always swallow up our tiny ones. 

Dear Lord, help me to become a servant of your dream through obedience and trust. In Jesus, Amen.

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Love Always

Liz’s band is going to play for Youth Fest unless all the arguing among the band members destroys the band first! Join the band as they figure out how to get along on this week’s Kids Corner.

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Mother’s Day Planning for Your Church

Research shows Mother’s Day is the third highest church attendance day across the U.S. While Easter and Christmas often monopolize your planning efforts, research from LifeWay suggests you need to be intentional about preparing your Mother’s Day service as well.  The idea that Mother’s Day church attendance is so high makes sense. With the likelihood of more family members...

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Empty Nest: From a Single Parent’s Perspective

The transition to an empty nest can seem challenging. Discover some wisdom for navigating this season with grace and help your child launch successfully.

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Saved By Grace. Now What?

We are not saved by what we do, so we're often extra careful to not talk about our actions just in case we might sound like we're suggesting they contribute to our salvation. But yet it is important to talk about how our actions change because of our salvation and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Paul's instruction to Titus helps us ponder this balance of justification by grace and what we need to do as a result of our salvation as well as fills us with hope for eternal life.

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Doug Vande Griend of Salem, OR became a follower of Think Christian because of the ministry’s tagline, “no such thing as secular.”

“I’ve believed that all my adult life,” says the 61-year-old lawyer. “In fact, back in 1979, I submitted my third year thesis for law school based on the idea...

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In business, know your customer is one of those elementary imperatives that make the difference between success and failure. To succeed, you’ve got to know what people need and offer a solution to one of their problems. The same is true in Christian media ministry. Know your media user. “What...

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