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Disconnected Connections

Author: Jeremy DanielCategory: Parenting

In his book The Church of Facebook Jesse Rice quotes psychologist Janet L. Surrey as claiming, “Authentic connection is described as the core of psychological well-being and is the essential quality of growth-fostering and healing relationships. In moments of deep connection in relationship, we break out of isolation and contraction into a more whole and spacious state of mind and heart.” ...

Discerning the Will of God

Author: Ryan KuceraCategory: Parenting

I am directing this post toward our students and their parents who are in the process of making the important decision of education after high school, but I’m hopeful that the content will apply to all us regardless of what season of life we are in. I have had several students approach me recently with worries about what college God wants them to go to. In each of these conversations, the ...

Simple Lessons on the Holy Spirit

Author: Andrea BowmanCategory: General

I want to preface this blog by saying that when Michael Bleecker asked me to write a blog, the first thing that came to mind was the Holy Spirit. I am definitely not an authority on this and there are plenty of much more capable people on this staff that would have a lot more information and depth on this subject. This is just my experience and some of the things the Lord has been revealing to me.

Help me find this passage

Author: Geoff Ashley

“It is better to die in the desert than to live with a nagging wife.” Matt mentioned this weekend that the book of Proverbs makes the above statement and yet if I were to search that phrase online, I would come up empty. Not a single translation includes this passage. Nowhere do I find these exact words as I search my ESV, NASB, NKJV, or even NIV.

Fathoming God as Father

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the Fatherhood of the holy Creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one's holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God's child, ...

Redefining Success

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

All of my life I have wanted to be successful. The idea of success has driven me most of my days and the fear of not being successful has kept me on course as well. As I reflect on this, I find it interesting that not much has changed for me personally. I still desire success, but my definition of “success” has shifted drastically. Growing up in the thriving and prosperous suburb of Plano ...

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