Rebecca Hagelin and her husband, Andy, have been married for over twenty years and are parents of three teenagers. They reside in the Washington, DC area.
If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word repentance quite a few times.
This is AshWednesday, marking the first day of Lent.
Sitting by a fire on the beach of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus asked Peter, Do you love me? Perhaps you know the story. Peter replied, You know I love you.
When a friend loses a loved one and you want to comfort him, but dont know where to begin; when youre truly sorry but know your words wont make the wrong "right"; when that emotion you feel is so powerful but the four letters in love seem so small.....When your words are needed most - you begin to fear their inadequacy
Why do bad things happen?
If youve spent much time in church, you have likely often heard the first verse from Psalm 42.
We know the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy we celebrate as a nation in just a few days.
So you made a New Years resolution just a week ago and youve already broken it. Welcome to the club.
Empty lines on dated pages are set, ready and waiting to be filled with the black ink and pencil marks that shape the year as our lives fill the days.
Moses wanted more of God. He wanted to understand him, to know him intimately. So he prayed, If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor.
This time of year, lights strung up around our homes proclaim a warm welcome, usher us into the firelight, the flickering candlelight, the colorful glow of family trees. The lights elicit an exciting sense of hope; they help ready us for the coming holiday.
He gave up Heaven, power and honor in exchange for a dirty feeding trough, helplessness and a cross.
Waiting for peace; hoping for joy; anticipating something wonderful. All of creation waits in earnest for the time of salvation.
Every one of us has been blessed by God, but so few of us recognize His hand on our lives. And those of us who do recognize His providence so rarely take the time to express our gratitude. All too often our thanks is missing.
Those famous words from our favorite modern president, Ronald Reagan, never rang more true than when the freedoms of religion and of speech were recently threatened for pastors in Houston, Texas.
Weve all felt that bittersweet longing for familiar places and people. Our experience of homesickness increases with age.
Where are you looking for your fulfillment? To simple pleasures? To hard work and success? To beauty and art or justice and honor?
Apathy toward indecent, uncivil, and immoral behavior has been the undoing of many a nation throughout history. Nations who replace a relationship with God for secular idols are quickly filled with individuals who are apathetic about how they treat others, and ultimately become nations marred by selfishness and greed.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fogits here a little while, then its gone.
In todays health-conscious culture, the saying you are what you eat is generally regarded as gospel truth. We know its important to eat well because its obvious that our lives are deeply affected by the quality of our diets. How much more important is it to watch what we put into our minds and pay attention to how it affects us?
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