Suffering, Vocations, St. George, Hope, and Endurance

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For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. (1 Peter 2:19-20) In 1 Peter we find an echo of the teachings of Jesus. If you do what other people expect of you when it comes to loving your neighbor, repaying what is owed, responding to opposition, handling violent … [Read more...]

An Earth Day Reflection- Love the Least of These

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By Kelli TrujilloBeing green and caring for the planet is about a lot more than caring for fish or trees or birds or rivers or dirt or air. As Christians, we care for creation as a means of loving our neighbors (Matthew 22:36-40). We believe that human life is of inestimable worth—far beyond the value of diamonds or gold or rubies or dollar bills. Because of our belief in the sanctity of life, we take seriously Scripture’s call to protect the vulnerable (Isaiah 58), care for the “least of the … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Non-Sustainable Carnivore

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By Joe Webb I have a confession. I like the idea of sustainability. I even talk a pretty good game. But, to be honest, I suck at it. I don’t garden. I shop at Wal-Mart. I drive an 8-cylinder Jeep. I only recycle about a third of what I should. I eat a LOT of meat. And I like it. In fact, for all my talk about conservation and protecting wild places, I’m not really very “green” in my own home. I don’t say those things pridefully. In fact, there’s a good bit in those statements that I’m not a … [Read more...]

This Lent, Consider God’s Creation

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by Alexei LaushkinThe disciplines of Lent are meant to shake us up from our regular routine and open up some space for God to work. Lent is a season of self-account and renewed depth.Lent reminds us that man does not live on bread alone, things alone, conveniences alone, wants alone, but on every word that comes from above. Lent is supposed to re-orient us towards God’s life giving ability, and away from the things that normally sustain us or give us comfort.When we rediscover the j … [Read more...]

Leighton Ford’s Reflection for Lent

Letting Go- Reaching Out This is the first post for Revealing Light: Daily Victory Over Darkness a Lent Devotional. You can learn more and download a free copy by clicking here. Reposted with permission. By Rev. Leighton Ford Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Ph … [Read more...]

Advent in Malawi

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We were in Malawi. It was a warm day in June when we arrived in Fombe village in the Shire river valley. Though this was a river valley there was no running waters or tributaries in this village.We approached a home where a mother of four was busy preparing her family’s daily meal. She cooked over a large open air fire just to the right of her home. We approached and setup a meeting spot to conduct our interview.I’ll never forget asking her to show us her nighttime light source. She came … [Read more...]

Waiting for Change

by Alexei Laushkin Today, if you hear my voice do not harden your hearts, as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert (Hebrews 3:7-8) You meet many a Christian today who aspire to fullness of life in God, but they know something is a miss. Many earnest Christians hoping to see a change that never comes.If only I could do x better he or she says then I could be a better Christian. I was talking to somebody yesterday and they told me, “If only I was better or … [Read more...]


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