Advice for the New Christian: Grow Where God Planted You

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Why has God planted you where you are? New Christians often presume that a faithful response to Christ’s invitation means they need to enter into some form of “full-time ministry.” In their rush to follow their Lord, they often fail to consider their natural strengths, talents, abilities, connections, or resources.  In other words, what plans might the Master Gardener have to use them as they grow – right where they are? Jesus describes God as a Sower, generously spreading the … [Read more...]

What Single Act of Kindness Has Most Inspired You?

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It began with only one. It always begins with one. I sat beside a tranquil pond the other day. Planning. Plotting. Dreaming. An occasional fish flipped to the surface splashing after a buzzing bug. The usual summer stuff. And then it began. Somewhere around the edge of that still and stagnant pond, one frog croaked. Just one. It sounded awkward, uncertain. And lonely. But not for long. Over the next few minutes a few more more croaks joined in. Then more. Again. And … [Read more...]


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