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Tag: Lori Anderson

Who is the widow? Caring for Vulnerable Women

Who is the widow? Caring for Vulnerable Women

(Inside: Expanding our definition of the “widow” and helping vulnerable women) Who is the Widow? Soothing music filled the gently lit room. The comforting scent of aroma therapy candles enveloped me as the gifted hands of the massage therapist worked the knots out of my […]

Gimme Shelter: Reaching Out to the Homeless

Gimme Shelter: Reaching Out to the Homeless

(Inside: How to help the homeless and under-housed.) “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20 Jesus knew what it was like to have no place to lay […]

No More Excuses: Simple Ways to be in God’s Word

No More Excuses: Simple Ways to be in God’s Word

(Inside: Practical ways to be in the Word.) What’s your excuse? “I’m too busy.” “It’s hard to understand.” “I don’t know what part to read.” “I just don’t like to read.”  There are probably a million reasons why we don’t read God’s word for ourselves. […]

It’s the Dawn of a New Day!

It’s the Dawn of a New Day!

It’s the dawn of a new day! Jesus has risen! Hallelujah! His sacrifice freed us from the bondage of sin. Thank you, God! His resurrection broke death’s hold on us. Amen and Amen! Because he has risen, we also will be raised. Now this is […]

Mary Magdalene: A Faithful Follower’s Great Reward

Mary Magdalene: A Faithful Follower’s Great Reward

Followers Essena O’Neil,  an Australian teenager who’d risen to Instagram stardom with over a half a million followers, suddenly quit Instagram. Completely shut down her page. And she made headlines. She shocked the world because everyone knows how hard it is to gain followers like […]

The Hope Found in the Story of an Unfaithful Disciple

The Hope Found in the Story of an Unfaithful Disciple

One of the things I think of when I remember being a little girl is skinned knees. It wasn’t that I was clumsy, I think I just had too great an opinion of my own abilities. I was the kind of kid who would jump […]

Crying Out to God: Learning to Lament

Crying Out to God: Learning to Lament

 picture by https://pixabay.com/en/users/ulleo-1834854/ Crying Out to God I stood alone in my livingroom – the gray of the dimly lit room pressing in around me. I could hardly breathe – despair crushing my chest like a massive weight. Falling to my knees in front of […]


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