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Archives for September 2015

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On celebration

The discipline of celebration is especially important for people in exile....

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Take a measured response

Across the empire, the uniform posture of the Jews was to protect themselves, not to take advantage....

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A mature response to opposition

A mature response recognizes that not everyone is an enemy, but that enemies are real....

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A calling rediscovered

In exile, God’s people often rediscover their calling....

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Rapid Rise

God’s people in exile rise to power when they demonstrate faithfulness and character. But things rarely run in a straight line....

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Disturbing Justice

Throughout Scripture we’re called to hold onto both sides of God’s character: mercy and justice. ...

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Focus your communication

Esther refused to dilute the persuasiveness of her request....

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Gift in the limelight

Is there a gift you been waiting to apply and unleash?...

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Operational atheism

Where in your life do you see operational atheism (ie. you running your plans as if there is no God)? ...

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Play the game

Where in your life is God calling you to step in and play the game by the rules?...

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The Virtue of Credit

Choosing to credit God grows our sense of connection with God’s great story in the world....

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Between superstition and cynicism

There’s a tension around prayer....

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Stepping out in faith and community

Esther stepped out in faith and she also stepped out in community. ...

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For Such a Time as This

The place where God invites us to step in is often surprising and un-expected. ...

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Hard Truth

How do you think Mordecai’s conviction shaped his willingness to speak the hard truth to Esther? ...

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What do I not know

When people hustle us through our grief or drag their heels when we think they should move on, asking the “What do I not know?” question makes a huge difference....

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Responding to lament

Those who push us to too quickly abandon our grief often do so with good motives....

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Let Lament Happen

There’s something significantly healthy to an honest season of lament following a loss. ...

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Conflicts always have backstory

Conflicts always have history. They always have backstory. And sometimes it has nothing to do with you....

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The Crisis is the Moment

When we have crisis-moments in our lives, they can feel like obstacles and detours, barriers keeping us from living the lives God has called us to live. ...

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Stormcrows and silence

We all know people who revel in drama and darkness....

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Drawing a line

Healthy boundaries almost always receive resistance, especially when we first put them into place. But they are so worth it!...

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