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The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

The Super Natural Life – prayers for strength, words of wisdom, daily bible reading

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How do I fight and win my battles?

posted by Mark and Jill

Two particular stories in Scripture came to mind this morning as I was contemplating this question. One is from 2 Kings 18 and 19. King Sennacherib of Assyria was threatening King Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem. His menacing words […]

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A Posthumous Lesson from Dad

posted by Mark and Jill

A few weeks ago I found some goblets at my favorite antique store, “The Crooked Willow” just outside the little town where we work, Osakis, Minnesota. One of them was undoubtedly my Dad’s glasscutting work. I knew this would happen […]

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Cleaning House… Like Jesus

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus charged into the Temple in Jerusalem and chased out those who were swindling worshipers for their own benefit. Jesus’ zeal for God’s house meant that he would do anything to clean things up. We are all now God’s temple […]

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A Prayer for Harmony in Relationships

posted by Mark and Jill

Jesus prayed that His disciples would live in unity. In His last hours on the earth, this was foremost in His thoughts (John 17). His greatest desire was that His individual disciples would function as “one”, that they would get […]

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Kiss me Once Again

posted by Jill

Kissing seems is a theme in my Bible reading these days. (Mark and I follow the Moravian daily texts, reading through the Bible every two years, and we just finished Absalom’s rebellion.) It’s got me thinking… Kissing has long been […]

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One Day at a Time

posted by Jill

“One Day At A Time,” my mug tells me, steaming with licorice tea. My daughter, Emily gave me that mug shortly after my dad took his leave. Dad died four weeks ago, a mere 91 years old. Letting go of […]

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What Was I Thinking?!

posted by Jill

When our son was four years old, he declared one of the most profound and true things I’ve ever heard. He was sitting in the back seat of the car (It’s so embedded in my mind that I can even […]

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Giving Thanks in the Mess.

posted by Jill

Messes are bothersome. Especially when they are someone else’s messes that spill over. Literal messes are one thing, but what of other people’s emotional muck that transforms our own lives in negative ways? I get angry when this stuff happens. […]

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I See You God: Blinded by the Light

posted by Jill

My friend Diana gave me a journal that she named, “I see you God.” It is a specific place to record moments when God seems to pull back the curtain of Heaven and address my world in ways that only […]

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Go To The Dump, Old Maid

posted by Jill

Last weekend we spent a few days at our neighbor’s cabin in Wisconsin. We fished, played games, and watched a couple old movies like “Back To the Future” with Michael J. Fox. As I was cooking in the rustic kitchen […]

Long Live Mayberry

posted by Jill

Ask our family just about any question pertaining to the Andy Griffith show, and I’ll be embarrassed to admit how much we know. Our Andy Griffith Trivia Game is played with alacrity. We simply know way too much. We own […]

A Prayer for a New Graduate

posted by Jill

Today is like any other. The sun rises. The winds blow. Rain falls. Rain does not fall. People are born. They laugh. They cry. They dance. They die. Today “chronos” time is as it has been since You gave it […]

Praying With Jesus. Lent: Days 29-35

posted by Jill

Matthew 6:9-13 “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” Some things to think about: Here’s a startling even troubling truth: our relationship with God is conditioned on our relationship with other people.  We are invited […]

Hearing God Speak v

posted by Jill

Does it ever seem as if God speaks in riddles? Do you ever wonder why he doesn’t just come out and write words across the sky for us? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, we wonder too, and we speculate […]

Hearing God Speak iv

posted by Jill

Are ways we can increase our likelihood of hearing God speak? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, I [Mark] offer the following: What’s the difference between those who hear him and those who don’t? It’s as simple as how they […]

Hearing God Speak ii

posted by Jill

Here’s the introductory paragraphs to Nine Ways God Always Speaks, my [Mark’s] second book, co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann. Yes, we talk to God in prayer. Does God talk back? Some things are too good to be true: living to be […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:10-12

posted by Jill

David is God’s friend. God is David’s friend. This intimate Psalm written three thousand of years ago outlines for us what we can expect from God in this relationship. Prayer is based on the certain facts we know about God. […]

Friendship with God: Psalm 143:8-9

posted by Jill

David is banking on his friendship with God for everything. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
       for I am trusting you.
    Show me where to walk,
       for I give myself to you.
  9 Rescue me from my […]

Friendship with God

posted by Jill

God invites honesty from his friends. We can be – must be – transparent. And God not only tolerates us shooting straight, he honors it. When we know where we stand with him – as intimate friends – we can […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “You are My Health”

posted by Jill

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

A Prayer of Augustine: “You are My Health”

posted by Jill

St. Augustine didn’t trust his physical body. Prior to his conversion to Christianity Augustine had lived to please and indulge his own appetites. For the rest of his life on earth he considered his “flesh” as the enemy of his […]

Things That Go Bump in the Night

posted by Mark and Jill

Fears in the night are often just plain foolish – phantoms that amount to nothing but in the darkness of the moment appear larger than life. Recently I awoke in the night and found myself groaning in fear over how […]

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Good Morning, Jesus
I rise this morning, tired and weary, to another day of battle. Before I face it, I sleepily enter into the folds of Your garment. You stand with arms open to me. I shuffle forward and feel Your warmth surround me. In this secret, sweet place there is no fear there is no want th

posted 6:20:28pm Nov. 19, 2013 | read full post »

How do I fight and win my battles?
Two particular stories in Scripture came to mind this morning as I was contemplating this question. One is from 2 Kings 18 and 19. King Sennacherib of Assyria was threatening King Hezekiah and the city of Jerusalem. His menacing words contained lies and misinformation mingled with bits of truth.

posted 2:42:25am Sep. 25, 2013 | read full post »

A Posthumous Lesson from Dad
A few weeks ago I found some goblets at my favorite antique store, “The Crooked Willow” just outside the little town where we work, Osakis, Minnesota. One of them was undoubtedly my Dad’s glasscutting work. I knew this would happen one day; and I often looked at antique stores to find crystal

posted 6:25:20pm Sep. 20, 2013 | read full post »

Rest and the Rest will Follow
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Rest and the rest will follow!" 

posted 12:49:52pm Mar. 23, 2013 | read full post »

Jesus Flunks PR 101
Click here to listen in on our conversation "Jesus Flunks PR 101." He's anything but politically correct!

posted 12:48:30pm Mar. 22, 2013 | read full post »

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