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The Essence of Jesus…
According to Jesus

There may be no better and more complete summary of who Jesus is and what he is like than his seven “I AM” statements from John’s gospel. These seven statements are an autobiography of sorts, as well as a blueprint for how he insists on relating to us – and us to him. I encourage […]

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Moments with Kym:
Doing What You’re Called To Do

It’s a story I’ve shared countless times, but one that is able to explain how I found my way. I was a freshman at Southwest Texas State University, and an elementary education major – determined to follow in my mother’s footsteps. She had died less than a year prior to me setting foot on my […]

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Faith @ Work:
Becca Rhea Frederick

Today we have the pleasure of sitting down with Becca Rhea Frederick, Owner, and Operator of Barnyard Boarding in Hope Hull, Alabama. Thank you so much for taking the time to share how your faith is at work out in the community where God has placed you. To begin with, how long have you been […]

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The Intersection:
Pray For Our Leaders

We are instructed in Scripture to pray for our leaders, which is a great watchword following a contentious election season. 1st Timothy 2 states: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead […]

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The Counselor’s Corner:
The Search for Self Care

If you’ve been conscious during 2020… or really any other year, then stress is a concept you may have encountered. An article written by the American Psychological Association reports that: “One-third of Americans are living with extreme stress and nearly half of Americans (48 percent) believe that their stress has increased over the past five […]

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With All This Uncertainty,
Is There Any Hope

With all of the uncertainty around us, I find myself drawn to the lyrics of a song from Andrew Peterson titled “Is He Worthy?” In it, he asks: Do you feel the world is broken? Do you feel the shadows deepen? Do you wish you could see it all made new? Each time the answer […]

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My View of Easter Has Changed

Written across the bottom of this Polaroid in my mother’s cursive reads “Easter 1978”. Clinched tightly in me and my brother’s hands, posing there in the front yard, are the glorious treasures of Easter morning. Marshmallow Peeps, Chocolate Bunnies, Cadbury Eggs, and what seemed like a never ending supply of jelly beans that filled the […]

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Ministry Spotlight:
New Leaf Consignment

Ministry takes many hands and feet to do the work of the mission. That is something that Rebecca Healey knows all too well. When she and her husband Trip planted Ridge Church, they knew that God was leading them to minister to the Wetumpka area and beyond, but it was going to require hiring people […]

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Are You Fighting More
And Enjoying It Less?

Recipe for a heated argument:Take 1 group of people (a family).Mix it with close proximity (a house).Bake it in a 24/7 oven for unknown duration.Makes a batch full of contention. As we become relieved at the possibilities of what a vaccine can do in the upcoming months; as we look at the grim prospect of […]