Letting Go as Leaders

2020 has been one of the toughest years in our history. A worldwide pandemic, racial injustice, and a global economy teetering on disaster. Church leaders have faced enormous challenges that have left us exhausted. As leaders, we have felt like we’ve been walking through the fire. Here’s the thing: God often uses the fire of…

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Character Matters

America is in a crisis of leadership. Everyone knows it. No one knows what to do about it.  Our nation desperately needs good and sound leaders. As the wise man once said: ‘Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.’ (Proverbs 20:28 MSG) Admittedly, it’s hard to be a good and…

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3 Prayers to Pray for Those You Love

I have a prayer journal that I keep for each of my grandkids. After all, I have 14 grandchildren and my prayers for each of them were too many to fit all in one journal! I often borrow prayers from the New Testament book of Ephesians when I am praying for both my kids and…

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3 Habits to Let Go of in Order to Nurture Contentment

The wilderness is bleak and barren. I remember while traveling in Israel and Egypt several years ago, Steve and I went to the Sinai Desert. I have to tell you; it was barren for miles! I’ve always been a bit hard on the Israelites who complained in the desert and murmured against God… until I…

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He Came Not Only as the Lamb, but as the Lion of Judah

Last night as we were snuggled on a couch watching a movie, my husband, Steve, told me about a friend who had a mountain lion come up on his deck. I got to be honest, that would freak me out! Steve, however, a lover of wildlife encounters, thought it was pretty wonderful. That conversation got…

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Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God

Recently, I (Becky) had the opportunity to speak to a group of civic leaders. In that message, I referenced Micah 6:8 where the prophet answers the question, “What does the Lord require?” The Lord wants leaders to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Let’s lean into that a bit and see what…

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What Do We Know and Have because of the Ascension of Jesus?

“Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything you do.” Psalm 92:5 Everything that Jesus did was intentional. His every word and action either conveyed a vital message or achieved a strategic objective. The triumphal entry was loaded with meaning. The crucifixion was beyond purposeful. The resurrection changes everything!  But what about the ascension…

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…But Some Doubted – Matthew 28:17

This week as I was reflecting on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, I was struck by the observation in Matt. 28:17 that even when the disciples saw the risen Christ alive and standing in front of them with their own two eyes, some of them still doubted. I feel like I could relate. I’ve always…

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Reborn into a Living Hope

Over this last week, I’ve been reflecting on Peter’s letter to the refugees of his day. Many of his readers had lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones for the sake of Christ. They were well acquainted with ‘fiery trials’ and seemingly endless suffering. Yet the apostle reminds them in 1 Peter 1:3 that they’d been ‘given new birth into…

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