To Grow As Tall a Tree As God Has Planted

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I was far away from home when a friend of a friend said she had a word from God for me. She had been praying about it for weeks. I sat on a tall stool …

Blowing Over: A Hurricane Remembrance

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The ordinary shoves up against the monumental. — Colum McCann On a Saturday afternoon in late August, three years ago, Hurricane Irene brought her wind and dropped her water as Richmond, Virginia, experienced the harsh effects …

Culture

August 26 2014

Who Do You Need Him to Be?

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On a normal day, not too long ago, some garden friends and I were exchanging a number of prayer requests, when one bright girl stopped us in our tracks and asked if we could pray …

Culture

August 25 2014

when i miss the stories

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My wife tells me that the goal of a PhD is to be so able to communicate an idea with clarity and effective argument to the extent that you don't need footnotes. She means, ultimately, …

We All Face the Sun Together

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For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. –Romans 1:20   The sand is warm …

Ace Ventura, I Am, and me…

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The movie that coined the phrase “All-righty Then” has brought me much joy and laughter since its debut. In fact my husband, Ben, affectionately calls me Melissa Ventura because of my love for animals and …

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