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If God Doesn’t Heal You

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Weeks of chemotherapy eroded the lining of her mouth, mangled her immune system, and culminated in an hours-long surgery to carve out a tumor the size of a grapefruit. Throughout, friends and loved ones lifted up a heartfelt but singular prayer: Heal her, Lord. She wrapped herself in their words as if girding herself in […]

The True Story of Thanksgiving

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Come Thanksgiving Day each year, many of us give the nod to Pilgrims and Indians and talk of making ready for a harsh first winter in the New World. But for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go back to the Old World, way back before the Pilgrims, to a story as old […]

Do You Excuse Your Own Sin?

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We all know the deadly nature of sin, but we are often unaware of its subtle sidekick — the excuse. Excuses convert the seriousness of sin into a simple shoulder shrug. “It was just a mistake on a tired night.” No big deal. Not my fault. And just like that, we downgrade our greatest offenses […]

Jesus Wants Your Weakness

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Suffering has shown me that my strength is not in me. The raging seas have made me cling to the rock of my salvation. I can say in full conviction, “If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought ‘My foot slips’ […]

If You Want to Live Truly, Learn to Die Daily

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All year round the thorn of the gorse bush has been hardening and sharpening. Even in spring, the thorn does not soften or fall off. But at last, about halfway up, two brown furry balls emerge. They are small at first, but then they fully break out of last year’s thorn to flower into a […]

Awake, O Sleeper Radio: When Christians Invade ‘Safe Spaces’ In Seattle. Join Rachel Live at 2PM PST/5PM EST

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A recap of the ‘All Gods Must Die’ project. What happens when a group of Christians invade the ‘Safe Space’ of prominent neighborhoods in Seattle.  We will discuss the campaign leading up to the mission, the art, motives, methods our approach and descent, bringing the gospel into conflict with dark corners of the community.  To […]

Where Is God When I Need Him Most?

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 When I learned my dear friend was killed in a car accident this summer, I was stunned. She was my second mom, and a faithful wife, mother, and friend. She was unforgettable. And her life was snapped so abruptly that I couldn’t process it. Immediately I turned to the Lord. In this sick confusion, this […]

Weakness and Wonder: How to Worship Like Your Children

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“Rachel, look! A DUCK!” I heard six-year-old Sawyer call out in a giddy voice. Strangers nearby likely assumed Sawyer had never seen a duck before, though it was actually one of many he had seen that day. As a nanny, I have watched countless adults smile knowingly at the two children I care for, as […]

What If My Worst Fears Come True?

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What does it mean that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” so much so that “we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1–2)? More poignantly, what do you believe it means? That’s where the rubber of your faith meets the road of your real life. Crises of faith occur where the rubber of […]

Awake, O Sleeper Radio: God Can Redeem Those Who Have Abortions. Join Rachel Live at 4PM PST/7PM EST. 

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We can call abortion murder because we know a God that redeems murderers. These women do not claim to be victims but repentant children of God reconciled by the blood of Christ. Abortion is not the unforgivable sin. Often women who’ve had abortions do not come before the cross with Godly sorrow and a contrite […]

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