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Week 12: Convicted!

* 240 people enter this world every minute. 120 people die every minute. And 80 people die without knowing Jesus Christ. By the time you finish reading this blog, 230 people will have died. This statistic makes …

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Week 11: Plan B

I am on retreat today. It is a defensive retreat based on a breaking heart, diminishing returns and the beginning of an intense season of ministry for my family. (We run a Christian summer camp.) My afternoon retreat …

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Week 11: Dacha

Dacha is one of my favorite words. It’s Russian and I was introduced to it in the town of Istra, Russia in January 2012 while speaking on the topics of rest and retreat at a conference for …

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Week 11: Retreat!

“Retreat!” It’s a battle cry of the beloved. It’s strategic. It is revolutionary. My first personal retreat was the open gate that welcomed my heart back home to rest. As a deeply ingrained workaholic, the power of …

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Week 10: Knowing God #3

Be still and know that I am God… Psalm 46:10a Two scriptural accounts have formed my “knowing” God. Satisfied But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned …

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Week 9: God Speaks #2

God speaks to us through creation. He speaks to us through his Word. He speaks to us through quiet hearts. (Busy hearts, too, but the reception can be fuzzy.) When I was little, I was baffled—BAFFLED—by Jesus’ …

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