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Happy are those who mourn. Really?

“Happy are those who mourn.” That sentence doesn’t make sense, does it? How can you be happy if you are grieving? How do you find joy when you’re suffering from loss? Happiness and grief-they don’t usually go together. But Jesus put them together when he described his...

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How to live like a saint, because you are one

Do you consider yourself a saint? Last week the Catholic Church determined that Mother Teresa was worthy of the title. The world celebrated her life as the Pope ordained her as a Saint, nineteen years after her death. What about you? Are you worthy of the title? To be...

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When Jesus says, “Go home to your family.”

“Go into all the world.” Most of us are familiar with those parting words of Jesus. But what if the “world” Jesus wants you to go to is your family at home? This week I read a story in Mark about a man who was eager to travel to new lands with Jesus, but Jesus stopped...

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Top 10 posts from the Greenhouse – 3 year blogiversary

Hey friends! The Greenhouse has a new look! This summer is my 3 year anniversary for blogging at the Greenhouse, so it was time for some rearranging. I needed to update some structural details (this techy stuff is not my strength!), and I did some organizing and...

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A Prayer for Troubled Times

What do you pray lately in these times of trouble–bombs, gunshots, riots and terror? If the news leaves you speechless, try looking to the Psalms. You’ll find the ancient prayers of God’s people can be a helpful guide to your prayers today. Oppression and...

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When you want to parent differently than your own parents

25 years ago, Gary held our first newborn, Travis. He swaddled him in the baby soft blanket, tenderly kissed him on the forehead, and whispered, “I love you,” as he laid him down in the cradle to sleep. That may not seem like anything extraordinary for a father to do...

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10 Habits for a healthy marriage

I cut into a perfectly grilled steak at the moment the waitress tucked the pad in her pocket and paused at our table. She overheard that it was our anniversary. I was hoping she paused to offer a free dessert for our special occasion. Instead, she paused to receive...

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