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Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

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As part of the Explore God series, this Sunday I preached on one of the hardest and oldest questions of life: Why could a good God allow pain and suffering in the world? Entering into this question was challenging. My years on this earth don’t feel sufficient to answer this from my own experience, but God’s Word provides us a way forward.  spoiler alert: this is a long post–audio above if…

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Principles of Leadership Success

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Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but the beginning of the school year is full of possibilities but always spins me upside down–and we are in the midst of that this week! These are the kind of weeks where I have to put all my emotions in timeout and just do life–it’s not the week to evaluate my purpose, figure out what’s wrong or make sweeping statements about what needs to…

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The Cloud You Didn’t Know You Needed

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I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I love it ALL. I love the pageantry and the uniforms and the human interest stories. I love watching random events and I convinced a friend of mine that we absolutely could qualify for the modern Pentathlon if we trained hard enough. Note: the modern pentathlon involves fencing someone, and then jumping in a pool and swimming 200 meters, jumping on a horse that you…

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Telling the whole story

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I never wanted to be a counselor.  My younger self was drawn to “big things”, purposeful things, things that take strategy and action plans and big steps. But in the way life often happen, I ended up with a counseling degree and an office with a big couch and a fluffy chair and a soothing paint color, spending hours doing the work that was quiet, hidden away and almost never felt…

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Your One Thing

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Once upon a time, I was pregnant for what must have been decades. The first two were less than two years apart, and then we gave it a little time but still managed to spend a year with three kids under five. Three kids under five might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to have people stare at you in the grocery store, to raise a ruckus in the fast…

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dis·ap·point·ment ˌdisəˈpointmənt/ noun the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. I hate disappointment. You may think, sure, everyone hates disappointment, but I hate it-hate it. I think “nonfulfillment of one’s hopes” might just be one of the worst realities of the human condition. I’ve struggled with disappointment my whole life. When I was in my twenties, I remember a poignant conversation with…

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