Olivia Was A Spiritual Guide

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I am thoroughly convinced that paying attention is the greatest spiritual practice in our lives.

It looks different for all of us, but usually it means putting down the phone, looking at the person next to us, and seeing what happens.

This was the case on a recent flight home. Marissa and I sat next to a young woman named Olivia. And Olivia happened to be a spiritual guide.

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Because We Loved You

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There’s a small verse in the New Testament, almost hidden inside the book of 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes words of heartfelt gratitude and perspective to a church he founded.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:8 he writes, “Because we loved you, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well. ”

Paul captures the heart of the church, relational ministry, and the depth of relationships in God’s family in one small verse. This verse, to me, has become an anthem of sorts as I consider the rich ministry I’ve been able to share with so many.

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Learning To Love: Thoughts On Faith Formation In Young People

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One of the questions that seems most prevalent in youth ministry circles–outside of “how many students are in your youth group”–is how do you know if a teenager is growing in their faith?

It seems most of us long for some definable or measurable way to record faith formation. And I wonder if this quest, though often rightly motivated and sincere, is missing an invaluable piece of the puzzle.

Because maybe measuring faith isn’t something that is so easy to detect…at least not in the way we want to measure it.

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Facing Worry And Anxiety

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The year of 2018 has started off with some incredibly positive and life-affirming moments. But, in the spirit of full disclosure, there’s also been a struggle that has resurfaced for me. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with the nagging issue of worry.

Amidst many good and joyous things, there’s been this prolonged and consistent battle. So, I’ve been learning, yet again, what it means to confront worry and anxiety in my life.

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