Shalom: Its Meaning and Promise

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Shalom is a Hebrew word with a meaning that encompasses so much life, goodness and promise. In a nutshell, it’s universal flourishing. If you travel to or live in Israel, shalom means both hello and good-bye. It’s been used in …

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Why Your Worldview Matters

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Your “worldview” is the perspective by which you see, understand and interpret life. Worldview impacts what we believe, what we do and how we make our decisions. People with differing worldviews interpret events, objects and people (themselves and others) differently. …

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Beauty in the Ordinary

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Do you look for beauty in the ordinary things of life? It’s easy to take “ordinary” beauty for granted. But it’s out there, and will enrich our soul and spirit if we slow down enough to look for it! Ordinary …

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The Value of Extended Time with God

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Most nature and outdoor lovers like you and me thrive on extended time in the wilderness, at a cabin or campsite, on a multi-day trek. We value it and look forward to it. We make plans weeks, months, even years …

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“Beauty is God’s Handwriting”

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“Beauty is God’s handwriting” is a phrase from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher and poet, 19th Century). Its context is a wonderful reminder to us: “Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful;For beauty is …

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Why Beauty Matters to Us

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Beauty is an amazing gift from an amazing God. If it serves no other purpose than to bring us joy…a smile…an “ah” feeling inside…then it’s worth it. When my dad started to experience memory-loss episodes a few years ago, my …

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How to Use a Daily Devotional

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How you use a daily devotional depends on you—your learning and reading style, the amount of time you decide to put into it, how deep you want to go. Here are some ideas on how to use and get the …

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