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“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17, NIV) Fireworks over the Willamette River – note image of the American flag in cascading sparks.   As passion-hearted disciples of Christ, we follow after a loving God who continuously declares freedom over us. Our Father doesn’t chain us or condemn us […]

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“Click!” Jennifer Jansen, a fictional young detective who solves mysteries, captures scenes with her photographic memory. That gift earned her the nickname “Camera,” or “Cam” for short.  She solves cases about gold coins, diamonds, television dogs, monkeys, and chocolate fudge as she retrieves images stored in her mind, just in time to catch bad guys. […]

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              Are you wrestling a ferocious crocodile today? I hope so. Does that overbearing reptile threaten to tear your arm off in one bite? Awesome! Why? Because if nothing goes wrong, it’s not an adventure. Think about it. Where would Marty McFly be without Biff Tannen, a lightning storm, […]

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My delightful Jesus friend Wendy Dunn shares this peanut butter story: “I went last night to a sixtieth birthday party for a special friend. Over a hundred people were there who had been touched by her life. I also talked to another dear friend whose mother had recently died. This morning I woke up thinking […]

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Today we hear about the peanut butter jar from my friend William Cowie. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~> It took me too long to discover that the jar is not the important thing. Nobody looks at it and says, “My, what a nice jar!” No, they only think about the peanut butter. A famous photographer was invited to a […]

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“If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? My friend Christopher Bates shares this wisdom: “This brings to mind that old Caribbean proverb:  ‘To the man who is not hungry, the coconut has a […]

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I asked friends, “If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? What helps us access self-love?” Here are more responses: Sarah Bures: The only way my jar was opened was by wise folk who […]

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I asked friends, “If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? What helps us access self-love?” Here’s what they said: Sue Miholer:  We need a rubber grip. The Holy Spirit does that for us–helps […]

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[God]… comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Cor. 1:4) Not long after Tim and I gave birth to our precious stillborn baby, Mary Beth, in August 1991, we connected with pastors we knew at a local […]

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At a frog-jumping contest in the summer of ’85, good ole’ Jumpin’ Jimmy lost the fifty-inch dash. But as the afternoon wore on, I shook our loss off, and got back into the spirit of the game. I picked Jumpin’ Jimmy up and gave him a Wheaties atta boy pep talk. Soon, bursting with excitement, […]

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