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Encounter Friday: Partnering With God

Partnering with God The following passage was written by Zechariah and it is about a vision he had of being in Heaven with God, the angels, and Joshua. By the way, this Joshua was a high priest, not Joshua from Jericho. Zechariah 3: 3-5 reads: Now Joshua was dressed in …

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Encounter Thursday: Explore

The theme of this week’s encounter is exploring faith, and while I was thinking about what to write I remembered a drawer I have in my room holding old memories. It’s completely devoted to old Bible verses I loved, journals from Bible camps and missions trips, and other memories of …

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Encounter Wednesday: Exploring Forgiveness

There are many times in life when we need to come to terms and make amends with our past. This process is called forgiveness. This is difficult no matter the situation. Forgiveness isn’t only about others, but also your personal spiritual growth. People who are unable to forgive hold a …

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Sacred Space

I was inspired to write about this by my pastor in my class. Sacred space – A space or time that is open to feeling and hearing God, when you take the time to stop and breathe and be filled with wonder. When I walked into the cafe, where this …

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Reflection Fridays: Encounter & Psalm 8

Take a few moments to read and reflect through Psalm 8. As you read, think about God, His creation, and you.  What thoughts come up as you read? 1 Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory     in the heavens. 2 Through the …

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Recovering Wonder

This moment is profound. It is significant. I’m not doing anything. I am sprawled in a recliner, twenty feet from the ocean. This is the extent of my activity. Submerged in sunshine, I contemplate life and the panorama before me. I can see surging breakers, rolling over an azure ocean. …

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Snow, Fresh Faith & a Sense of Wonder

I’d love for you to imagine the moment you saw snow for the first time.  Maybe you just came from another country that doesn’t have a white winter, or maybe you were two years old when you were awestruck with the small delicate flakes that floated to the ground. You …

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Waves of Life

God knows how much I need Him, that’s no secret. Once again we come to the end of a week of Encounter the last on of the year in fact. I look forward to Encounter week because it’s the time when we finally get real. We get real, and we …

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Encounter Friday: Others

“You are who your friends are.” This phrase is a fundamental teaching in life; your friends shape you—they change you. Whether you like it or not, the people you value determine your character—the way you think, speak, and act. In fact, we have heard this advice from adults so constantly …

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