A Stone Alone is a Paperweight

There’s no castle or garden wall built from a single stone. The collection of many stones expertly positioned and fitted together make a sound structure. Each stone nestled into its place holds the thing together, part of a greater entity than it could be on its own. Likewise, the body of Christ is made up…

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Pressed but Not Crushed

Monday afternoon is here, the end of a long day of trying to teach Shakespeare to unruly high school students. I’m feeling pressed. The hamster cage is two days past its weekly cleaning. There are dishes in the sink that weren’t done yesterday. As soon as I got home and prepared a snack for my…

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Persevering Above the Fray

This is our last week of taking a look at life above the fray. We’ve addressed how to think, give, and love. For the last installment, our focus will be how to persevere above the fray. Perseverance is a critical skill that builds character, promotes peace, and honors God. I don’t know what you may…

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Loving Above the Fray

It’s easy to love those who are lovable. When people are cooperative and love us back, it’s a breeze. The challenge comes when relationships are messy, our tempers are short, and people disappoint us with their choices. Loving others above the fray is no easy task. The Bible has a wealth of things to say…

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Giving Above the Fray

Modern life is busy. Even when we try to simplify, things have a way of creeping back to a busy blur at times. This week, as we consider how to live above the fray, the topic is how we can give. Giving in this context means time and resources. It isn’t necessarily just about material…

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