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Finding My Gift :: No Truer Words

For the first thirty-four years of my life, I figured it was just me—too sensitive, too perceptive, too everything. I isolated myself to do everyone a favor.   When I visited Phoenix over spring break in 2012, my brother called because he wanted me to meet a friend. He felt bad that I’d never had a mentor, even though I had mentored so many, so he arranged for Kathy and me to meet each other for coffee.   An hour before I was to meet Kathy, a vomiting migraine pummeled me. But when you’re desperate, even searing pain won’t stop you from getting what...

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Faith in the Dark :: When You Experience Otherwise

  Today I’m celebrating the release of my friend Addie Zierman’s second memoir Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark. I’ve read the book and I think you should, too. Addie asked her community to join in the conversation with this invitation: In this synchroblog, I’m hoping you’ll tell me your stories of faith in the darkness. One of my least favorite things in both American and Christian culture is how quickly we skip over the dark spaces of our stories to get to the redemption and beauty and light. I want to spend a little time talking about...

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How I Learned to Read a Map

This week, I'm guest posting on Rebecca Duvall's site In His Way. Rebecca's testimony recently aired on The 700 Club; she's an authentic voice in the faith community, and we're happy to partner with her in sharing our stories. Here's a bit of mine that you can read entirely on her site. -Renee “It then occurred to me that this was not the first time I had been given a map that failed to show many of the things I could see right in front of my eyes. All through school and university I had been given maps of life and knowledge on which there...

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My One Word: The F! Word

I know what you're thinking, but this "F!" doesn't mean what you think it does.   This "F!" is from my love language catalogue: Fun.   When I first heard my One Word 2016, hope swelled within me, but then I wondered if it was too good to be true. I am three-quarters full-of-faith and one-quarter plagued-with-doubt. I requested a Scripture confirmation, and I received this:   [blockquote text='"Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he." -Isaiah 41:4' text_color='' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='no' quote_icon_color='' quote_icon_size='']   At once I understood the connection of...

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Prism One Word 2016: Join Us and Win!

“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish.” -Proverbs 29:18a, AMPC   [dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']H[/dropcaps]arvard Business School researched the importance of setting specific goals. They discovered 84% of graduates had no specific goals while 13% had goals, although unwritten; a mere 3% had written down specific goals with a strategy to achieve them. The 3% with defined goals and strategies earned on average 10 times more than those who did not, combined[1].   It’s no coincidence that biblical advice reveals the same wisdom: when we seek God about his vision for us, the likelihood of our lives feeling...

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What the World Needs Now

[dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hen Jesus tells his disciples, and therefore us, that we’ll have many troubles in the world but to take heart in his overcoming, my heart is bolstered against news of heartache, terrorist attacks, or unfair death.   I think we show ourselves as biblically and spiritually mature Christians when we embrace Richard Feynman’s assertion that he “would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” Most true believers I know and interact with aren’t afraid to cast doubt on long-held beliefs: often, this questioning allows them to reconcile their faith with the truth—of...

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Our Discoveries :: Event Highlights

Prism :: Discover  Saturday, October 10, 2015  New City Church :: Phoenix, Arizona    Discovering what God has created us for is adventurous. Prism :: Discover was a workshop-driven event where women evaluated their identities, values, and purposes to align their lives better with the spirit of God.   Here’s a recap of the day:   Worship Director Rachel O. set the tone by pronouncing her anthem, “Discovery,” over the women. The theme set by the Holy Spirit is that our God is a good, good father.   Director of Excellence Nicole Cottrell spoke boldly about our identities in Christ.   WORKSHOPS:   -Identity, Part 1 :: Write a lie you believe on a black...

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Get Out of Your Own Way

"God rewards all growth with pruning.” –Bill Johnson   “But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.” –Hebrews 10:32-34 ESV   [dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] know less now about the mysteries of God than I did as a Bible college student—luxuriating in the company of the enlightened...

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We Heal Because He First Heals Us

Twenty years ago, when I was wild with wonder about the Lord’s purposes for my life, I sipped café mochas with my college classmates and contemplated the big deals of life: calling, purpose, pain. I asked how if our testimonies had been sullied—occupied with abuse and loss and depression, as mine was—how were we of any value to God’s people?   I don’t remember the name of the young man sitting across from me, but I remember his strawberry blond hair. His eyebrows were thick and almost translucent; they lit up his face. He looked at me and deliberated aloud about the...

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Hope Deferred and the Art of a Good Story  

  [dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']P[/dropcaps]racticed readers know that a story is as good as its first chapter, sometimes its first paragraph. To understand our story within the arc of God’s narrative, the concept doesn’t change: we look to the beginning of the story to understand its end.   In the first book of the Bible, we meet a seventeen-year-old Joseph who has just revealed two dreams he received from the Lord, which prophesy of his unique calling. This news rouses his older brothers’ jealousy. They, in turn, sell him into slavery, which is the means by which Joseph fulfills his prophetic dream and...

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