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How living with less leads to abundance »

My Facebook newsfeed now seems to catch every article written on the topic of minimalism, (never mind that I’ve taught it to do that).

While I once thought minimalist referred to a sparse and unadorned furniture style, it turns out that, according to my Facebook curated sources, minimalism encompasses an entire lifestyle of choosing to live with less.

Before going any further with this, I recognize

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Virtual communion of saints »

by Collette Broady Grund

“There is a part of me [that] no longer wants to identify as a ‘Christian,’ even though my belief and faith in God hasn’t wavered,” Liz tweeted late one evening. A moment later, she tweeted, “If God really does call being gay a sin, then I don’t know if I can

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Restore your saltiness »

In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz shows Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown. Patty is telling Charlie that the teacher sent her to the principal’s office on the first day of school.

“It was your fault, Chuck,” she said.

“My fault? How could it be my fault?” he asked.

“You’re my friend, aren’t you, Chuck?

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Do we need to make serious changes? »

Most of us turn on the faucet and like magic we have fresh, safe water to cook with, brush our teeth with, shower with and drink.

Living in Michigan and surrounded by the Great Lakes, I never gave water a second thought.

Then about 10 years ago, I was working with a confirmation class, and we decided

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Be of good courage »

You never know when you plant a seed of faith.

In September of 1983, I was mother of two, ages 4 and 6. We lived in Kansas City, Missouri, when the unimaginable happened.

Ed, my husband, the loving, funny, caring father to those two little ones, died. He was 39 years old, acutely ill for six

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Renew a right spirit in me »

One of the many definitions of renew is to “replace something that is broken or worn out.”

Eight years ago, I found myself shattered after a tragic accident claimed my best friend’s life and I lost my job of more than 15 years. I felt broken beyond repair–hopeless and worn out.

I prayed to God for

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People appreciate a ‘Thank you’ »

“…If you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” Acts 13:15 (ESV)

How do you show your appreciation in the workplace?

Each year our company asks us to fill out an “Employee Engagement Survey.” One of the areas where we scored the lowest recently was appreciation.

As a supervisor, I try to write personal notes or electronic

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Blazing the trail »

It takes a village to raise a female pastor. Here I am, early in the second semester of my first year at Luther Seminary, and I realize how true this statement is.

I would not be sitting in my dorm room writing this if it weren’t for the village of women surrounding me.

There are the

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