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Unexpected

Unexpected by Maralee Parker Unexpected: A Memoir of Endurance and Triumph in Raising a Challenging Child Has your life gone as planned? I can hear many of you saying a big NO to that! Life can be very challenging, and full of the unexpected. God has called me to share the story of our family’s…

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Learning to Pray with the Scriptures

Learning to Pray with the Scriptures Read each scripture and let God’s Word guide your prayer One of the best ways to read the Bible is to use it to pray back to God. It helps us claim His Words but also to apply them as we speak back to God. In fact, many parts…

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A Guide to Friendship

A Guide to Friendship by Jessica Galván Begin to heal It’s no surprise that we have all been too distant this past year. Unable to physically be with our friends has made it almost impossible to be present for one another and to literally walk alongside in life together. You may have been able to…

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The Greatest Scientist

The Greatest Scientist by Jessica Galván For the longest time, science and faith existed as opposites. Thinkers and scientists study our physical world to explain what we experience on earth. Faith leaders and believers study the Bible and the miraculous to gain evidence of an all-knowing and loving God. For Gaby, a Doctor of Neurology…

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Who Are You Becoming?

Who Are You Becoming? by Jessica Galván As I read Philippians, Paul’s devoted and wise letter to the followers of Christ in Philippi, I imagine a man shackled in a cold, damp prison. This man could easily be my small group leader, my sister in Christ, or any other fellow believer. Imagining someone so dear…

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Putting Finances Back Into Our Faith

Putting Finances Back Into Our Faith by Jessica Galván For many of us, faith and finances just don’t go together. I remember in college working multiple jobs to pay for tuition and costs of living. Money came whenever I worked, and I spent it wherever needed. There was no room for faith in my finances.…

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5 Fall Things to Do in Chicago

5 Fall Things to Do in Chicago by Jessica Galván Fall has swiftly blown into Chicago trickling down a colorful rug of leaves on our sidewalks. This is easily my favorite season. It prepares me for the end of the year, hearing the crunchy leaves beneath my feet as I walk the city streets, wearing…

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Soul Care Retreat

Soul Care Retreat Planning Guide and Resources What is a soul care retreat? Soul care is an important but often neglected spiritual discipline. The pace of life, myriad of responsibilities, and overwhelming feeling to “just keep swimming” begins to take a toll on your soul. In the midst of a busy, chaotic, confusing season, sometimes…

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The Vine is Moving Forward

The Vine is Moving Forward by Hannah Whitted The Vine is Moving Forward Amidst the Pandemic  Jessica Quigley gives us an inside look into her life as director of The Vine, a program within New Life Centers. She shares her highs, lows, and everything in between as The Vine continues to push through the coronavirus…

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What is God Doing in This Crisis?

Where is God in this Crisis? by Pastor Mark Jobe We are living through a Trilogy crisis. First, it started with a health crisis the world hasn’t seen in over one hundred years: the global pandemic. Then, we went into a financial crisis and 40 million Americans filed for unemployment. Right after that, George Floyd’s…

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