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I used to love the TLC show, What Not to Wear. It was a makeover show, where two fashion stylists, and their team of hair and makeup artists would totally transform an individual’s look.

Often the fashion offender would be caught on hidden video dressed inappropriately. Both funny and cringe-worthy…

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In the beginning was the Word…
(John 1:1, NIV)

This week, my family and I went to Northern California and visited Point Lobos Natural Preserve. We walked along seaside cliffs overlooking the ocean and saw colors, shapes, and textures that defied adjectives. …

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I’ve never gotten a tattoo because I have commitment issues. How could I possibly find a design or a saying that I’d love for the rest of my life? I’ve thought about getting a Bible verse tattooed on my hand or wrist, but there are so many I love. How…

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“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32, ESV).

They had hoped Jesus would redeem Israel, and usher in the kingdom of God, but now He was dead.

The events of Friday were like…

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“Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. (Luke 23:50–51, ESV).

Out of fear, Joseph…

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“Away with this Man and release to us Barabbas” — who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.” (Luke 23:18–19, NKJV).

The insurrectionists sat in their cells as they awaited their fate. They, who had once taken pleasure in creating chaos…

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Have you ever received a gift that changed your life? I mean a real long-term life-changer.

Not a car — they eventually stop running. Not cash — it eventually runs out. Not a vacation — they always come to an end.

I find that it’s harder to be a gift…

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“And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.’” (Luke 22:31–32, ESV).

The fact that God used an imperfect…

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“Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Luke 22:48 (NKJV)

The glow from the torches and lanterns snaked along the road from Antonia’s Fortress toward Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. …

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When I was in high school, I went on a ski retreat with my youth group. My friend Sarah had never skied before, and a very patient youth leader wanted to help teach her. After trying unsuccessfully to coach her how to ski, he decided to help her actually ski…

Cara Ray

Christian writer, blogger, and seeker of holy leisure. Finding Jesus truly satisfying. My cup overflows. To learn more:

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