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The Word of God is now in over 3,200 languages!!!

I have a good friend who works for Wycliffe Bible Translators – I saw this news article today and thought of him – such exciting news that the Word of God is now available in at least some form in over 3,200 languages, including the full Bible in 636 languages!!!  You can check out the article […]

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12 Prayers to Keep Christ in Christmas

Looking for a way to keep things in perspective this Christmas season and make sure Christ doesn’t get lost in all the hustle and bustle?  I think this simple prayer guide from the Navigators could be a big help – check it out here!  

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What to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner?

Ok – I’m an introvert at heart, so I have a really hard time making small talk when I’m in large groups, especially if they are people I don’t know well.  I received this today from Donald S. Whitney, the author of Family Worship – 10 questions to ask at your Thanksgiving gathering. I may give this […]

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Should I Try to be my Child’s Friend?

Great question – one we as parents probably struggle with a lot.  Paul David Tripp has something to say about all this – I think it is a really good word:   Should I Try to Be My Child’s Friend? from Crossway on Vimeo.

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Wycliffe #WhyBible Campaign

Many young people today feel the Bible has no relevance to their lives – Wycliffe Bible Translators is trying to do something about this with their #WhyBible Campaign – check out the video below:  

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#WhyBible – Does the Bible Still Matter?

Barna’s 2016 “State of the Bible” survey highlights that while Americans hold various views on the Bible, one in five teens and one in three millennials believe that the Bible is not divinely inspired. What is more, only 16 percent of millennials would say that the Bible is the actual Word of God. I have […]

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Show my Child Grace, or Lay Down the Law?

Are you a parent?  Do you ever struggle with the tension between law and grace?  Are the two things – law and grace – fundamentally at odds, or do they complement one another? Check out this great word from author and teacher Paul David Tripp called “Show my Child Grace, or Lay Down the Law?” […]

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YouVersion Stories: Noah Snyder

I love the YouVersion app on my iPhone – it’s such a great way to have the Bible with me anywhere, and I especially love that I can access dozens of different versions of the Word right at my fingertips! Pro surfer and gym owner Noah Snyder uses the YouVersion Bible app as well – […]

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Recipe of the Week – Mini Apple Pies

Well it has been a long, LONG time, but I thought it would be fun to bring back Ryan’s Recipe of the Week! Many of us are intimidated by the thought of baking a pie; a couple weeks ago I found myself wondering if there was an easier way to bake a pie, and have […]

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Another Reason to Thank God for Viruses(?!?)

I woke up this morning with a bad earache, probably the first severe one I’ve had in over 10 years. I also received my weekly e-mail update from reasons.org, the ministry of Hugh Ross, a researcher who uses science to show that what the Bible says about our universe is true. One of the articles […]

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Give a Bible: Change a Life

I got this request this week from the International Bible Society: Dear fellow Christ follower, As you know, radical Islam is spreading around the world. And it seems that all we hear about is about the suffering, lost lives and tragedy it brings. But – in the face of so much unspeakable evil – there […]

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Ryan’s Recipe of the Week – Candied Pecans

Want a super easy to make treat that will have people beating down your doors begging for more?  This is it – Candied Pecans!  The recipe takes a little over an hour (you have to stir them every 15 minutes for an hour) but they are well worth the wait.  Use them as toppings on […]

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November is National Adoption Month

I know so many of you are passionate about protecting and cherishing life, and that includes foster care and adoption. Did you know November is officially National Adoption Month? Iowa KidsNet is a statewide organization that helps Iowa families who are seeking to foster, or adopt children out of foster care. Every year 23,000 children […]

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The Oldest Reference Ever Found for the City of Jerusalem

I love archaeology.  I love even more how archaeology shows that what the Bible says is true.  I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Israel 3 times (1992, 2005, and 2009) and love visiting places that the Bible talks about and seeing them first-hand. There was an article today about a 7th Century BC papyrus […]

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The One Thing That Makes Parenting Tough Today

Author Paul David Tripp wrote a devotional article today entitled, “The One Thing That Makes Parenting Tough Today” – I think he really hit the nail on the head with just how distracted we all are today. It’s a good read – check it out: Every culture and generation could say, “Parenting is particularly hard […]

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