Rear View of Group of Friends HuggingOver the last several months my family has faced a number of challenges—ranging from specific illnesses and injuries to general life hurdles. Through it all we’ve been surrounded by the loving support of family and friends. Whether through encouraging Facebook comments, prayer groups, or meals and flowers, everyone has a different way of letting us know they are standing with us.

Even an introvert like me has to admit that community is vital to human health—physically, mentally, and spiritually. The Bible’s been declaring this message for thousands of years. (more…)

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Confession: I started listening to Christmas music well before Halloween. Yes, I’ll admit I’m one of those people who can’t get enough Yuletide spirit. But sandwiched between the trick-or-treating and gift-wrapping sits Thanksgiving, that wonderful annual reminder to stop and reflect on the blessings in our lives.

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