Loved Beyond Measure

I opened up a note from Ben, a close friend of mine, who lives in West Africa. His words and reflections from Brennan Manning inspired me so deeply, and spoke so profoundly into this moment of my life. I want to pass this treasure on "into" to you as we all prepare our hearts for Good Friday and Easter.   …

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The Decision

How We See Changes Everything   By Faith Wilson, Guest Contributor   I glanced over at the student sitting next to me. Drawing with ease, a perfectly beautiful image was emerging onto her sketch pad. She hummed contentedly as her skilled hand began to deftly shade in her masterpiece. I looked at my own sketch pad. It …

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Its Rare. Its Beautiful. Its the Secret to Living a Brilliant Life

I’ve heard the word a thousand times in a thousand different contexts. It takes many different meanings and nuances. Certain furniture is said to have it. Schools claim to teach it. We hear people lament that they can't find it any more.   Character.   What is character and why is it so essential in our quest to raise up a generation …

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Into the Flood (on dry land)

INTO THE Flood (on dry land) “…and the feet of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks during the whole time of harvest) that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away … …

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i am risen

A Prayer for Easter   Can you see me? I’m helpless here. A clatter of dry bones lying on this sofa. Breathing but dead. Don’t bother to knock. I ain’t getting up any time soon. Just open the door. Come on in if you like. Put your ear right here, close to my soul. Listen. …

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A Stolen Glimpse of Heaven

A Stolen Glimpse of Heaven By Faith Wilson The project was about visual literacy. My professor had given us 10 words and we had to take one photo that represented each word; diffusion, economy, exaggeration, etc. The project due date was quickly approaching. I frantically searched my apartment for something to alleviate the assignment. “Hmmm, …

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Going for Broke

By Faith Wilson Jacob’s life didn’t unfold as he had hoped. In Genesis 32 he is about to reach the victorious culmination of his story–the moment when he reunites in forgiveness with his brother. His moment of honor, acceptance and recognition had finally come. All would be well again. Instead, he is caught by disaster. …

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The Raw Material for Beauty

The Raw Material for Beauty An Essay on Suffering, Creativity and Hope By Paul Richardson   This article is written in response to a recent tragedy. A friend ended his own life on Sunday morning, January 22, 2012. He was an artist.   Throughout history, the most enduring creative expressions are most often created within …

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Soil on Steroids

One thing that continually amazes me, after calling Indonesia my home for the last 12 years, is how fertile the soil is on Java. Fertile is actually an understatement.  Active volcanoes pour their nutrient rich dust on the landscape year round and the rainy season drenches our island for about half the year, the result …

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