Posts by AbigailW

Unity in Diversity

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Stories

Unity in Diversity

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV) This past Sunday, I preached on this passage in 1 Corinthians. The audio will be posted here, but in case you missed it, here’s an overview. The first point I made was that each of us is important to the Church—the body of believers. No one is too young, too old, too poor, too sick, too broken—too anything—to be used by God. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to...

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Your Identity in Christ

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Stories

Your Identity in Christ

Last week, Keith urged Creeksiders to read the first three chapters of Ephesians. “The best part about these chapters,” he said, “is that there’s nothing to do; it’s all about who you are.” He emphasized that we must first be the people God wants us to be before we can do what God wants us to do. Here’s the cheat sheet for your homework—all you have to do is read it. Bookmark the link, or if you’re reading this in email, mark it unread again when you’re done, so that you can come back to it tomorrow. If you click here, Bible Gateway has a free audio version available as well, or you can...

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Taking Action in Troubled Times

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Stories

Taking Action in Troubled Times

Taking Action in Troubled Times God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV) The news out of Charlottesville, VA, this weekend was dire indeed—angry people marching under Nazi flags and shouting demands. Condemning them is necessary, but not enough. What can I do? What can any of us do? It feels overwhelming. The news seems to be going from bad to worse, and we get a constant...

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Everlasting Life

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Stories

Everlasting Life

This is an article from the archives, which I first wrote ten years ago. “…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16b KJV) Allow me to share with you a profound sentence. It was innocuously nestled inside Day 8 of an advent devotional called The Christ of Christmas. …now you are born again in a life that will outlast the stars. There, simply stated, as if it were common knowledge, was a truth so powerful that it blew away everything else I was thinking. Now read it one more time. Your life will outlast the stars! Rich or poor, righteous or wicked,...

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A God Who Does “Women’s Work”

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Stories

A God Who Does “Women’s Work”

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NIV) I really enjoyed the new Wonder Woman movie, an origin story that was funny, interesting, and (without spoiling anything) not full of bitterness and revenge. A few weeks ago, an opinion piece about it popped up in my social media feeds. Its premise is that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is an amazing representation of Biblical womanhood—someone who is strong enough to fight but motivated by love; someone who feels deeply, but finds her emotions a source of strength...

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Tantrums and Torments

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Stories

Tantrums and Torments

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a NIV) I hate getting frustrated at my kids, but lately they’ve been throwing temper tantrums in response to the most basic requests. Even when I use all my tricks, when it finally comes time to turn off the video or wash their hands, they act like I’ve asked them to cut off their arm! Sometimes they protest things we do literally every day—like getting dressed. It makes me want to scream! I was telling this to my counselor, who observed that my kids might be upset about something they...

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Love God, and Do What You Want

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Stories

Love God, and Do What You Want

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 ESV) While sitting in silence recently, contemplating my Lenten devotional, I came to understand something that had been worrying me for nearly my whole life. It’s been my dream to write books ever since I realized that books come from people writing them. I’ve planned to do it, poked away at it, spent time and money and credit hours on it, and frequently felt guilty for doing so. Last September, circumstances finally came together to allow me to quit my day job and write full time, and it’s been...

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A Missionary Heart

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Stories

A Missionary Heart

“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9 NIV) When I was growing up, I heard plenty of inspiring stories about missionaries who went to exotic and dangerous places. I admired their hearts for God, their willingness to say “Send me,” but secretly, I worried that God would call me to Africa or someplace else that I didn’t want to go. This past Sunday, Pastor Claudio presented the Biblical case for helping immigrants. He pointed out something that, to my embarrassment, I had never thought of before:...

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One and the Same

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Stories

One and the Same

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV) I was talking with a friend the other day about the 2016 presidential election. I was a little further along in processing what seemed to me a disastrous outcome than I was when I last wrote. “I believe God is still in control,” I told him, “I just wish I knew whether he’s working ‘all things…for the good’ or delivering us to our enemies for punishment.” (See Romans 8:28 and, for example, Ezekiel 23:28.) When I...

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Such a Time as This

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Stories

Such a Time as This

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1 NIV) I couldn’t sleep on the night of November 8, 2016. I had woken up that morning excited to live on the west coast, because the outcome of the presidential election would probably be known before my bedtime — never expecting that come evening, I would be mourning the results. At the same time, I know what the other side feels like. I voted for George W. Bush in 2004, right after I moved to Washington state. I had been invited to a large election watch party, where most of the people were drinking away...

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