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Revival: Stewardship

‘And this I remember of Boromir as a boy, when we together learned the tale of our sires and the history of our city, that always it displeased him that his father was not king. ‘‘How many hundreds of years needs it to make a steward a king, if the king returns not?’’ he asked. ‘‘Few years, maybe, in other places of less royalty,’’ my father...

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What God is Doing Here

This is part of an ongoing series that celebrates how families from the Church are living out their calling as Household Wells. This month’s focus is Work. My son Charlie didn’t wake up Wednesday thinking, “I’m going to do God’s work!” He just wanted to make some eggs. But his little sister, Susannah, was awake, too, so … “Mommy, Charlie asked me...

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Following God’s Path Wherever It Goes

Does what we do even matter? I’ve been pondering that a lot these last few weeks. This month’s Revival theme, Work, is impressively on point at my house. In one week, I’m starting a new job at the Wisconsin State Journal, the first time since 2013 that I’ll be working full-time outside the home. It’s a big change, and before accepting the...

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Give God Your All — Volunteer!

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. – 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6 We’ve spoken a lot about generosity so far this year, and we’ll continue to do so. But...

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Finding Rest with the Enrights

Finding Rest with the Enrights

This is part of an ongoing series that celebrates how families from the Church are living out their calling as Household Wells. This month’s focus is Rest.On paper at least, Chad and Becky Enright’s life together has been full of stressors. The Enrights have, over the last four years, gotten married, had three kids, quit two high-stress jobs, and...

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Rest

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and...

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Generosity

Definitions are funny things. On the one hand, they’re complete, offering the full meaning, every use, of a given word. On the other hand, definitions leave so much out. Take the word “generous”: The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “generous” as Liberal in giving Marked by abundance or ample proportions Characterized by a noble or...

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Spiel: Pray to Listen

Spiel: Pray to Listen

This is part of an ongoing series that celebrates how families from the Church are living out their calling as Household Wells. This month’s focus is Praying. Every month, our sermon series look at a particular aspect of “Revival”-- “Compassion” in January, “Witness” in February … . But while we switch themes, month to month, they never stand...

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Household Wells: Awareness

Household Wells: Awareness

By Kirsten Adshead Photo credit: Charlie Adshead A guy bikes past the picnic shelter; a grandfather plays catch nearby; a family enjoys a meal two tables away. And Arik and Tina Johnson, sitting down for an interview at McKee Farms Park on a warm, breezy Friday, are certain that it’s all part of God’s plan. “If everything’s just random, then God...

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Revive: Commitment

According to sociologist Robert K. Merton, a role model is an individual whose behaviors, traits, disciplines, and examples can be measured up or emulated by others. A role model is someone we can look up to and admire. They are all around us. Role models inspire us, motivate us, challenge us to overcome adversity, and embrace appropriate...

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Revival: Commitment

Peter believed himself to be unshakable in his commitment to Jesus. Yet, just a few hours after he insisted it could never happen, Peter denied even knowing Jesus.   External forces threaten our commitment to following Jesus, as do internal. And as committed as we would like to say that we are, sometimes we falter in the moment, and sometimes our...

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How did we get here?

“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” –2 Timothy 2:2 How did you get to be a part of this Body—the Church? How did you get to a place where you believe that when you read the Word, pray, or even as you...

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