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Jesus Asked “Why?” And We Can Too

The question is a human question. It’s what we ask when we face suffering. When we watch our loved ones get sick. When a marriage falls apart. Why? Perhaps we ask the question because we sense that if we could only know more—the logic, the explanation, the ultimate payoff for this current suffering—then we might be able to endure our circumstances better, with grace, maybe even joy.  When I climb a mountain with my husband, I know how…

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Don’t Settle for Cultural Kindness

This excerpt, written by Anne Kerhoulas, is reprinted from The Gospel Coalition. Kindness seems to be everywhere these days. It’s posted on yard signs and granola bars, T-shirts, and posters for your home. Though kindness is not new, “Be kind!” has become an unofficial slogan, the currency on which a culture steeped in tolerance, affirmation, and acceptance runs. But for all the talk about kindness, our world is growing increasingly unkind, divided, and contemptuous. If kindness is so…

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The Choice We Make In Exile

In Jeremiah, the Israelites are taken into exile by Babylon. As the people grapple with what has just happened—being torn from their homes, the land given to them by God, their traditions and way of life—false prophets rise up to speak the words that they all long to hear: the exile will be short, the Lord will return them quickly to Jerusalem, their nightmare will surely come to an end quickly.  But Jeremiah hears a different word from…

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Eat the book

A few years ago a friend of mine who is not a Christian criticized Christians for not embodying their faith. Their faith was mostly about knowing a set of rules, but they didn’t seem very joyful or alive. While this critique was harsh, it also felt true. It is all to easy for Christians to know things about God without ever digesting that knowledge, getting the teaching of Christ into our bellies where it might course through our…

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From Great to Good

What’s so great about being great?  A few decades ago, Jim Collins wrote the book From Good to Great, a pathway for businesses and leaders to move from average to great. While Collins wrote to business owners, the phrase embodies the sentiments of our culture; why settle for good when you can be great? While the pursuit of greatness is no new thing—history books are literally filled with stories depicting it, not to mention the Bible (Tower of…

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Forget “Forgive and Forget” Part 2: God isn’t forgetful

Forgive and forget sounds like a holy action. Forgive the person who wronged you and forget about it; that’s the best solution to being wronged. But more than that, many Christians believe we should forgive and forget because they think it is biblical; that forgiving and forgetting sin is something our God does and therefore should be emulated.  This idea likely comes from a handful of Bible verses that describe God as not remembering or “forgetting” our sins.…

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Hi there, I’m Anne. I started Daily Discipleship because I want believers to daily grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus. I am a wife to Andrew, a mother of twin girls, a writer, and theologian-in-training. After studying theology and counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, I spent six years teaching, discipling, and coaching women at Harvard College with Christian Union. Now, I am fortunate enough to live in the mountains and be a writer. Thanks for stopping by.

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There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness. 

-Eugene Peterson

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