Stop Talking & Listen

By John Boozer. “Sometimes we need to stop talking and just listen. Those who know me best are rolling their eyes right now. Let’s just say I’ve heard that before…”

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Doug Serven
We Hungry Sinners

By James Elledge. “In any review of world history we see hunger forced upon the weaker by the oppressor. This is seen amongst the steppes of Russia and China under many a peripatetic ruler’s wave of terror, the sieges of medieval times, and more recently, the stories of the enforced food restrictions in the Jewish ghettos of Europe…”

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Doug Serven
What IS Forgiveness?

By George Thomas. “he City Pres women are having their annual retreat this Friday and Saturday. The focus of their weekend is, “Forgiveness.” My hope and prayer for this is that they do a better job of getting to the bottom of what forgiveness means than I have…”

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Doug Serven
Beautiful & Believable

By Erin Shaw. ““Beauty is the word which shall be our first. Beauty is the last thing which the thinking intellect dares to approach since only it dances as an uncontained splendor around the double constellation of the true and the good and their inseparable relation to one another…”

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Unconvinced

By Ben Nichols. “I am writing this entry to those who are unconvinced.  I am writing to you, because you and I are in the same place.  If you happen to visit CityPres, there is a wooden panel inside the front doors that describes simply the vision of the church…”

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On Hiding

By Alison Buxton. “It is possible that my husband and I recently began watching Transparent, an original series from Amazon…”

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Free Falling Into Trust

By Ashley Ingersol. “It’s recently come to my attention that, not only have I leaned on my own understanding, I’ve done a full frontal belly flop onto the platform of it, hoping desperately it will hold my weight…”

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Showing Up

By April Marciszewski. “Come and go. Push and pull. I am inconsistent with God. I pray a lot but don’t read the Bible as much as I wish I did. I have sweet times of communion with Jesus, and then I get distracted by Facebook or daily struggles…”

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On Fear

By Becky Carlozzi. “Moralism is the fear of the color gray, Gluttony is the fear of moralism, Bitterness is the fear of grief, Judgment is one of my deepest fears displayed in another…”

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Sticks, Stones & Smartphones

By Taylor Anderesen. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I grew up with this well-meaning adage encouraging children to recognize that words, unlike sticks and stones, can’t really hurt you…”

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