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The Unexpected Gift of Sadness

The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Job tells the story of a wealthy, successful man living in the land of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters. The story opens with an insight into Job’s character. When Job learned that his children may have inadvertently sinned, he offered sacrifices on their behalf—an example that Job was a righteous man who loved God.

In an unusual twist, an adversary (often thought of as Satan) approached God about Job. Satan claimed that the only reason Job was righteous and loved God was because Job had been successful and prosperous. If stripped of his possessions, Satan argued, Job wouldn’t be as faithful to God.

Out of this heavenly court scene would come an unforgettable test for Job whom, according to God’s command, Satan would be allowed to strip of all his material blessings.

At Satan’s request, Job would be allowed to lose everything—everything, said the Lord, except for his life.

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How to Make 2014 a Year of Wonder

Wonderstruck is more than a book and Bible study—it's a way of living awake to the wonders of God all around.

The wonder of God, those moments of spiritual awakening that make you long for more of God, is woven throughout your life. [Tweet this]

It’s waiting in your friendships and family, your workplace and church, your extraordinary moments and in your mundane, in your joys and your tears. Wonder is found in the delicacy of a falling snowflake when we consider the One who made it and laughter of a child when we listen close.

We want 2014 to be a year marked with the wonder of God. [Tweet this]

That's why we're inviting you to share where you are experiencing and seeing the wonder of God using the hashtag #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK. We want to be each other’s eyes and ears as we see and savor the wonder of our great God together.

As a launching pad, we’re offering a free gift just for you. [Tweet this] Continue Reading...

How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

I’ve always struggled buying the perfect gift—you know, the one your loved one remembers for years to come. Maybe you struggle shopping for the Person-Who-Has-Everything, too.

It’s too small. Not the right color. They have three just like it.

Rather than preparing my heart for the coming birth of Christ during Advent, I find I get trapped in wish lists, gift budgets, and picking out that perfect present.

How did a holiday centered around the birth of our Savior quickly became so focused on spending, presents, wrapping, and bows?

Did you know Americans spend over $450 billion on Christmas every year? [Tweet this]
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Five Wondrous Facts about John (You May Have Never Heard) + Plus a Free Download

I’m busting at the seams with excitement to see what God has in store for us this summer.

Please say you’ll join us?

We’re gathering people from over 27 states, as we take an adventure through John and Genesis during the online Summer Bible Study at Whether it’s your first or fortieth time to read these beloved books, my hope and prayer is that timeless truths come alive in new ways and God leaves us wonderstruck by His Word yet again.

The online Summer Bible Study launches on Monday, June 3rd. (You can join us! Sign up, here). Before we get started, I wanted to share some fun facts about John’s Gospel and give you a free gift to celebrate.

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Why I Wore a Dress For the First Time Since My Wedding Day: Meeting the Maasai

I don’t know why I gave up wearing dresses, perhaps because I never wore many dresses growing up on a sailboat.

I like dresses. I just don’t buy them very often.

But I knew I needed something special to wear to meet my sponsored child, Nairesiae.

A week before we left for Africa, I found the perfect black dress and a red scarf.

It wasn’t until after we arrived that I discovered my sponsored child is Maasai. The color of the tribe is red.

Wonderstruck, indeed.

We drove more than two hours from Nairobi on pitted, punctured roads to the project. Singing and dancing awaited us. Continue Reading...