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When we moved into our house, my mother-in-law gave us a little potted plant. Impatiens plants are appropriately named. They are impatient for water and wilt if not watered frequently. In the stress of our move, I neglected the plant for weeks. The flowers fell off and it turned deathly brown. I almost threw it away, but decided to water it and see what happens.

What does it mean for Christians to talk about the Bible as authoritative? How is our authoritative scriptureand the God whom it revealsdifferent from authoritarian leaders or governing principles?

Our relationship with money often reflects our relationship with God. In college I was challenged to start living a lifestyle of generosity. Since then I’ve learned a lot about God’s generosity, but it hasn’t always been easy.

Have you ever stopped and wondered what actually happens when we engage in musical worship as a community? Musical worship can and should be more than just a nice sing-along, more than just a shot of emotional inspiration and more than just a prelude to the sermon. For the committed follower of Jesus, musical worship is an opportunity for us to grow deeper as disciples of Jesus Christ. Think of musical worship using the Discipleship Cycle as a framework.

The Geek shall inherit the earth.

Try this experiment. First, think about something important you love to do. Whether it's in your career, in your major, or in your free time, envision yourself doing something incredibly meaningful to you. (If you're thinking of ministry, you're the best, but you're getting ahead of me — for the sake of the exercise, pick something else, you wonderful over-achiever.)

As laborers in the harvest field, we work and sweat, hoping for a positive result from what we plant.  Then there are the many months of silence and stillness in the winter months in-between the sowing and reaping seasons. Psalm 130 speaks of the journey of waiting in those dark, cold months for God to come through with the light of spring.

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