The Coronavirus is Real, but Our Future Home is More Real

By Barbara Rainey | March 16, 2020 | 10 Comments

While I am usually eagerly anticipating a big Easter celebration, today I’ve reduced my expectations to a very small gathering—probably just the two of us. The Coronavirus has changed everything for the near-term future. For all we know, this year many churches may not even hold services on Easter Sunday. We may have a taste […]

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In the Age of the Coronavirus, Are We Still Safe in Jesus?

By Barbara Rainey | March 9, 2020 | 6 Comments

One thing is spreading faster today than the coronavirus—fear. We’ve not seen a global disease like this in our lifetime. Schools and offices closing. Empty seats on airlines. Officials deciding whether to cancel athletic events or prevent spectators from watching. Stores selling out of antibiotic hand soap and toilet paper. An entire country, Italy, has […]

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5 Weeks Until Easter: 5 Ways to Plan Ahead

By Barbara Rainey | March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Unless you saw people wearing smudges on their foreheads last week or you attend a liturgical church, you probably missed the start of the Easter 2020 season.  Most of us miss it every year. While Christmas comes with nearly six months of anticipation–decorative and gift items start appearing in late summer, calling to us months […]

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Preparing for the Joy of Easter

By Barbara Rainey | February 26, 2020 | 3 Comments

Lent begins today and it’s not too late to start a new tradition of focusing on Christ and preparing for Easter with your family. You might be surprised to know that the season I’m already looking forward to this year is Lent, which starts today with Ash Wednesday. I know, I know. Isn’t Lent the […]

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Holy Ground

By Barbara Rainey | February 24, 2020 | 27 Comments

Many of you follow me on Instagram for which I’m very grateful. You’ve seen in the last year several photos of my mom and me; the most recent was four days before her departure from us to her Home on February 5, 2020. I’ve been very preoccupied in the last six weeks with caring for […]

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My Heart, Ever His

By Barbara Rainey | February 19, 2020 | 4 Comments

Suffering has been a very unwelcome part of my life. Recently, a new season of loss took a completely different shape from previous winters of my life. A different kind of cold settled in; not the sharp, brutal sub-zero kind, but a cloudy, damp, chills-to-the-bone cold. Like a slowly creeping fog that settles and stays, […]

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No Condemnation

By Kristen Wetherell | February 17, 2020 | 1 Comment

By: Kristen Wetherell If you’re human and breathing in and out the realities of this world, then you’ll resonate with Kristen’s blog post. All of us struggle with a sense of inadequacy and failure. The question is, where do we turn for hope?  One of my favorite verses has always been Romans 8:1. I have […]

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To Be a Great Mother-in-Law Avoid These Three Mistakes

By Barbara Rainey | February 10, 2020 | 22 Comments

  All my life I’ve looked for meaning, especially the deeper, unseen significance in events, ceremonies, holidays, even details of God’s creation. So when a new friend, Judy Dabler, made this comment at the start of small gathering, I wrote it down in my journal and drew stars around it: “Human beings are meaning makers!” […]

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Are You Hopeless In Marriage?

By Samuel Rainey | February 3, 2020 | 11 Comments

By Samuel Rainey Today’s guest post is authored by my son, a marriage and relationship therapist, who has gained deep wisdom from his work, his own learning at home and from his suffering. It is a great honor to share Samuel’s insight with you. I look forward to hearing from you how God uses these […]

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Soul Care (Part Two)

By Barbara Rainey | January 27, 2020 | 8 Comments

“The human soul longs for things higher, warmer, and purer.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn “To become ourselves is to enjoy God in alignment with the way He created us to be.” Crossway Devotional Psalter Once upon a time, a group of missionaries serving in Africa in the 1800s hired local villagers as porters, who knew the land […]

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