Why We Need Beauty

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

This past weekend my husband and I took my mother and my brother to the new Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Normal Rockwell’s traveling exhibit was there along with the museum’s permanent collection of wonderful art. While I knew my mother would enjoy it I was surprised that my brother, 6 years my […]

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By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Have you ever danced for joy before God? Or shouted with glad hoorahs? Outloud? Or jumped up and down with abandon? All because your sins are forgiven and your destiny delivered from death? Most of us have done all these actions at sporting events, at weddings or parties, but before God in worship? Resurrection Day […]

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Remember the Lamb

By Barbara Rainey | March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A rough wooden cross. Central image of Easter, of victory over death. But the cross without the Lamb would be meaningless. “A body thou has prepared for me,” Jesus said (Hebrews 10:5). A human form was His dwelling place among us. But from the beginning this form was destined for sacrifice. Incomprehensible that His deity […]

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By Barbara Rainey | March 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Before His accusers, all of them false, all of them dead wrong, Jesus did what none of us could or would do. He stood, silently eloquent. His life did all the talking. We, however, would have defended ourselves, thereby ruining the power of the moment. Proof, if any was needed, of our absolute depravity. Jesus […]

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By Barbara Rainey | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

When we don’t understand a concept (investment or legal language for instance), we usually dismiss it. If an idea or statement doesn’t fit into a category we comprehend we push it away as useless information. So it is with much of what Jesus said. “the things which I heard from Him (the Father), these I […]

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Forget the Bunnies

By Barbara Rainey | March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rabbits, eggs, candy, and chicks have nothing to do with Easter. Nothing. Really. We Christians have creatively found meaning in eggs—they represent new life. An empty shell, the empty tomb. FamilyLife’s resource Resurrection Eggs® helps children learn the Easter story through a familiar tradition of the egg hunt. But Paul famously said when he became […]

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Holy Week

By Barbara Rainey | March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Did you know Jesus never told us to celebrate or commemorate His birth? So what do we do? We make His birth the biggest celebration of the entire year! So typical of us to not focus on what He says is important. What then should we celebrate? Jesus told his disciples, and therefore us, to […]

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Links of Time

By Barbara Rainey | March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Sophie Svendson. My great-grandmother … a woman who married, had children, suffered hardships, and found joys in beautiful things. Sophie left me–through her daughter, my grandmother Lillie–three possessions. Though my knowledge of Sophie is only inferred from photos, one with husband and one with children, I am linked to her by genetics and by […]

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What Day is Easter?

By Barbara Rainey | March 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The answer: Sunday, March 31, 2013. The challenge: Easter can get away from us, especially when it is so early. My schedule is full, though not so full as the month of December. Still without some purposeful planning Easter week will be here without any preparation on my part. And it’s too important for only […]

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Hearing and Seeing God

By Barbara Rainey | March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Three days ago Dennis and I and our daughter Laura received the gift of being in the presence of a miracle. Our dear friend, Bill, who is only 50, suffered what should have been a life-ending stroke on January 28 while driving to a meeting. His loss of consciousness caused him to fall limp to […]

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