The “Savior Names” of Jesus Christ

By Barbara Rainey | March 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

In the beginning God created and He named. He called the darkness night and the light day. He named the dry land earth and the sky above heaven. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, giving each one its name. Children learn at a very young age that the warm yellow ball in […]

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Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | February 22, 2021 | 31 Comments

One of my great faults, which shows up regularly in our marriage, is my first-born perfectionism turned on my husband as “helping.” Sometimes it happens when he’s telling a story and doesn’t get the details right as I remember them and I correct him. (By the way, I do work hard not to correct publicly.) Other […]

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When God Disrupts Our Lives

By Barbara Rainey | April 10, 2020 | 1 Comment

Lives world-wide have been disrupted since January by the Coronavirus. Normalcy has been completely turned upside down. This Holy Week may we remember we are not the first to live with traumatic change. God Himself blindsided all expectations that week. The disciples, the religious establishment, the government rulers; no one saw the changes coming. Will […]

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How to Celebrate Good Friday and Easter at Home

By Barbara Rainey | April 6, 2020 | 7 Comments

  All my visions and plans for grand celebrations have crumbled. It’s Holy Week and I’m still not sure even today how Dennis and I will mark these two historic, world-changing events at home, just the two of us. The Coronavirus is still lurking. “Sheltering in place” is affecting everyone’s sense of well-being. In recent […]

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People Are Dying … Alone … Where Is God?

By Barbara Rainey | April 3, 2020 | 7 Comments

Never in our collective memory as a country, or even in the world, has Easter arrived at the same time as a disease that is killing thousands. Having just buried my mom in late February, I can’t imagine the compounded grief and loss of losing a loved one to the virus and then being banned […]

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