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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3 Reasons Why Lent Matters, and 3 Ways to Observe the Season

By Barbara Rainey | February 8, 2021 | 7 Comments

The season of Lent begins next week on Wednesday, February 17.  It’s almost here. Here are three reasons why Lent matters this year more than ever. Lent was established centuries ago by church leaders to help Christ followers remember the humility of Jesus and imitate Him as we are called to do.  This year, following […]

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15 Things We Can Count On in 2021

By Barbara Rainey | January 4, 2021 | 5 Comments

Stepping into a new year always feels a bit like stepping off a precipice before a vast unknown. Like the door in one of the books in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series—it stood open, surrounded by the countryside, yet when entered revealed a new land unseen from the other side. In every new year there […]

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Hope After Unhappy Holidays

By Barbara Rainey | December 28, 2020 | 6 Comments

  I’m wondering today if you are feeling disappointed. The Christmas holidays are almost over. Though we are still surrounded by decorations and lights, for many of us the sparkles only magnify our loneliness. Our losses.  Were you alone this Christmas, even if you weren’t alone?  Did you watch your children not getting along? You […]

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