I AM the Good Shepherd

By Barbara Rainey | March 31, 2021 | 5 Comments

“I AM the Good Shepherd. I know my own and My own know Me. …  I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:14-15 Leaders are shepherds.  Parents, teachers, coaches, mayors, governors, employers, pastors, priests, and every other titled position of authority implies a responsibility of caring, of shepherding the welfare of others. The […]

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I AM the Door

By Barbara Rainey | March 30, 2021 | 1 Comment

“I AM the Door. If anyone enters by Me, He will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 Doors signal an entrance.  Since the Garden of Eden’s passageway was marked by the cherubim and flaming sword entryways have been noted by man-made doors. Fashioned of stone or wood, leather […]

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20 Ways to Celebrate Easter

By Barbara Rainey | March 15, 2021 | 3 Comments

Two weeks till Palm Sunday and Holy Week! How much time have you spent preparing? A quick quiz for you: Have you done any decorating to signal to your family and neighbors that Easter is coming and that this holiday is important to you?  Are you preparing for this day as the most important celebration […]

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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. 1. 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, […]

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