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We are becoming more aware of the global misery of human trafficking. But awareness is only the beginning. In my Facebook news feed, I see more “likes” for tragic stories about human trafficking but little engagement on strategic action to counter it. But both are needed. Knowing without acting is like faith without works—it’s incomplete. 2 Chronicles 20 provides a […]
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Scripture is described as a “living word”. Though it was written many years ago, it still speaks to our contemporary situation. This story from II Kings 4:1-7 is a case in point. The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the […]
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The psalms are the prayer book of the Bible. This psalm is balancing many things: the greatness of God, the frailty of humanity, and the hope that the God of creation will also be the God of justice. Meditate on these verses from Psalm 146: 1 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; […]
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Lament is a “passionate expression of grief or sorrow.” It is the language of suffering. Lament is honesty before God and between each other. There is suffering. There is death. We name these realities in lamenting while also looking beyond our present troubles to our hope in God. Laments are expressions of pain usually coupled with requests to the Lord […]
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Today we begin a new series for the season of Lent. Each week we will be publishing a devotional that ties into Lenten reflections while demonstrating that there are holistic connections between spiritual disciplines and social action. Neither of these are ends in themselves. They fit together as part of a lifestyle of holiness. The seasons of Lent and Advent […]
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Lent, a time in the church calendar of reflection and preparation, begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Throughout the season of Lent, we will be offering weekly reflections on lament, prayer, fasting, hope, and freedom to help us prepare for the celebration of Easter. You can expect to receive an email every Wednesday morning starting on Ash Wednesday.
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We are becoming more and more aware of the global misery of human trafficking. But awareness is only the beginning. In my Facebook news feed, I see more “likes” for tragic stories about human trafficking but little engagement on strategic action to counter it. But both are needed. Knowing without acting is like faith without works—it’s incomplete. 2 Chronicles 20 […]
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The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” (II Kings 4:1)   Scripture is described as a “living word”. Though it was written many years ago, it still […]
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Does domestic violence intersect with human trafficking? Absolutely.   According to the 2009 Department of State Trafficking in Person Report, almost 70% of adult female survivors of human trafficking experienced domestic violence before they were trafficked. People who are experiencing intimate partner violence may decide to escape the abuse by leaving their home and community – but their choice for survival […]
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Haiti knows brokenness.   There are few jobs. There is not enough food as it is, but the anticipated population explosion within the next 20 years will worsen this problem. It is often considered the world’s poorest country with about three-quarters of its population living on less than $2 USD per day.   Deforestation has eliminated 98% of Haiti’s forests, magnifying the effects of natural […]
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