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Author: Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith

Deeper into Hope and Joy

Deeper into Hope and Joy

How was your Easter weekend? Does the resurrection of Jesus have any effect on you today? I hope so. Because it changed everything. The new normal invites us deeper into hope and joy. How do you respond? That is the question, my friend. Day in, day out. Resurrection joy and power are real and at our service as God’s children. Nothing is the same anymore. Does it matter to us that Jesus is alive and well? Do we let God…

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The Eternal Perspective

The Eternal Perspective

How do you feel about the events of Good Friday? They’d be much harder to take if we did not know what happens next, right? Because we know the death of Jesus is not the end, we can take it. This is how the eternal perspective works. It brings life in the midst of death. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in…

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Blessings of Foot Washing

Blessings of Foot Washing

As Maundy Thursday approaches I’ve been pondering on blessings of foot washing. Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17) and how would I react to it? Would I be like Peter? First not wanting to allow Jesus to do what he wanted to do and then wanting him to wash more than necessary? I’ve always related to Peter very easily so I assume I’d be like him. Have you ever had your feet (or hands) washed as part…

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Ways Grace Gets In Us

Ways Grace Gets In Us

Sometimes we think that our lack of certain qualities would bar us from God’s love and acceptance. But we could not be further from the truth. Really. We might even be embarrassed by our faults yet they are ways grace gets in us. Yes, that’s right. Because we need and want Christ, we get grace upon grace. And because we are broken, God’s light gets in us. In that sense, our faults pave away for grace to come. When we…

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Temporary Setbacks

Temporary Setbacks

A cold snap, anyone? When your heart is ready for daffodils and coffee on a terrace and then spring suddenly retreats and winter comes back with a force. Sigh. And it’s not any better to get other kinds of setbacks in life. But they are part of life so we need to get used to temporary setbacks. Because they are inevitable and literally temporary. The God of all grace is at work behind the scenes. And after you have suffered a…

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What to Offer to God

What to Offer to God

Do you ever think that you don’t have much to offer to God? So why bother at all, right? Don’t buy that, my friend. God is not looking for offerings like myrrh or frankincense or anything else you don’t have. He just wants your heart. And not to rip it from you. But to fill it with his love and grace. Then you can offer thanks and praise and share with others what you’ve received. And, sure, if you happen…

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Strength in God

Strength in God

I presume every person on earth would like to be blessed or favored or happy. Too often we look for happiness in the wrong places. We don’t realize happy are those whose strength is in God (and not even those who seem to be strong or successful on their own). I can attest to that. As long as I am looking for strength in myself, I am not happy. There’s not much to build on in me, you know. But…

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An Extra Measure of Grace

An Extra Measure of Grace

When I am at my weakest, God comes through powerfully. Like yesterday, I was preparing and teaching a class on the goodness of God’s grace with a sore throat. During the evening, it felt like God had given an extra measure of grace for us and we were all blessed even though I truly was not at the top of my game. Today I’m even weaker. The flue has got a hold of me. I’m weak like a kitty and…

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The Sacrifice We Trust

The Sacrifice We Trust

As we approach Easter, it is good to contemplate on the sacrifice of Jesus and what it means for us. And how it shows in our lives. Or does it at all? Is Jesus’ death on the cross the sacrifice we trust or is it the sacrifice we dust once a year? These thoughts were inspired by this P.T. Forsyth’s quote “Christianity is not the sacrifice we make, but the sacrifice we trust.” It helps us to understand Christian faith…

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Serving Him by Sharing

Serving Him by Sharing

Sometimes people ask me why I’m so driven to share the Gospel and advance the Kingdom of God any way I can. My answer is very simple. It’s all because of God’s love and his amazing grace. You see, I’ve been so cherished and loved by God that I can’t help but love God in return. And that we do by obeying him, following him, serving him by sharing his love and grace with others. God’s amazing grace has profoundly…

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