CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE aka DEAR JULIE

The Promise of an Orderly Universe

Thanks for your words of encouragement about the disarray at our house while having some carpentry work done! Later, however, I began to wonder if my uneasiness around clutter indicated I’m a fuss budget. Who would want that? My good friend Jan Ripley came to the rescue with these words: 

“No, its a sign of

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The Promise of An End to Earthly Suffering. (And Then What?)

This morning, amid piles of furniture and clutter and dust, we cleared a spot in the living room and shared a bagel. Our house has been torn up for a week while installers finish the new floor. In the end, it will be worth it, but the days drag on.

Then I think of

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The Promise of Good Directions

Mapquest has its place! I love typing in a couple of addresses and getting step-by-step directions . . . and even the expected drive time to get to my destination. What could be better than that?

Nothing–as long as life doesn’t get in the way. What if I run into roadblocks or traffic congestion or,

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The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Seems we often equate fellowship with church potlucks. “Come for fun, food, and fellowship!” But there’s another side of fellowship that isn’t all fun and games. There’s a side of fellowship that involves suffering.

The apostle Paul talks about this in Philippians when considering his prior life and values. Formerly a pharisee and now a

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The Promise of Fellowship with One Another

What is fellowship anyway? 

Unger’s Bible Dictionary defines Christian fellowship in its many facets, one of which is this: “As is the case between men, no one can be in fellowship with God unless he possess like purposes and feelings.” 

Christian fellowship, therefore, involves the mutual sharing of God’s “purposes and feelings.” It occurs

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