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The book of Ruth

The book of Ruth

Marie Alvero

The Book of Ruth is a neat little nugget tucked away in the historical part of the Bible. It’s only four chapters, told in the narrative. One of the interesting things ab... »

Meeting Jesus

Meeting Jesus

Marie Alvero

What about when Christmas comes along and you’re sad, grieving, or alone—or when, instead of anticipation and excitement, you feel dread and loss? You know this is suppos... »

Encouragement

Encouragement

Marie Alvero

During a recent work evaluation, I was surprised to receive the feedback that my coworkers do not find me especially encouraging. This hit me hard, because I’ve always co... »

The conclusion

The conclusion

Marie Alvero

The book of Ecclesiastes is a wonderful read when I get overwhelmed with the big questions—what’s the meaning of life, what does God want from me, how should I react to t... »

Cast a wide net

Cast a wide net

Marie Alvero

I love doing something kind when it really hits the spot. I will spend hours finding the perfect birthday gift to give a friend, or the exact right thing to say in a text... »

Cycles

Cycles

Marie Alvero

Today I’m sitting at my desk, looking out my window at what may be one of the last of summer’s best days. The first cold front is expected next week, and I’m already brac... »

The widow of Zarephath

The widow of Zarephath

Marie Alvero

The Bible records many passages on generosity. It’s an important trait of the Christian life, and as followers of Jesus, we are called to be generous, joyful givers. But... »

Rough seas

Rough seas

Marie Alvero

There’s a peace I’ve come to know Though my heart and flesh may fail There’s an anchor for my soul I can say “It is well” I sang these words over and over, hoping that th... »

What I know now

What I know now

Marie Alvero

I am a mom of four teenagers and young adults. I look back over the past 20-plus years of pregnancy, babies, toddlers, kids, messes, trips, packing, school, planning, fee... »

Forgiveness first

Forgiveness first

Marie Alvero

Mark’s gospel tells us about a paralyzed man who Jesus healed. Jesus was teaching in a room so crowded that the man’s friends had to make a hole in the roof and lower him... »

True justice

True justice

Marie Alvero

True justice starts with one truth: every human is made in the image of God. That is what gives us worth. This equalizes us across all the divides of race, gender, abilit... »

Marriage is hard

Marriage is hard

Marie Alvero

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I’m browsing the card aisle looking for the right card to give my husband on this, our 20th Valentine’s Day together. I’m looking for the... »

A living sacrifice

A living sacrifice

Marie Alvero

“Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find... »