The Bible tells us, Mary “treasured all these things in her heart” (Luke 2:51).  These ponderings included the suffering, humiliation, and pain of her unexpected and miraculous pregnancy.  The treasure was that God was with her in her suffering.  She could deal with her pain because she knew God loved and sustained her. God was […]

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Like most people facing something unexpected and potentially tragic, Mary asked, “How can this be?” Pregnancy isn’t easy to hide, no matter how loose fitting the clothes.  Mary’s body would change and eventually she would not be able to hide her condition from her parents, family, the people of Nazareth, or her fiancé, Joseph.  Who […]

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Tragedy is an inescapable part of life.  It hits us broadside when we least expect it—an accident, diagnosis, natural disaster, health epidemic, or a scandal.  Tragedy is never a welcome visitor.  Tragedy creates turmoil.  We wonder what went wrong, what we could have done differently, how it could have been prevented.  The issue isn’t whether […]

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Whom shall I trust? Are you interested in the answer? The answer for Zechariah was found when he was told to stop talking … for a long, long time. To sit with the questions. To pray. To wait and see what happened and when. The answer was: You will know as you live it.   […]

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  There are moments we are sure of God’s great love and care.  We are able to rest in challenging and difficult times because we feel deeply God’s trustworthiness.  At other times we wonder whether or not He is truly trustworthy.  There are pieces of life we joyfully trust God with and others we guard […]

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The Gospel writers Luke and Matthew recount five questions in the stories surrounding Christ’s birth.  This Advent, we will study these questions which open the door to some of life’s great mysteries.  What if we can truly satisfy our deepest longings?  What if there is someone we can wholeheartedly believe in?  What if suffering and […]

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This month’s guest is our new Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Colonel Janice Howard. Colonel Janice arrived over the summer from the Salvation Army’s Eastern Territory and hasn’t stopped moving since. She’s sharp, bright, and constantly smiling – she loves the Lord and is eager to continue to grow in her faith and to see […]

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During the holiday season, more than three million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve nearly 25 million people a year by providing more than 10 million nights of shelter and […]

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This month we welcome Sharon Irving to the podcast. Sharon Irving will be our worship leader at the Arise & Shine Women’s Conference in 2018.  Sharon is on the worship teams at the Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, IL and City First Church in Rockford, Il and has been a golden buzzer winner on […]

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We are officially 12 months away from the Arise & Shine Women’s Conference! We’re kicking off the countdown by having our pre-conference guest, Katelyn Beaty on the Prepare Podcast! Stay tuned because we will sit down with and introduce you to other Arise & Shine guests. Also, don’t forget to sign up for Arise & Shine […]

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