Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Meet the Tate Family

Meet the Tate Family

Meet the Tate Family Been thinking about organizations that depend on volunteers. Whether it’s your church, Bible study, non-profit agency, or even your workplace, you may have met one or more members of the Tate family. They can be found in almost every organization…...

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Have To, Want To, or Get To?

Have To, Want To, or Get To?

Have To, Want To, or Get To?   Ever feel burdened with all the have-tos in your life? Many mornings I awake with my thoughts circling a list of “have-tos,” sapping my energy like water circles a drain with increasing speed until it disappears. Things to do that I...

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Shifting to an Eternal Perspective

Shifting to an Eternal Perspective

Shifting to an Eternal Perspective When I was a child, I often heard older people speak of heaven with a sense of familiarity. I marveled that they could talk of a place they had never seen, yet speak with such joy and intimacy. I came to realize their growing desire...

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Spinning Gold into Straw Through Wrong Motives

Spinning Gold into Straw Through Wrong Motives

Do you remember the ancient fairy tale about Rumpelstiltskin? A king locked the miller’s daughter in a tower, requiring her to spin straw into gold or lose her life. But each night, a strange little man entered her room and, for a price, spun the straw into gold for...

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Outrage is Not Enough

I’ve been inundated with outrage this past week. Righteous indignation filling my social media feeds. Outrage expressed in face-to-face conversations. And outrage at the outrage of others. So what? So what that Christians are outraged at the recent passage of a bill...

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Supporting Life

Our society is critical of hypocrites in general, and especially judgmental of perceived hypocrisy within the Christian community. Yet, consider the double standards espoused by our culture. And no where are they more obvious than in the area of protecting life. Think...

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Whose Job Is It?

These days, passing the buck has become a national pastime in our country. Somebody should do something about those homeless people. Somebody should help the poor. Somebody should share the gospel. And because we keep shifting the responsibility to somebody else,...

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I Fell Into the Teacher Trap

I ignored the warnings for months. The first was a quiet, almost imperceptible nudge. Then came stronger recognition. Finally, last fall, when asked for a prayer request, my answer reflected a growing awareness. But still, I pushed those warnings aside. For those who...

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Theology is Messy, But God is Good

Our family recently survived a brush with Matthew, a category 4 hurricane. No, that’s not quite right. Compared to some other locations, we did more than survive. We thrived. Yes, we cleared away debris, and several neighbors lost large trees. But all in all we were...

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Volunteers – Plants and People

Gardening is therapeutic for me. After spending much of my day writing and preparing to teach a Bible study, I enjoy the physical exertion of battling the weeds in my yard. Having lived in a large city for most of my life, I confess I labeled anything I didn’t plant...

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