Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Identifying Unnecessary Burdens

Identifying Unnecessary Burdens

Unnecessary Burdens   Have you noticed how some things are becoming smaller and lighter these days? The first computer took up an entire building. Now you can hold a mini iPad in the palm of your hand. The first mobile phone looked and felt like a brick with an...

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The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations

The Rise and Fall of Nations   It’s been happening for millennia. Countries grow into empires with increasing power reaching far beyond their original borders. But sooner or later each is replaced with another empire, bigger, stronger, and fiercer in their...

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Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love

Misconceptions About Love   We want love. We need love. More than one thousand song titles contain the word love. Books have been written about it. Poems recited. We chase it and sing about it and fall for imitations. And no matter what we do, we can’t get...

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The Shape of Rescue

The Shape of Rescue

The Shape of Rescue   What does rescue look like? Rescue doesn’t always appear in the form we expect. That’s because God doesn’t think as we do. He doesn’t act as we do, either. And trouble follows when I expect God to respond based on my understanding of the...

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Every Day is Special on the Calendar

Every Day is Special on the Calendar

Every Day is Special   Are you tired of all the clichés yet? New year. New start. Blank slate. Except that it isn’t a blank slate anymore, is it? Your days have already begun to fill up, despite the pandemic that refuses to leave. The holidays are a given. New...

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My “One Word”: Courage

My “One Word”: Courage

My "One Word": Courage   New year, new word. For the past several years, I’ve adopted “one word” to focus on as a substitute for resolutions. I choose a word to apply across multiple areas of my life. I say “I choose,” but most years I have the distinct sense...

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The Loss of My Spiritual Father

The Loss of My Spiritual Father

The Loss of My Spiritual Father   I wonder, back in New Testament times, how Timothy felt when he heard the news of the apostle Paul’s death? Did he mourn his own loss and the loss of countless others? Or did he rejoice that his spiritual father and mentor now...

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Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back   Remember the account of Lot’s wife in the book of Genesis? Lot and his family were escaping the town of Sodom when she looked back on her home town with longing (Gen. 19). As bad as it was, Sodom still represented the only life she knew. The...

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Perception of Christianity in One Word

Perception of Christianity in One Word

Perception of Christianity in One Word   This is the time of year when “one-word” posts begin appearing. You may be familiar with them—you may even select one word for yourself as a focus for the new year. It’s something I began doing a few years ago. But this...

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Christmas Love

Christmas Love

All You Need is Christmas Love   In 1967, the Beatles had a hit with their song, “All You Need is Love.” That song became a theme for the 60s and 70s. Love is all the world needed to solve its problems, or so the song claimed. About that time another refrain...

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