Category Archives: brokenness

Lament for Aleppo

WARNING: This video contains distressing, graphic images from Aleppo. I recommend watching it but muting the sound, as the images alone are very powerful. I caught sight of a friend’s post this afternoon that linked to a news report about … Continue reading

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A Divine Intervention

It’s no surprise that we live in a very broken world. As we are involved in ministry, we will encounter many heartbreaking scenes, crises, distressed families, and troubled lives. A wife discovers her husband’s infidelity. A person learns that they … Continue reading

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A Very Nice Nativity

I had a long day at work and when I walked in the house and saw that my husband had put the lights and decorations on the tree that we had chosen with the kids this past weekend, I was … Continue reading

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Give Me Jesus

John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.   As I was putting the lights on our Christmas Tree this … Continue reading

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Flashback

My name is Brittany. I’m not a pastor, ministry leader, or longtime member of Chapelgate Church. I’m just an ordinary girl living life…often day to day, and sometimes more gracefully than others. I’m a writer. It’s not what I do … Continue reading

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My Bethlehem Prayer

One of my favorite Christmas Carols is O Little Town of Bethlehem. It’s a sweet hymn that I love to sing and listen to throughout the Advent season. Of all the stanzas though, my favorite is the fourth and final. … Continue reading

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Christmas Obscured

As I was talking with a young man who came very close to destroying his marriage of 5 years, I saw the pain on his face, his voice trembling as he told his story. His life became a web of … Continue reading

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Where’s My Joy?

It’s there we find our joy. It’s not in our circumstances, in the events of our lives both in and out of our control. No, our joy is found as we in faith anchor ourselves to Jesus. In faith, believing that our circumstances, struggles and pain are not the final word or the end of the story. Continue reading

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Makeshift Christmas

Until Jesus returns, we will experience the effects of the fall, but along our way, we can find comfort in the fact that our God is not some faraway, impersonal deity, but One who has tasted and lived our story, in real time – all to welcome us into His. Continue reading

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Family Fun

Truth is, Christmas is difficult for families. The old wounds surface, the simmering tensions boil, and the endless frustrations rear their heads. In the midst of it – remember that baby. That baby who came to redefine families as Jesus is our most perfect older brother. He gave his life for us. He gave his place for us. He gives us value. Continue reading

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