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Jaeden's Story

God, what do you want me to see in this story? Where do you want my heart to open up? Why am I here? Flying into Puerto Rico, my heart was confuse...

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2018 08 27 matt towles gratitude 2018 08 27 matt towles gratitude

In All Circumstances Give Thanks

I stood at the open door watching my kids walk out to the car. Both of them carrying impossibly-packed bags, as if they were going to stay for a we...

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Abba: A Lesson for the Hard Days

I found myself on my knees praying for my son, Micah. He had a very rough day. A boy at school had made fun of him and hurt his feelings. He came ...

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KidStuf Update

As ministries grow and change, and as God moves us into new ways of operating, we are recognizing that “what got us here, won’t take us there.” Rec...

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2018 02 26 dawn emeigh haititrip 2018 02 26 dawn emeigh haititrip

When God Uses The Unlikely

The Guest Services group at Blue Ridge is a large ministry consisting of hundreds of servant-hearted and sacrificial people who make our campuses i...

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2018 01 08 eric kountz god lessons 2018 01 08 eric kountz god lessons

God Lessons Amidst Seasons of Change

Eric Koontz came to Blue Ridge after a painful experience in another church’s youth ministry. He thought he was done working in a church. Now, nea...

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2018 01 09 dawn emeigh chasing slow 2018 01 09 dawn emeigh chasing slow

Chasing Slow

Ushering in the New Year seems to always bring with it the opportunity to take inventory of the past and begin looking toward the future. This cou...

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2017 12 31 serving in the landing 2017 12 31 serving in the landing

What God Taught Me Serving with The Landing

The Landing, part of Celebrate Recovery, helped students (middle and high) with their own hurts, habits and hang-ups. Currently, The Landing is on ...

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2017 12 15 acts in real life 2017 12 15 acts in real life

Acts in Real Life

During past visits to Nepal, I have often thought to myself, even commented to others, that I feel like I am in a real-life reenactment of the book...

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2017 12 01 sexism media politics anotherrevelation 2017 12 01 sexism media politics anotherrevelation

Sexism, Media, Politics: Another Revelation

Along with many of you, in recent weeks, I’ve been overwhelmed by revelation after revelation of the rampant sexual misconduct of prominent media p...

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2017 11 27 angeltree nochildforgotten 2017 11 27 angeltree nochildforgotten

Angel Tree: No Child Forgotten

Debbie O’Brien holds a stack of paper angels. From October through December these little pieces of paper take over her life — in the best possible ...

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2017 11 21 be rich this thanksgiving 2017 11 21 be rich this thanksgiving

Be Rich this Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving, more and more signs and social media posts and stories center on the idea of giving thanks. Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousa...

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