Our identity: precious, honored, loved

What do you think of when you look at yourself in a mirror?
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Our identity: Precious, honored, loved

What do you tell yourself when you look in the mirror or at a selfie or an unfiltered photo of yourself? Pay attention to that voice. It shapes your sense of reality.

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 43, God tells the people (through the voice of Isaiah) that they are precious, honored and loved. At the time, the people were probably feeling terrible because they were living in exile. There was grief, loss, poverty, and a sense of alienation. Into that place of brokenness, God offers words of compassion. MORE ›

Troubled waters: Our baptismal identity

In John’s Gospel we learn about a man with severe physical limitations. He is lying by the pool of Bethesda in hopes of being healed. At the pool of Bethesda, an angel of the Lord would come down at a certain season and would “trouble the waters.” And whoever made it into the waters first would be healed.

Great news, right?

That is unless you are the second, sixth, or 28th to get to the water.MORE ›

Cafe Group: Identity

Young women are sharing community, maybe dinner and discussing the faith-based topics that appear in every issue of Café. Each issue of Café features two articles with discussion questions and a closing prayer. You can download and print out the August 2018 issue, or follow along from the website if you have an Internet connection. MORE ›

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Café is a magazine for and with young adult women who want to build their faith.

Café incorporates a Lutheran perspective for young, adult women of Christian faith or simply for any woman who is interested in how faith relates to the issues that women face today. Readers and writers of Café include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation. Pictured: The Young Women’s Bible Study at Clemson University. They read and discuss Café articles once a week.

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