REFLECTIONS & STORIES

The blog of the Body Oak Cliff community

This blog seeks to capture the latest reflections of the Body Oak Cliff team (Joel & Deborah), as well as stories of transformation in our community. Many of the posts include reflection questions to help you interact with the content. If you find something that resonates with you, consider sharing it with a friend or small group and let the questions prompt meaningful conversation.

We hope that what you read here will encourage you on your journey and empower you to love in the everyday!

God’s Righteous Tree (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 15, 2017

  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3b   Guest post by Peggy Winford [Peggy, and her husband Rick, recently became “second career” missionaries, moving to serve in Europe after 34 years of working in the high tech industry. They are serving in…

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Clear the Way – Your God is Coming! (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 13, 2017

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” – John 1:23 Guest post by Rachel Kramer “Make straight the way of the Lord!”  This is the kind of phrase I heard around Christmas time as a kid that, to my y0ung ears, was…

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God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

By Guest Contributor | Dec 11, 2017

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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He Carries Us Close to His Heart (Advent 2017)

By Deborah Cunningham | Dec 7, 2017

One of the Advent passages for this week contains one of my favorite verses of all time (Isa. 40:11): He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I’m not sure there’s a more gentle, tender image…

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My Story | Matt Glenn

By Body Oak Cliff | Dec 5, 2017

“A year ago,” Matt says “the future was a black hole.” As an attorney at his father’s firm, tension in his relationship with his father impacted both his personal life and his work life. On top of that, he was going through a painful breakup. “I was in a tough spot,” he says. “I was broken,…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

By Joel Pulis | Dec 1, 2017

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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Presence & Longing (Advent 2017)

By Deborah Cunningham | Nov 29, 2017

  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene. (1 Cor. 1:7)     Thanksgiving was a really hard day for me this year. People always say that the holidays can be hard, but I’d never felt it as acutely as…

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My Story | Vera Padilla

By Body Oak Cliff | Nov 28, 2017

Before starting her Faithwalking journey, Vera felt stuck. It had been a year since her divorce, and she was still without a job. When she and her four children (ages 16, 14, 13, and 9) had to move in with her parents, she felt like a failure. God, where are you going to use me?…

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We are All the Work of Your Hand! (2017 Advent Reflections)

By Joel Pulis | Nov 26, 2017

…We are all the work of your hand.  –  Isaiah 64:8b The work of formation is central to the mission of Body Oak Cliff.  It’s our belief that empowering people to more fully experience and embody the love of God is the best way to bring about change in the places we live, work, and…

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