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39 and Holding – March 2013

March 18 of this year would have been Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan’s 40th birthday.  Though something about that number creates discomfort for those reaching it, Kristen was not the sort of person to be bothered by a number.  I know I am not alone in wishing that she had reached that milestone and many more.  Some people joke that they are “39 and holding” rather than

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Time With Loved Ones - February 2013

February is sometimes referred to as the month of love.  We celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and there are many reminders to spend time with our loved ones.   As an Inheritance of Hope volunteer, I recently saw an amazing amount of love at the January Legacy Retreat®.  The families were able to

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Quiet Prayer - January 2013

Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan died on October 26, 2012. The following is part of a Bible study series she wrote. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

My plan for each week is for you to have four days of study and one day set aside for prayer or to catch up on a day missed. Perhaps this could be the day of a longer run. With three young children, our home is rarely quiet. I have recently

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"Lazarus, Come Out" - December 2012

Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan died on October 26. The following is part of a Bible study series she wrote. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

It is said that if Jesus had not used Lazarus’ name when he called him from the grave,

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A Great Man of Weakness - November 2012

Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan died on October 26. The following is part of a Bible study series she wrote. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

We will continue our study of strength in weakness by focusing on the character Gideon, the fifth judge chosen by God to defeat the enemies of Israel in the Book of Judges. Gideon was a man of undisputed weakness. He was the youngest, or weakest, member of the weakest family in the weakest tribe of Israel. It could be argued that he was indeed the weakest man in all of Israel. But it is this man that God chose to

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A Personal Story of Weakness - October 2012

Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan died on October 26. The following is part of a Bible study series she wrote. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

As I felt led to run a marathon, I looked into the training program that was suggested by our wise Team IoH leader, Lisa, and I quickly realized that the training itself was far from my reach.  The first week began with a five mile trek, and I was having difficulty walking down the driveway.

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Liveweak - September 2012

The following is part of Inheritance of Hope co-founder Kristen Milligan's Bible study series. If your church, Bible study, team, or group has interest in experiencing together this study from Kristen's unique perspective as a nine-year cancer survivor, simply contact Aaron@InheritanceOfHope.org.

I have come across many people in the past several years who talk excitedly about a very exclusive club -- the Cancer Club. There is no ID card or dues expected when you are a member of this club. There are no official meetings, no speakers, no banquets.  The only requirement to join is an unexpected and dreaded diagnosis. It is, in essence, an imaginary club with very real members. Members who are hurting and afraid.

I have always found talk about this club a bit odd. I was resistant to joining, but apparently once you qualify you have no choice.

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Inefficient and Undignified, part 2 - August 2012

After recalibrating their regard for the holiness of God and the ark, David leads Israel by bringing the ark into Jerusalem.  David knows how to make an entrance!  2 Samuel 6:12-19 and 1 Chronicles 15-16 depict an exuberant celebration.  There are many instruments making music, singers, sacrifices, offerings, free food, and a scantily clad king.

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Inefficient and Undignified, part 1 - July 2012

2 Samuel 6 is not often cited as a favorite Bible story.  It features God killing a well-intentioned man, an immodestly dressed and wildly dancing king, and a fierce marital spat.  Could such a story have any value for us today?

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Pointless Compassion - June 2012

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells a story which has become widely known, even beyond Christian circles.  The basic plot is this.  A traveler is attacked half to death and left on the road; two religious leaders pass by, but an outsider has compassion and helps the left-for-dead traveler.  The basic point of this basic plot is to demonstrate the nature of neighborly compassion.

This, of course, is an important lesson, but the story is too rich to be left at this familiar level.  

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