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September 27, 2023

More than We Can Chew

The dog came out from under the deck with a piece of naan bread in her mouth. She obviously had a buried stash of food. On occasion, she’s been known to...

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September 26, 2023

Peace Be with You

Early in my childhood my mother introduced me to a fearless Jesus, who dared to care for others and to speak against evil, violence, and injustice. In today’s reading from John,...

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September 25, 2023

Always with Us

I had taken a road trip to Olympic National Park in Washington State. It was beautiful, and the spring flowers were in bloom. I spent a day at the beach, where...

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September 24, 2023

The Bread of Life

My daughters and I were excited to attend our first American Sign Language class at church. Our instructor explained that the sign for Jesus was made by touching a finger to...

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September 23, 2023

Counting My Blessings

It was yet another ordinary day, and I did not want to get out of bed. I got ready for work, feeling unmotivated and thinking about how monotonous life can be....

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September 22, 2023

In Our Suffering

I have a chronic illness. When my disease is active, I look for anything that will provide me with a little relief. Before I had the necessary surgery and got on...

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September 21, 2023

Building Bridges

I pastor a church that has a long-running program to serve our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. Every Monday, our campus turns into a hub for people to...

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September 20, 2023

The Light of Life

The psalmist said God’s word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. Recently, I had an experience where God’s word enlightened my path. I had been...

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September 19, 2023

Different, Yet the Same

Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I attended a lot of different churches. Looking back, I see how every church that my dad served was distinct. The congregations, services, outreach programs,...

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