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June 30, 2020

A Cry for Help

I had been driving to a town almost 200 miles away for an annual professional conference. I had set out expecting the drive to be a fun adventure, but then my...

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June 23, 2020

Resting in Prayer

As someone who wrestles with anxiety, I know what it means to live every day with persistent worry. Instead of anticipating positive outcomes for situations in my life, I frequently fear...

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June 22, 2020

Compassion

Every so often a certain young man would arrive at my workplace to ask for money or for other assistance. Sometimes I willingly gave him money. Other times I did so...

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June 14, 2020

The First Place

When I was eight years old, I remember helping my father search for his lost keys. As his frustration mounted, he asked, “Why is it that whenever you lose something, it’s...

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June 7, 2020

Faith in God’s Word

In April of 1980 my family was caught in a deadly military overthrow of the government. As we took cover from the rapid fire of machine guns on our Liberian home,...

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May 26, 2020

Content Where I Am

I’m thankful for the lovely part of the world I live in. Lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, and mountains are all just a short drive away. I often go out to photograph...

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May 24, 2020

I Belong!

Nearly everyone wants to feel they belong — that they are part of a group, have a cultural identity, and are accepted. Though this need is often associated with teenage years,...

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May 18, 2020

The Ultimate Connection

On the island of Trinidad where I grew up, some of the agricultural crops include pumpkin, watermelon, passion fruit, and tomatoes. All these fruits grow on vines. In John 15, Jesus...

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May 13, 2020

Trust through Prayer

As my wife and I finished dinner one evening, we got a phone call from my sister-in-law. She told us that her husband had been in an accident and had suffered...

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May 11, 2020

Iron Sharpens Iron

During this past school year, a colleague and friend approached me and suggested I start a Bible study for teachers. After some thought and prayer, I decided to send an email...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what is it that you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s People and like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”

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