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February 5, 2017

Listening to God 
or Goliath?

When David fought Goliath, he had a choice. He could believe either the taunts of Goliath or the promises of God. Replying to the Philistine with today’s verse, David chose God...

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February 4, 2017

New Purpose

We were on holiday in York, a beautiful, historic city in Northern England, filled with overhanging Elizabethan 
buildings, Georgian and Victorian houses, medieval 
churches, city walls, and Roman remains. During our...

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February 3, 2017

Three to Thirty

A school nurse approached our church about providing backpacks filled with food items for a few local schools to send home each Friday with students who would likely have nothing to...

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February 2, 2017

In God’s Hands

Several years ago, my thirteen-year-old daughter needed back surgery to straighten her spine. The diagnosis terrified us. The curve in her back was extensive, and the surgery would be long. During...

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February 1, 2017

To Heal a Broken Heart

We have an old beagle named Shorty. He wandered onto our land seventeen years ago. He’d been abused, judging by the way he made a hasty retreat the moment any of...

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January 31, 2017

Taste and See

When I asked about the growing popularity of gator-tail cuisine, people often said, “It tastes like chicken.” However, when I thought of an alligator, I could not imagine that any part...

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January 30, 2017

Treasure in the Heart

My daughter wanted to redecorate her room, which was cluttered with souvenirs and childhood toys. As I helped her get rid of the stuff 
and decorate with color-
coordinated curtains and bedding,...

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January 29, 2017

Fresh and Green

Standing in Sequoia National Forest, among some of the oldest trees in the world, always makes me look up. I am amazed to be in the presence of something that old...

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January 28, 2017

Rest Practice

I sat at my drums, music playing through my headphones, my hands and feet moving in time to the song I was learning for a theater production. My eyes tracked the...

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January 27, 2017

Looking for the Beauty

At the beginning of our trip to Western Australia, I was on a mission to see wildflowers. As we drove around, I scanned the edges of the roadside where I’d seen...

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The Wondrous Mystery

"If we are disciples of [Jesus'] life, we will above all be reconcilers, seeking always to bring together those who are estranged..." Read more.